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Latest Sooners class features emphasis on elite talent, filling needs

By John Helsley - Staff Writer Modified: February 4, 2009 at 9:08 pm •  Published: February 4, 2009
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NORMAN – Oklahoma’s recruiting focus always centers on elite talent.

Yet the latest Sooners class, signed and sealed Wednesday, also featured a heavy emphasis on filling needs, primarily on the offensive line and at linebacker and in the secondary.

“We have a really diverse class where we’ve recruited all positions,” OU coach Bob Stoops said after adding 23 players on national signing day.

“More than anything, it’s a class that addressed the needs of our football team.”

Potential drama to the day dissipated early, with three top uncommitted recruits considering the Sooners – wide receivers Rueben Randle from Louisiana and Terry Hawthorne from St. Louis and New Jersey athlete Josh Evans – all going elsewhere.

Still, OU added enough talent to produce an overall group that will rank on the cusp of the top 10 nationally with most recruiting services.

Jamarkus McFarland could be the plum of the class, considered one of the top defensive tackle prospects in the country.

OU’s signees also includes five in-state players, including the No.

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