It was July 30, 2015, and Oklahoma’s 2016 recruiting class was about as uneven as anyone could remember during the Bob Stoops era.
Around a handful of commits, one four-star in the group (Austin Kendall) and a bunch of guys recruiting experts were skeptical as it pertained to development.
Then Chanse Sylvie committed. And the next day, #OUDNA became the talk of a nation. Not a city or state, but a nation.
July 31 was when linebacker Bryce Youngquist committed to the Sooners, a huge win for OU when it looked like Oregon was the clear leader for months and months.
The swagger was back. At least on social media. OU was expected for major things during the 2014 season only to have arguably the most disappointing season of any in Stoops’ time in Norman. Dreams of a national championship were replaced by a nightmare-ish 8-5 year that saw OU lose at home three times and get throttled by Clemson in the Russell Athletic Bowl. The Russ-Who-What Bowl?
Leaders on that team like Eric Striker, Charles Tapper, Zack Sanchez and Sterling Shepard vowed another year like that would never occur again.
Following Youngquist’s commitment, #OUDNA became a trend on Twitter. A national trend. From recruits to player to coaches to legends like Adrian Peterson, Gerald McCoy, that Friday night was consumed by #OUDNA.
How much? To the tune of more than 10,000 tweets of #OUDNA in the evening. Baylor and TCU were supposed to be battling out for conference supremacy, but the Sooners were making sure everybody didn’t forget about them.
It carried over onto the field and onto the recruiting trail. OU won its ninth Big 12 championship under Stoops and became the first Big 12 school to appear in the four-team college football playoff.
And then recruiting took over. Following July, OU was able to sign six recruits in the Scout 300 (Jordan Parker, Abdul Adams, Amani Bledsoe, Mark Jackson, Caleb Kelly, Parrish Cobb), three in the Scout juco 100 (Ashton Julious, Ben Powers, Kapri Doucet) and nine more four-star prospects (Erik Swenson, Zach Farrar, Mykel Jones) overall.
That was just the beginning. The success of the season combined with a vastly different approach from the coaching staff spurred what has become the #SoonerSquad17 movement.
OU enters August this time around with 12 commits in the Scout 300 and could very well be on pace for the best class (based on rankings) since Stoops has been in Norman. A major start for 2018 is a sign that perhaps the best might somehow still be to come.
It was 367 days ago when #OUDNA took the Twitter world by storm. The sleeping giant that is OU woke up, and the Sooners haven’t looked back since.