OU Class of 2014: Safety

OU's first commit was a safety and one of its last ones was a safety. Both were big additions.

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.


Vontre McQuinnie

McQuinnie is always going to have that distinction as the first commit of the class. Thought initially to be an outside linebacker, he's going to be expected to bring the wood at safety. He has better cover skills than the average safety so no doubt OU loves his versatility.

Steven Parker

The much talked about recruitment ended in a big win for OU. There really isn't anything Parker can't do in the defensive backfield. Parker is the favorite at this point to be one of those impact freshmen next season. He's a difference maker, it's just a question of when it's going to happen.

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 gives us a great cover guy. Vontre 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.

"Vontre brings physicality to our defense. He's a big, strong safety type, a lower box player. He has movements, but he brings a physical presence to our secondary. Steven is a great athlete. He could play either side of the ball. He brings versatility to our secondary. He moves like a corner, but plays like a safety. Great cover skills." – OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops

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