When Bob Stoops’ Oklahoma teams win — or even play in — major, important games, it usually pays off big-time on the recruiting trail.
A month after winning the 2000 national championship with a 13-2 Orange Bowl victory over Florida State, Stoops hauled in a signing class that included All-Americans Tommie Harris and Vince Carter, as well as major contributors Dusty Dvoracek, Clint Ingram and Kejuan Jones.
Recruiting experts at the time called it Oklahoma’s best signing class since the Barry Switzer era.
OU’s dominance of archrival Texas in the early-2000s undoubtedly helped the Sooners land major recruits out of the Lone Star State, including all-world running back Adrian Peterson.
As a senior at Palestine (Texas) High, Peterson attended the annual Red River game at the Cotton Bowl as a Texas official visitor.
The Sooners routed the Longhorns 65-13, and a few months later, Peterson announced he would play for Oklahoma around the same time OU was preparing for a national championship game appearance.
The recruiting impact of big games showed itself again after Oklahoma’s Sugar Bowl victory over Alabama last season. The Sooners finished strong on the recruiting trail, and picked up several commitments for both the 2014 and 2015 classes.