Oklahoma football recruiting is in a world of hurt

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The Oklahoma Sooners have been a national recruiting powerhouse in recent memory. Many players have been drawn to their winning tradition and innovative schemes.

Under the direction of Bob Stoops, the Sooners were quick to diagnose problems and adjust. Since Stoops’ departure, Oklahoma has been unable to identify weaknesses and proactively make changes.

Lincoln Riley had a great run as the Oklahoma Sooners head coach, but lacked the foresight his predecessor possessed. When Riley finally realized the state of the Sooners program, he packed his bags for Los Angeles. Five-star talents left with him for USC.

Now, Oklahoma recruiting is in shambles.

It’s still early and Oklahoma could finish with a great class, but the early returns for 2023 aren’t promising. Cole Adams, the No. 5 high school player in Oklahoma in the 247Sports composite rankings, chose Alabama over the Sooners.

The Sooners presently have a commitment from only one of the top ten players in their own state. Running back Kaleb Hicks and quarterback Jackson Arnold are the team’s only blue-chip commits. Both players are from Denton, TX.

With Texas taking over the Dallas area and Texas A&M’s success in Houston, the Sooners struggles in the 2023 recruiting class may continue.

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