OU Class of 2014: Offensive tackle

OU needed help at offensive tackle and got that assistance with three quality signees for the 2014 class.

Oklahoma finished its Class of 2014 with 26 signees and the top-rated Scout class for the Big 12 conference.

Over the next week, Sooners Illustrated is going to look back at the class and let the OU coaches help explain why fans should be excited.

Offensive tackle

Joseph Paul

Entering the month of January, OU had zero offensive tackle commits. The Sooners closed with three on signing day. It started with Paul, who might be the most impressive recruit in terms of size for the class. It's possible he could be moved to guard going forward, but he's going to start at right tackle and OU will monitor things going forward.

Kenyon Frison

An absolute necessity for the class. OU needed a true offensive tackle for the class and coming down the stretch it became obvious the No. 1 choice was Frison. Originally committed to Utah, offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh and defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery put in the work to get the four-star prospect. Frison might need a year to develop, but he's the best tackle prospect OU has earned in a while.

Orlando Brown

Everybody, including Sooners Illustrated, thought OU's class was done at 25 signees. But OU pulled off the signing day surprise with the addition of three-star tackle Brown, flipping his commitment from Tennessee at the last minute. Brown's father played in the NFL so there's no doubt the athletic pedigree is there. He needs to get his academics in order before things are officially good to go, but OU feels the risk is worth the reward.

Coaches corner

"They're all physical, athletic and have great work ethic. Making things really simple, I thought Bill did a really great job this year of simplifying the way our guys play. I think that will continue in our offensive line play. We definitely have an identity." – OU co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell

"Kenyon only played two years of high school football. Has a ton of room for continued improvement. Possesses unlimited ability. Has displayed tremendous flexibility." – OU offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh


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