First off, let's start with what is likely the least important portion of this article, but still a valid topic of discussion: recruiting.
Recruiting doesn't necessarily seem like something Stoops should stress over during the course of the season when he has actual games to worry about, but there's no doubt he's thinking about it somewhere in the back of his mind.
There are 17 seniors currently on this Sooners roster that are either starters or will likely earn significant playing time—that's a good chunk of guys to make up for next year. Then, if you add on the junior starters that could go pro, such as Kenny Stills, Tony Jefferson and Tom Wort, then the Sooners could be in trouble next year.
The Sooners certainly have some promising freshman, sophomore and junior athletes already with the team, but this is an important recruiting class for years to come.
So far, recruiting is off to a good start, as the Sooners have already received verbal commitments from five 4-star recruits, including the No. 2 and No. 3 running backs in the class—Greg Bryant (Delray Beach, Florida) and Keith Ford (Cypress, Texas).
The Sooners have received commitments from in-state defensive prospects D.J. Ward (No. 8 defensive end) and Stanvon Taylor (No. 22 athlete), as well. While Bryant and Ford may look the best on paper, Ward and Taylor are likely to have the most immediate impact from the class so far.
On a bit of a side note, the transfer train is already off and running once again. Wide receiver Kameel Jackson has chosen to transfer to Texas A&M. This just shows the impact that freshman receiver Trey Metoyer is going to have with the team.
However, Oklahoma received a transfer of their own—Jalen Saunders, a speedy wide receiver out of Fresno State, has decided to wear crimson and cream next season. Saunders led the Bulldogs with 50 catches for 1,065 yards and 12 touchdowns, which was good enough to earn him All-Western Athletic Conference honors.