OU Class of 2014: Cornerback

If there was one area OU needed to hit on defense for the 2014 class, it was in the secondary. Mission accomplished.

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.

Cornerback

Marcus Green

It was only a matter of time after the offer was made. Green wanted to be a Sooner and nothing ever changed after May. Green has been pegged as corner and as a safety, but the truth is nobody really knows at this point. He has the skills to do both and the size to do both. He could also emerge as a nickelback for the future.

Tito Windham

We all know the story by now of Mike Stoops needing a mere three plays of film before making the offer. Smaller than most corners, the coaches are excited about his ball skills and incredible speed. It's going to be interesting to see how Windham responds going up against taller receivers, but there's no doubt the talent is there.

Jordan Thomas

Classified as a safety for the longest time, the OU coaches made it clear Thomas is going to be a cornerback going forward. A borderline four-star recruit, Thomas was a major steal by OU late in the process by getting him from Northwestern.

Coaches corner

We signed five guys that are really all good players. Steven Parker was a big get. He's from right here in-state. He is a difference maker in the back end, especially in the middle of the field. Vontre McQuinnie is a safety with him, Tito Windham and Jordan Thomas as corners and Marcus Green is a guy who could play corner, he could play safety, could play nickel, we love his versatility, speed and size." – OU coach Bob Stoops

"We play with five DBs every snap, so getting five was what we needed to do. Certainly, we look for some of those guys to contribute for us and I think when you look at those guys that bring versatility and size, range, and that's what we needed to do. I thought we got two pure cover guys in Jordan Thomas and Tito Windham. I thought Steven [Parker] gives us a great cover guy. Vontre [McQuinnie] gives us a great presence and Marcus Green is a guy I think can play all five positions. The versatility, the different types of players that play to their strengths give us some flexibility in the secondary and we're really thin right now. We were a couple guys short a year ago so it was good to get a good, solid class of DBs." – OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops

"Tito is really explosive. He's fast, explosive, great in the open field. He's a good return guy. Punt return, kickoff return. He's got great closing speed. He's a guy with great ball skills and has played both sides of the ball. His time at the combines was a 4.37. He played quarterback and receiver.

"Jordan is a bigger, longer type of corner. He's got great speed and great ball skills. He played both sides of the ball in high school. He has been a quarterback, wide receiver, as well as a corner so he has a lot of good ball skills. He's really good when the ball is in the air. He's a guy that will go get the football for you. He is a bigger guy, longer guy, so he will match up well with bigger wide receivers." – OU cornerbacks coach Bobby Jack Wright


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