Top 10 Football Recruit Classes: No. 4 Oklahoma
For the next two months, SchoolSports.com will rank the Top 10 recruiting classes for the Class of 2004, spotlighting a different college each week. To recap, we ranked USC at No. 1, Miami at No. 2 and LSU at No. 3. Now it's on to No. 4.
No. 4 Oklahoma
The Oklahoma football program can place a lot of the blame on why it lost, 21-14, to LSU in last season's BCS title game on their offense, which mustered just 172 total yards against the Tigers.
Well Sooners fans, help is on the way in the form of Palestine High (Texas) RB Adrian Peterson and Grand Prairie High (Texas) QB Rhett Bomar.
Peterson is rated the nation's top running back and the No. 3 overall recruit in the Class of 2004 by SchoolSports.com. The 6-foot-3, 207-pounder was named the SchoolSports Offensive Player of the Year this year after rushing for 2,079 yards and 29 touchdowns on 222 carries (9.4 yards-per-carry) his senior season. He's so talented that he could compete for a starting spot with the Sooners this fall.
Bomar will be learning from one of the nation's best quarterbacks in Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Jason White, who was granted an extra year of eligibility by the NCAA.
Bomar, who's rated the No. 5 overall recruit in the Class of 2004 by SchoolSports.com, completed 90-of-147 passes last fall for 1,272 yards and 15 touchdowns with only six interceptions. He added 547 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns on 80 attempts.
Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops added to his defense with his two other Top 100 recruits, Hubbard High (Ill.) LB Chris Patterson and Waco High (Texas) DB Marcus Walker.
Patterson is simply a playmaker at the linebacker spot, racking up over 100 tackles to go along with nine sacks and 22 tackles for loss his senior season, earning All-State honors from the Chicago Tribune. He's rated the nation's No. 33 player in the Class of 2004 by SchoolSports.com.
Walker, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound cornerback, didn't have eye-popping stats his senior season because nobody would throw his way. In fact, teams completed only one pass in 25 attempts against him.
Other notable recruits include: South Oak Cliff High (Texas) WR Lendy Holmes, who caught 38 passes and scored 10 touchdowns his senior year; Trinity Christian Academy (Fla.) DB Brett Bowers, who had 77 tackles (38 solo), three interceptions and three sacks this past fall; Booker T. Washington High (Okla.) WR Quentin Chaney, who caught 24 passes for 570 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior; and Ursuline High (Ohio) OL Brandon Braxton.
Check back in next week as SchoolSports.com unveils the No. 5 football recruiting class in the Class of 2004.