How to win at Oklahoma Sooners

Oklahomans have been recruiting for the last decade and they are coming to college football for a new start, but it’s not a good one for the football program.

It’s time to rebuild the program.

Here are 10 things you need to know about the Oklahoma Soonners.


Oklahoma has a lot of talent.

There are no holes in the roster.

The Sooners boast the most talented recruiting class in the nation, with the top four prospects on the class list in the 2019 class including five-star defensive tackle Da’Ron Payne.

Payne is ranked as the No. 11 player in the state and the No 4 prospect in the country, according to 247Sports Composite rankings.

Payne, who is also a three-star recruit, will be the first player to commit to Oklahoma since quarterback Patrick Towles in December of last year.

Payne was the No 1-ranked recruit in the 2017 class and ranked No. 4 overall nationally according to Rivals.

Payne committed to Oklahoma in June of this year.

In addition to Payne, the Sooners have a host of four-star prospects in the 2018 class including defensive end Xavier Williams, who has committed to the Soonners, and defensive tackle Jordan Tice, who was ranked as No. 8 in the 247Sports composite rankings.

Oklahoma also has six-star linebacker Michael McLeod, who will commit to the program in December.

Two-time All-American cornerback Tyrell Adams will be committed to OKU in June.

Oklahoma will be led by five-stars defensive tackle Brandon Thomas, safety Anthony Miller, defensive tackle Chris Lacy, linebacker Trevon Williams, offensive tackle Jevon Koffie and safety Jordan Jones.

In 2018, Oklahoma finished the season with a record of 5-9 and lost to the defending national champion Alabama Crimson Tide by 23 points.

The offense is led by three-time starting quarterback Aaron Murray, who completed 66.3 percent of his passes for 3,926 yards and 26 touchdowns.

The defense is led on the back end by three of the top defensive players in the class: cornerback Marcus Lattimore, safety Michael Hill and defensive end Michael Cox.


Oklahoma’s defensive front is loaded.

The secondary has plenty of talent, with five-year starter Corey Brown, defensive end Kaleb King, linebacker Alex Carter and linebacker Marcus Thompson all coming off of solid seasons.

There is also five-time all-conference cornerback Trevon Hardeman, who finished the 2017 season as the top player in his class.

Outside of Hardeman and King, the front seven will feature two-time starter Justin Mitchell, five-senior safety Deon Butler, five.3-star safety Mike Davis, two-year safety Tyler Jones and five-and-a-half-star cornerback Isaiah Jackson.


Oklahoma is a high-energy, aggressive program.

The team plays on a physical and relentless style that will lead to lots of turnovers.

Oklahoma leads the nation in turnover margin at plus-4.9 percent and ranked third in yards per play (6.3).

Oklahoma leads all programs in rushing yards per game at 6.8 yards per carry.

Oklahoma was one of the nation’s best rushing teams in 2017 and has a chance to break into the top five again this season.


The Oklahoma offense is loaded with potential.

The offensive line is a major factor in OU’s success on offense.

The unit has the potential to be one of college football’s best in terms of depth, experience and athleticism.

All-conference tackle Nick Perry and three-year starting offensive tackle Anthony Miller are two of the country’s top-rated tackles in the 2020 class.

The three-point shooting guard and three point guard also have high potential, but have yet to commit.

Offensive guard Nick Martin has been one of OU’s best guards in the past three seasons and will be an early enrollee this year for the 2018-19 season.


The defensive line has the talent to be a threat.

The four-year starters on the defensive line are four-stars cornerback Jalen Thompson, safety D.J. Smith, linebacker Jalen Young and safety Jevante Moore.

The trio of linebackers is one of only four in the recruiting class that are ranked in the top 15 nationally according the 247Composite.

Thompson is a three and Jones is a four-time first-team All-America.

Oklahoma ranks third in the Pac-12 in scoring defense at 17.2 points per game.


Oklahoma might have the best player on the defense in linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons.

Harvey-Cslemons is ranked No 1 in the 2016 class and has committed at least once in every recruiting cycle since entering Oklahoma in 2018.

He is ranked second on the team in tackles for loss (14.5) and third in sacks (4.0).

Oklahoma will have an explosive linebacker class and one of its top pass rushers in