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Scout.com Ranks Oklahoma's 2011 Recruiting Class Third

NEW YORK - APRIL 22:  Gerald McCoy (R) from the Oklahoma Sooners poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell as they hold a Tampa Bay Buccaneers jersey after McCoy was selected by the Buccaneers number 3 overall during the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 22, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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J. Robert ByromCorrespondent IJuly 10, 2010

It's good news and bad news for Oklahoma University in Scout's initial recruiting rankings .

The good news is that despite a lackluster recruiting season, with no huge names committing, OU's work ethic has landed them at No.3 in the initial poll released by Scout.com earlier this week.

Further good news is that the top four teams: Texas, Ohio State, Oklahoma, and oddly-enough Stanford, are well above anyone else in the poll.

The bad news is that Texas is putting together what appears to be an epic class with 10 of the top 100 and seven five-star recruits.

While Texas is used to fast starts in recruiting and usually gets caught and passed by the other major schools (like OU did last year in Scout.com 's rankings), it is highly unlikely anyone will surpass the Longhorns this year as they probably will add two or three more names.

And at this point, you have to believe the Longhorns have pulled scholarship offers from anyone who is not a five-star player.

The only true comfort for Sooners fans is that Texas can only put 11 men on the field at one time.

Plus, it seems the Sooners have better luck turning second-tier talent into superstars than they have with signing their own five-stars, which for the most part have not panned out.

Scout.com also seems to put more faith in the Texas players than most of the other recruiting services do.

Either way, OU looks well on its way to another top recruiting class this year, and if 2000 is any indication, the lack of superstars may end up being a blessing for the Sooners the next few years.

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