The letter of intents are in. No more in-home visits. No more wondering who is going to join Oklahoma for the Class of 2015.
With that in mind, a look back at how OU got to its 24 signees, starting with where the Sooners stood at this time last year.
OU was looking great at this time last year with four commits all in the Scout 300. Coming off the win in the Sugar Bowl, the Sooners were poised for an incredible, anchored by four linemen. Offensive linemen Josh Wariboko and Bobby Evans were already in the fold, while defensive linemen Du’Vonta Lampkin and Marquise Overton were in, too. It was looking like a fantastic start.
After two junior days and nothing to come of them during February and March, things started to heat up again in April. But not for good reasons. In the span of a week, both Wariboko and Lampkin decommitted from the Sooners. It was a huge blow and a confusing one as there never seemed to be any real indicator that something like that was going to happen.
OU got back on the board with kicker Austin Seibert. He was OU’s lone commit of the month, but OU needed some good news after the way April happened. Seibert was targeted early by special teams coach Jay Boulware as the kicker for the future. Nothing ever changed with Seibert, who never questioned his decision.
A great month for OU, especially in the state of Texas. OU landed the commitments of P.J. Mbanasor, Rodney Anderson and Dominique Hearne in a 10-day period. Mbanasor wound up as OU’s highest-ranked defensive back at No. 103, while Anderson also made the final Scout 300. Hearne was a mystery but is someone who kept improving throughout his senior season.
Defensive end was the theme of this month as three-star prospects Tyrell Jacobs and Kenneth Mann committed within days of each other. Jacobs eventually found a home at Missouri, while Mann seems like one of those sneaky under the radar three-star prospects you hear about. His size seems perfect for what OU likes to do with its defensive ends.
Back to practice, and OU fared well right before the season started. It began with the commitment of John Humphrey on the first Saturday of the month. A week later, Cody Ford flipped his commitment from TCU to OU. And on his birthday two weeks after that, Scout 150 offensive lineman Dru Samia picked the Sooners when it looked like UCLA had long been the favorite.
Tennessee weekend began being the gift that kept giving. OU landed two commits during the weekend in Jamal Danley and Will Sunderland. Danley is a Scout Juco 50 prospect, while Sunderland finished as the No. 1 prospect in the state. From No. 1 to under the radar as OU also picked up a commitment from Dalton Wood, who might as well be known as “slash” since it’s so unclear what position he’ll play since he can play so many.
Time to dip in the juco waters as OU added two junior college commitments in cornerback Will Johnson and wide receiver Dede Westbrook. Westbrook is OU’s highest-rated juco transfer and is off to a great start at OU. The Sooners also added their first piece to 2016 in North Mesquite (Texas) High offensive tackle Jean Delance, who is the cornerstone for that class right now.
You could talk December all you want, but it was really all Dec. 19 with the one-two punch of five-star linebacker Ricky DeBerry and four-star safety Kahlil Haughton. It was one incredible day for OU, who was in badly need of something positive after the Bedlam blunder. DeBerry ended up as OU’s highest-rated signee at No. 25 in the nation. Jacobs officially decommitted from OU on Dec. 20.
Three more defensive prospects added this month in Scout 100 defensive lineman Neville Gallimore, followed by a couple of quality three-star recruits in defensive lineman Gabriel Campbell and cornerback Antoine Stephens. Gallimore, from Canada, might be OU’s biggest recruiting victory in beating out Florida State and Ohio State for his signature.
It started Super Bowl Sunday with wide receiver Adrian Miller committing. The good news kept coming Monday as wide receiver Dahu Green and linebacker Arthur McGinnis both pledged to OU. And finally OU was able to make it a perfect four-for-four on final official visit weekend and flip three-star safety Prentice McKinney from North Carolina to the Sooners.
There you have it. How OU ended up with 24 signees. Now it’s onto 2016, and OU will get it rolling in a huge way with its first junior day Feb. 15.