The 2023 cycle went about as well as it could have for the Oklahoma Sooners. They had a top 10 class heading into the early signing period and then flipped Peyton Bowen from Oregon at the buzzer.
Getting Bowen was a huge win for the Oklahoma Sooners. Anytime your favorite football program is able to get a signature from a player that was heavily pursued by Notre Dame and Oregon, it's massive. In the 247Sports' Big 12 roundup from national signing day, Gabe Brooks agreed.
Peyton Bowen will be an impact player for the Oklahoma Sooners in year one. Even if it's only as a rotational or matchup safety, Bowen's athleticism and playing range will help Oklahoma on the back end of the defense, similarly to how Billy Bowman did for Oklahoma in 2021.
In addition to Peyton Bowen being a huge win, Brooks called the addition of Makari Vickers a "huge win" as well. What's become evident in Brent Venables first full year on the recruiting trail, is that the Oklahoma Sooners are going to recruit blue chip defensive players at a much higher rate than before.
The Oklahoma Sooners defense struggled to get stops in 2022. They struggled both through the air and against the ground game. It was crucial for the Sooners to hit some home runs on the recruiting trail in 2023 and Venables and his staff did just that.
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