Heading into signing day, Oklahoma had 24 commitments.
On signing day, the Sooners finished with those same 24 prospects.
Five are already enrolled in school. Eighteen more had signed by 11:21 a.m. Cornerback L.J Moore, from Fresno, Calif., came through with his signature at 5:29 p.m., completing the class. In the eyes of the experts, it is not a great class, with Rivals.com ranking it the nation's 15th best class, putting OU clearly beyond the top 10 for the first time in a long time. And yet, at the same time, and typically, OU head coach Bob Stoops seemed to love it. It's not a put-on from the head coach. The guy simply loves possibilities and every class gives him plenty.
"I think we're always looking for a good mix of guys on both sides of the football. I felt like we got that," Stoops said. "I'm really excited to have the number of in-state, great quality players that we got. Excellent players here and the top guys in the state of Oklahoma here with us. I thought we really addressed some of the major needs that we needed."
More than anything, the Sooners need defensive linemen and they got seven of them: three defensive ends and four defensive tackles. OU will be looking for one or several of them to make an immediate impact next season after losing 6 of 8 players on its season-ending offensive line two-deep depth-chart.
"Developing our players up front was a huge area for us to improve, to develop some more playmakers up front," defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said.
The Sooners also picked up three wide receivers, three cornerbacks and two safeties, two linebackers, three offensive lineman, two linebackers, a running back and a punter.
Five are native Oklahomans, 12 are Texans and three are Californians. There is one Floridian, one Michigander, one Washingtonian and, in offensive tackle Josiah St. John, even a Canadian.
TOP OF THE CLASS
DT Quincy Russell, 6-4, 315, San Antonio (Trinity Valley CC) -- Could make an immediate impact because Sooners badly need help at DT.
RB Keith Ford, 5-11, 200, Cypress, Texas (Ranch HS) -- The lone consensus five-star recruit of the group, he plays a position in which OU has returning talent. Still, it's not like the Sooners aren't afraid to play true freshmen.
QB Cody Thomas, 6-1, 199, Miami (Central HS) -- Very highly touted cornerback, though it could be two years before he challenges to start at the position.
Really, the Sooners are an open book of possibilities. The Sooners need to find a starting quarterback and it will likely be Blake Bell, though he must first win the spot from Drew Allen. But if past QB battles are prologue, OU will wait until the summer to name a starter. Beyond quarterback, every little bit of news and every little quote from Bob Stoops will be dissected by the Sooner Nation because very few positions are etched in stone and no units return fully intact with the possible exception of running back. It's the kind of spring in which all news may seem like big news even as all news might just as well be fleeting news. Indeed, 2013 may be the biggest mystery season of the Stoops era since he first arrived in December 1998.
PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2013
--QB Blake Bell still has to win a position battle against Drew Allen, but he did it last season when he backed up Landry Jones and his ascension is a big topic in the Sooner Nation. Out of the Belldozer power package, Bell has led OU in rushing touchdowns for two straight seasons already, but as a starter he'll be asked to be a pocket passer a majority of the time. And still, what excites fans is his ability run. The challenge will be designing an offensive game plans around his skillset.
--WR Jalen Saunders leapt into the Sooner Nation's consciousness when he first became eligible in time for the Texas game last season. A transfer from Fresno state, he caught 62 passes for 829 yards in nine games last season. There's room for other receivers to shine, too, but all eyes will be on Saunders, hoping for a big senior season as OU breaks in a new quarterback.
--CB Aaron Colvin announced he was staying for his senior season and it may not have seemed like much -- a returnee from a porous unit -- yet it may well be. Colvin didn't have a bad junior season himself and his unit, even though it struggled, has also been decimated by departure and graduation. Colvin's experience can't hurt a unit trying to make a comeback next season.