Now that the 2023 cycle is officially over, it's time to evaluate how the Oklahoma Sooners and the rest of the country faired from a big-picture perspective.
The Sooners finished with the No. 4 class in the cycle, according to the 247Sports compositeaccording to the 247Sports composite. They got big wins by closing the deal on Peyton Bowen and Makari Vickers. USA TODAY Sports' Pete Myerberg believes the Oklahoma Sooners finished with one of the best recruiting classes on both the high school and transfer front.
Walter Rouse was a big-time transfer addition for the Oklahoma Sooners. Adding an offensive lineman with 39 starts and more than 2,500 snaps at left tackle. That's an incredible amount of experience that Bill Bedenbaugh gets to add to his offensive line to replace Anton Harrison.
Perhaps just as valuable, if not more, is the addition of Rondell Bothroyd, a defensive lineman with 13 sacks and 24.5 tackles for loss for Wake Forest over the last two seasons. Oklahoma struggled to rush the passer consistently in 2022, and he provides an immediate boost as someone who can play defensive end on early downs and defensive tackle in pass rush situations.
Then considering the Oklahoma Sooners landed the No. 4 class in the 247Sports composite rankings, this has been quite the offseason for Brent Venables and his staff after their 6-7 season.
Jackson Arnold, from a talent perspective, could be considered the best quarterback in the class. Adepoju Adebawore is an elite prospect who hasn't even reached his peak as a defensive prospect. Landing Peyton Bowen was the icing on the cake of what was already an incredible recruiting class for 2023.
After a No. 8 class in 2022 and No. 4 class in 2023, the Oklahoma Sooners are on a roll on the recruiting trail. What will they do for an encore performance in the 2024 cycle?
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