The University of Oklahoma's 2010 football season was a season of milestones for the Sooner program. Numerous records were broken including marks for most career touchdowns (DeMarco Murray, 67) and receptions and yards receiving in a season (Ryan Broyles, 131 rec. for 1622 yards).
Oklahoma won the last Big 12 Championship Game scheduled to be played, giving them their seventh title in Head Coach Bob Stoops 12 seasons and sending Nebraska to their new home in the Big 10 empty handed.
After going 12-2 on the year and beating Big East champ UConn 48-20 in the Fiesta Bowl, the Team in Crimson and Cream put a disappointing 2009 season in the rear view and cruised to a 6th place finish in the final polls.
Even better for Sooner fans, 2011 is setting up to be even better. In the way-too-early predictions popping up all over the sports media, OU appears to be a consensus top 3 pick for pre-season rankings.
Both Broyles and linebacker Travis Lewis decided to spurn the big bucks the NFL draft would have offered them and return to Norman for their senior seasons.
With up to 18 starters returning to a team that went on a fantastic five game winning streak to end the season, the Sooners appear to be loaded for yet another BCS championship run in 2011 and seasons to come.
While the 2011 class, with only 17 commitments, probably cannot match the 2010 class which was arguably the nations best, some of these recruits will have a chance to strut their stuff for Oklahoma next fall.
Trey Metoyer, wide receiver from Whitehouse High School in Texas.
He is listed at 6'2" and 198 lbs and he runs the 40 in 4.42 seconds.
Stats for last season: 108 receptions for 1540 yards with 23 touchdowns.
Trey is ranked as one of the top wide receiver prospects in the country with some comparing him to former Texas Tech standout Michael Crabtree.
Metoyer has great hands and usually catches anything thrown in his zip code. While not the fastest receiver out there, he runs great routes to get open frequently, adjusts to the ball well in flight and uses his body to create optimum position against a defensive back for catching the rock.
If he pays attention and applies himself from the start, he may get his opportunity to play next season in a Sooner receiver rotation that is both deep and young. Having Ryan Broyles around for another season to mentor this talented youngster should help him out in his career.
Trey fielded offers from Nebraska, Arkansas, Ole' Miss, and Texas A&M.
Brandon Williams, running back out of Royal High School in Brookshire, TX.
He is listed at 6'1" and 188 lbs. and runs a 4.4 in the 40 yard dash.
Stats: 2010- 250 rushes for 2438 yards and 33 touchdowns.
He also combined for 47 catches, 656 yards and 6 touchdowns receiving in 2009 and 2010.
Brandon came on strong his senior season and is listed as one of the top overall prospects from Texas. He averaged 9.8 yards per carry and has been compared to former Sooner great Adrian Peterson but with more polished receiving skills.
He combines size, speed and agility well for the potential to break a long run whenever he has the ball in his hands.
Oklahoma returns a bevy of talented runners they have recruited to campus over the last few seasons and playing time may be difficult to come by for Williams as a true freshman.
However, if Roy Finch cannot overcome the recurring stress fracture that sidelined him for much of last season, Brandon may be too talented and valuable to leave on the bench for the entire year.
Jordan Phillips, defensive tackle from Towanda, KS.
He is listed at 6'6" and 290 lbs. and runs the 40 in 4.7 seconds.
Jordan is a monster on both sides of the ball. Some see him as an offensive tackle while other like his defensive talents. He could end up playing a number of positions for the Sooners including defensive tackle, defensive end, tight end or on the offensive line.
He is big, fast, strong, agile and has displayed soft hands as a tight end when given the opportunity.
While Oklahoma will have four starters back on an offensive line that struggled to open holes in the run game, the defensive line was not the Sooners strongest point last year. Look for Phillips to get his opportunities to make an impression and join the defensive tackle rotation as soon as next year.
Jordan chose OU over Auburn, Nebraska, Oklahoma State and UCLA.
Dylan Dismukes, offensive tackle from Duncan, Oklahoma.
He is listed at 6'8" and 300 lbs.
Dylan is a man-child with good quickness and agility for his size. He dreamed of going to Oklahoma one day and is now poised to help anchor an offensive line that has had problems sustaining a running game the last two seasons.
He could push for playing time as a true freshman in 2011.
He turned down offers from Arkansas, Arizona, Ole' Miss and Oklahoma State to commit to his childhood favorites, the Sooners.
Marquis Anderson, defensive tackle from Steele H.S in Cibolo, TX.
He is listed at 6'3" and 280 lbs.
Marquis may not have elite power at this stage of his young career, he makes up for it with his quickness and agility in lateral pursuit. He uses his hands well to compliment his low point of attack to create separation from blockers.
Anderson is the type of player that could excel in the Sooners new 50 look defense that features 3 defensive ends. He can play defensive tackle or end in this alignment.
With the Sooner's need for quality and depth along the defensive line Marquis has the opportunity to work his way on to the depth charts by displaying the skills that made him such a sought after prospect.
Marquis also had offers from the likes of Texas, Texas A&M, TCU, Arizona and Oklahoma state, among others.
Nathan Hughes, defensive end from Klein Oak H.S. in Texas.
He is listed at 6'6" and 263 lbs. and runs a 4.7 in the 40.
Nathan is a tall end who plays hard until the whistle stops the play. He has a polished technique that allows him to separate from his blocker. He excels at stopping the run, tracking the ball and making tackles on plays run to the opposite side.
Sooner fans should expect to see this young man, who turned down offers from Arkansas, Alabama, Florida State, LSU, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon, Stanford and TCU, among others, playing in the near future for their favorite team.
Kameel Jackson, wide receiver from Sam Houston H.S. in Arlington, TX.
He is listed at 6'1", 198 lbs. and has been timed at 4.55 in the 40.
Stats: Combined for 108 catches, 1,496 yards and 12 touchdowns over the last three seasons.
Kameel is a top 50 prospect in Texas and was a standout at numerous football camps. While his stats may not jump out, he runs excellent routes, has soft hands combined with great body control, will climb the ladder and catches exceptionally well in traffic. His forte' is the YAC (yards after catch) and has the ability to take a short pass and turn it into a long gainer.
He turned down offers from Texas A&M, Nebraska, Tennessee and Notre Dame to commit to OU in 2009.
Max Stevenson, tight end, another commit from Klein Oak H.S. in Texas.
He is listed at 6'6", 240 lbs and runs the 40 in 4.53.
Stats: 2010- 46 receptions, 736 yards and five touchdowns.
Max is a rangy prospect who excelled as a downfield blocker in his run-first high school offensive system. He runs good routes and has soft hands. With both James Hanna and Trent Roundtree set to graduate after next season, Stevenson will most likely be redshirted next year.
He was also recruited by Arizona, LSU, Mississippi State, Cal, Notre Dame and Texas A&M, among others.
Dan Tapko, tight end from Rockhurst H.S. in Kansas City, MZ.
He is listed at 6'4" and 220 lbs.
Dan is the #1 rated recruit from the state of Missouri. He is a good blocker and has soft hands for catching the ball. He will probably spend the 2010 season as a redshirt, giving him time to bulk up while wating for his chance to shine in 2012.
Tapko turned down offers from Nebraska, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Missouri and Kansas to sign with Oklahoma.
Jordan Wade, tight end from Stony Point H.S. in Round Rock, TX.
He is listed at 6'4" and 292 lbs.
Jordan's biggest strengths are his agility and the ability to laterally pursue the football. While it is hard to believe that a tackle of his size needs it, the skinny is that he needs to add more power to his lower body to become a run stuffing force.
Wade will get a chance to crack the defensive line rotation but will probably spend 2011 as another redshirt while the training staff helps to develop his overall strength and bulk him up.
He had offers from Texas A&M, Baylor and Houston but will be wearing the Crimson and Cream for the next few years.