Recruiting – Part I…

Recruiting Season Highlights…


  • Alabama #1 ranking for the fourth year in a row spells a clear case of dynasty, both for the Crimson Tide and for the SEC.  The SEC had seven teams ranked in the top ten. 


  • All of this makes the OU win over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl all the more impressive. 


  • The impact of the OU Sugar Bowl win will never fully understood.  At one point the Sooners were ranked as low a #38 by Rivals.  After the win, interest skyrocketed.  Both Mixon and Parker made it clear that they would not have signed with the Sooners without the Sugar Bowl win.


  • Great teams reload every year.  With this recruiting class and 17 returning starters OU is on its way back to those days.


  • On the down side the conference had no teams ranked in the top ten for the second year in a row.  This fact may be problematic for the conference’s’ RPI next year.


  •  There appears to be life in Morgantown after all.  Holgorsen recruited his next Geno Smith and the Mountaineer 2015 class is ranked #6 in the nation by 247sports.


  • Baylor’s new stadium paid dividends in 2014, but not as much as expected.  The flirting of Art Briles with Texas hurt the Bear cause. 


  • Can’t miss difference-makers are players that rank in the top 100.   Joe Mixon, Michaeh Quick and Steven Parker are difference makers.   Texas and Baylor with two and Iowa State with one round out this group.  


  • Stealing Joe Mixon away from the Pac 12 was similar to OU stealing Adrian Peterson away from Texas a decade ago.  Hopefully, the results will be the same.


  • The Texas A&M move to the SEC continues to pay huge dividends…The Aggies captured the  #3 national recruiting class that included two (2) of the top ten and three (3) of the top twenty five players in America.  With this in mind, OU convincing Steven Parker to stay home was no small feat. 


  • Give Paul Rhoads and Iowa State credit.  Convincing one of the top receivers in America to stay home and play in the cold wasteland of Iowa was no small accomplishment.  Alan Lazard is a national top 50 player and a difference maker.   


  • It appears that Kansas has decided to continue the K-State formula filling up its recruiting classes with juco players.  Only time will tell if the results are the same.  2014 is a must win year for Charlie Weis and the Jayhawks. 


  • The OSU spin doctors proved their worth once again.  In spite of SI’s Dirty Game exposé’ the Cowboys recruited a top 25 class.  In the old days, negative recruiting would have made sure this did not happen… Sometimes I miss the good old days…



Part I…Class of 2014 Highlights…

Part II…OU versus rival schools…

Part III…The Big 12 rankings…

Part IV…Power Conference rankings…

Part V…Power Conference Recruiting = 2014 Final Four Placement…

Part VI…Did the SEC stranglehold over Texas high school athletes materialize?

Part VII…Do academics matter in recruiting? 












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