A New Number One!

Fresh off of a National Championship appearance and three consecutive Big 12 Titles the Sooners enter the '09 football season holding on to the top spot in the latest updated Scout.com recruiting rankings.

Monday's commitment from Scout.com three-star prospect Trey Millard helped Oklahoma overtake the top spot from their most bitter rival, Texas, in the updated team recruiting rankings.

The Sooners now have 22 commitments for a total of 3803 points (3.59 average star ranking) and the Longhorns have 19 commitments for a total of 3777 points (3.89 average star ranking).

Since the inception of the Scout.com team rankings system the Sooners have averaged an overall finish of 12.5, with the lowest overall ranking coming in '07 (30) and the highest overall ranking coming in '03 (3).

So with commitments from four of the Top 100 players OU could have a chance to secure its highest ranking ever.

Scout.com National Director of Recruiting, Scott Kennedy, has been in the college football recruiting ranking game in its earliest stages with Scout, and he is impressed with the Sooners quick start.

"Oklahoma is so strong," Kennedy said of OU's '10 efforts. "I know that they have secured some commitments from a top quarterback (Blake Bell) and two top running backs (Brennan Clay and Roy Finch)."

"Last year I know that they went heavy on defense, but this year they have seemed to spread it more across the board."

With 22 commits in the fold before the season even kicks off Oklahoma is probably off to their fastest start under Bob Stoops.

Kennedy believes that the intense rivalry with the Longhorns for recruiting dominance in the "Lone Star State" has helped speed up the efforts and the urgency on the recruiting trail.

"Their main rivals for recruits right now is the team that goes out and gets the recruits the absolute earliest, Texas," Kennedy began.

"So if they are going to try and get some of the players that Texas wants then they need to get out there and start offering and taking commitments even earlier, because as we all know Texas is going to be done with their class in March. OU is one of the few teams if not the only team that can go head to head with the University of Texas with that type of success."

This recruiting season OU has had an abundance of success outside of the state of Texas and Kennedy chalks that up to the success that the team has had under Stoops.

Under Stoops' guidance OU won the 2000 national championship, played for three more and captured six Big 12 titles. Oklahoma has spent 24 weeks at No. 1

"There is no doubt that Oklahoma is a national team, there is no doubt about it," confirmed Kennedy. "It pays to be in the big games and the success in it is not as big as actually making it. When you are playing in the National Championship game recruits stand up and take notice."

"When big time players stand up and say that they want to go out of state for school, then why not Oklahoma? They are playing for the big prize, seemingly, almost every year, so they have a good chance to go out in anybody's back yard and go head to head with them."

Last year Ohio State managed to stay atop of the rankings from day one, but this year there are number of schools nipping at the Sooners' heals and we have already seen at least one change happen today when OU crept past UT.

Texas, Alabama, and LSU are all within 300 points of the number one slot, so OU will have to snag a few more top ranked players before they can cement their current standing.

"What they need to be able to do (to remain number one) is probably secure commitments from the receivers that they are in on," Kennedy explained. "If they get Darius White and Kenny Stills, two five-star receivers, then that is close to 600 points to add to their average."

" What I know is that regardless of whether they end up 50 points ahead or 50 points below the top spot, they are bringing in a very high quality batch of players in to a successful system and that is what fans are accustomed to at Oklahoma over the past decade."

The Sooners also remain in the hunt for nationally rated players like Seantrel Henderson, who is rated as the number one prospect in the country, Jackson Jeffcoat, Ego Ferguson, Ricky Heimuli, Cassius Marsh and Rashod Favors.

Out of the 22 commitments the Sooners currently boast four Scout.com Top 100 prospects and have secured commitments from 11 of the Top 300.

Link: Complete Oklahoma Commitment List

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