NORMAN, Okla. – The 2013 University of Oklahoma recruiting class crossed international and state boundaries as the Sooners inked signees from five different states, in addition to one student-athlete from Canada. In total, Oklahoma announced 24 signees Wednesday, the first day of the college football letter of intent signing period.
The class is comprised of 19 high school athletes and four junior college transfers, encompassing 10 different positions. Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops indicated he was pleased with the quality and quantity of athletes added to the program on signing day.
"We've got great players across the board at all positions and all the positions we needed," Stoops said. "As we recruit through the years, we always want a little bit of everybody. We need help at all positions, and I feel like we got that, in particular in the lines and a lot of skill athletes around them."
The state of Texas produced the most signees with 12, followed by Oklahoma with five student-athletes and California with three. In addition to one student-athlete from Canada, the Sooners signed one player each from the states of Florida, Michigan and Washington.
The 15th signing class under Stoops featured seven defensive linemen, the highest total of any position group. In addition, the Sooners also added three offensive linemen. Stoops indicated that adding strong performers on both lines was a priority for the Sooners.
"First, at the line of scrimmage, I felt we got some excellent guys up front on the offensive line," Stoops said. "And then on the defensive line, I felt like we got a lot of good ends and defensive tackles, guys that will help improve our interior."
Oklahoma also bolstered its skill positions with Wednesday's signing class. The wide receiver unit added four student-athletes, and three cornerbacks joined the squad. Two linebackers, two safeties, one quarterback and one running back rounded out the 2013 class.
"When you look at their size, when you look at their skill level, their ability, and the way they run, really, we expect all these guys to be able to play," Stoops said of the additions in the defensive secondary.
"We got four excellent receivers," Stoops added. "Two really big guys when you look at Dannon Cavil and Jordan Smallwood, another guy who has great size and strength. And then a couple of other guys that are excellent players, K.J. Young and Austin Bennett are guys that can play outside and inside, great route runners, great athletes and great hands."
Four new players are already attending classes at Oklahoma: punter Jed Barnett, wide receiver Dannon Cavil, safety Ahmad Thomas and defensive end D.J. Ward. The head coach also made a point to highlight the ability of Barnett, the lone specialist among today's signee group.
"Jed Barnett is a guy we really needed," Stoops said. "He's one of the best junior college punters in the country. His hang time is around four seconds or better. No one gets really excited about Jed until next year when you're punting the ball. I was focused on it and really excited about Jed. He's got a big leg, and I really believe he's going to be a key ingredient for us when we're on the field next fall."
With signing day complete, Oklahoma turns its attention towards the spring practice which is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, March 6.