Brett Deering/Getty Images
Notable Recruits: QB Blake Bell, DB Tony Jefferson, WR Kenny Stills, RB Brennan Clay and RB Roy Finch
2010 was a pivotal year in Sooner nation that featured one of the best incoming freshman classes the school had ever seen.
Despite Rivals.com refusing to name any of the recruits in the Sooners 2010 class with the coveted "5-star" tag, the coaching staff had done their homework and knew who they wanted.
The "Cali Trio" consisting of Tony Jefferson, Kenny Stills and Brennan Clay were all highly recruited prospects from the state of California that banded together and signed with Oklahoma.
With each seeing varying levels of playing time as true freshmen, they have all been very vocal in their roles as leaders on the team heading in 2012. While Clay is stuck in the thick of a position battle at running back, Jefferson and Stills are both at the top of the ladder at their respective positions.
Blake Bell, now famous as the driving force behind the "Belldozer" short yardage package, was also a huge coup among the class of 2010 recruits. His signing was praised as the next great Sooners quarterback arriving in Norman, but with Landry Jones returning in 2012, we will have to wait at least one more year to see if Bell is able to fully take over the Sooner offense.
Roy Finch also came into Norman in 2010 and immediately saw extended playing time as a true freshman behind DeMarco Murray. He displayed some incredible balance during multiple runs in his freshman year exciting Sooner nation for his return in 2011. Dominique Whaley ended up beating out Finch for the starting job in 2011, but Finch took over as the starter mid-way through the season after Whaley went down with an injury. Look for Finch to resume his positional battle with Whaley in 2012.
Those are the most notable recruits, but we haven't even begun to scratch the surface on the sheer amount of depth this 2010 class provided.
Linebacker Corey Nelson is targeted to be the the starting weakside linebacker in 2012 with another 2010 recruit, Aaron Franklin, set to back him up.
Aaron Colvin is poised to return as one of the starting safeties in the Sooners secondary alongside Tony Jefferson.
Trey Millard transitioned from a high school tight end to a stand-out fullback for the Sooners.
Offensive linemen Bronson Irwin, Tyrus Thompson, Adam Shead and Daryll Williams all provided a great deal of depth on the line and could easily see increased amount of playing time in 2012.
Defensive back Quentin Hayes hopes to crack into the rotation at safety in 2012 while defensive ends Chuka Ndulue and Geneo Grissom are poised to do the same on the D-line.
While there are still a handful of other recruits part of the 2010 class who contributed to the Sooners at some point already during their collegiate careers, I think it's safe to say that the class of 2010 was the best over the course of the last five years.
5-star Recruits: 0
4-star Recruits: 16
3-star Recruits: 13
(Courtesy of Rivals.com)