The Oklahoma Sooners' signing day started off with a bang as Bob Stoops' staff signed two players who could determine the future of the team's offense: running back Keith Ford and quarterback Cody Thomas.
The Sooners have featured a high-powered attack since Stoops took over 14 seasons ago, but even with a potent passing game, Oklahoma's offense still needs a great rushing attack. Ford could be the team's next big-time player coming out of the backfield.
According to 247Sports, Ford is the highest-ranked player to sign with the Sooners, and he was the highest-ranked player on their commitment board throughout the season. The 5-star back from Cypress, TX tallied 1,868 yards and 24 rushing touchdowns on 280 carries for Cypress Ranch in 2012.
Moreover, 247Sports' Gerry Hamilton touted Ford as the best back at the 2013 Under Armour All-America Game practices. Hamilton ranked Ford over Florida enrollee Kelvin Taylor, 247Sports' no. 2 running back in the nation, which should bode well for Oklahoma's backfield.
The Sooners are also looking to replace Landry Jones at quarterback, and in their first recruiting class without their all-time passing leader, Oklahoma landed a 4-star player, according to 247Sports.
Cody Thomas is a tall, pro-style quarterback from Colleyville, TX and is the prototypical quarterback for Oklahoma's system.
Could he start in the near future? It is possible, but all signs point to Blake Bell and Trevor Knight battling it out for the starting spot.
However, Thomas has the size and ability to be the starter down the road.
The 4-star prospect passed for 4,154 yards and 46 touchdowns for Colleyville Heritage in 2012 and only threw six interceptions. He ranked as the No. 6 pro-style quarterback, according to 247Sports' rankings and the No. 9 ranked player from Texas. He earned high praise from Oklahoma assistant coach Cale Gundy.
According to ESPN's Jake Trotter on signing day, Gundy said Thomas reminds him of Sam Bradford in high school and called him Sam Bradford-like when he throws the ball.
Cale Gundy says QB Cody Thomas reminds him of Sam Bradford. Calls him a "Sam Bradford-type" the way he throws the ball.— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) February 6, 2013
Gundy's comments come with high praise considering what Sam Bradford did for Oklahoma's program from 2007-2009.
Oklahoma now possesses the pieces for their offense's future. Ford and Thomas may not start this season, but they will likely impact the Sooners in the coming years.
Can the Sooners continue to move the ball like they have in the past? Do they have the players to get the job done offensively?
These questions won't have answers until September, but after signing Ford and Thomas, Oklahoma now has potential answers to questions they could face in the future.