Oklahoma Sooner fans, like followers of other teams, are boning up on the incoming recruiting class and trying to keep their excitement about the upcoming season to a manageable level.
Looking at analyses of prospects can be very informative and interesting, but projections are called projections for a reason—nobody knows for sure if that 5-star recruit will pan out or if that 2-star prospect will somehow make it to the NFL.
Granted, scouting reports are a valuable tool, but they can't measure intangibles. They don't account for the players that transcend their perceived "limitations" and blossom as football players.
As OU fans bask in the glory of another promising class, here's a look at five Sooners from the Bob Stoops Era who should be praised for defying the odds and making the absolute best of what they had.