Players haven't reported for fall camp for this season, and the Sooners already have more than half of their 2012 class lined up.
In what is projected to be a class of 22 players, a dozen recruits have orally committed to OU.
"We're not trying to fill up," said coach Bob Stoops. "We don't push for it. If a guy we've really studied, a guy we really like, wants to come, we'll take him."
Recruiting is vastly different than it was 10 or 20 years ago.
The new trend removes most of the drama on national signing day. The first Wednesday in February is the equivalent of national political conventions. Results are known before they're announced.
The one benefit for high school kids is if they orally commit in May, June or July, then they can concentrate on their upcoming senior season and academics.
But because of the new landscape, high school players often feel pressure to commit early. It's risky to slow-play two or three schools.
"They're realizing, 'I don't have the luxury of waiting until the fall. That may be the place I know I want to go, but it sure would be fun to take those three (recruiting) trips,'" Stoops said. "Then all of a sudden in the fall, we don't have that spot anymore."
An example: In a particular year, the Sooners might have only two slots earmarked for cornerbacks with five prospects on their list.
"I'm never high pressure. That's not my style," Stoops said. "But I've got five offers and only two spots. I'll communicate with you. If one gets taken and now there's one left...
"In our eyes, sometimes we feel those players are about the same. That puts pressure on them, 'If that's where I want to go, then I better go.'"
Penn State's Joe Paterno is credited for being the first to use the early commitment strategy in the late 1990s.
When the plan backfired, leading to several subpar classes, most coaches around the country felt the prudent game plan was to be patient. Watch a player most of his senior season before offering.
Mack Brown changed recruiting forever by enjoying tremendous success with Paterno's blueprint. Texas often has most of its class on board by the end of the summer.
"We just try to discover guys we're interested in as early as possible," Brown said. "If a young man knows he wants to come to Texas, and we feel he's a good fit, we offer. It's like an engagement. When you get engaged, you just know it's right."
Elite programs sign the majority of highly touted prospects, but there are more Division I caliber players than ever before. The state of Texas produces approximately 400 Division I football prospects every year.
"It's a credit to the high school coaches that do a great job of developing them," Stoops said. "Young kids are more interested in developing their bodies and training better. Their diets are better. Nutrition is better."
Because there are so many talented prospects, it's inevitable national powers will miss out on players that improve dramatically their senior year.
Quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger weren't heavily recruited. Defensive end Julius Peppers and wide receivers Larry Fitzgerald and Wes Welker weren't on national powers' "A" list.
"That's why you see so much parity," Stoops said. "Not anybody can get all the good guys. There are good guys everywhere."
The downside to early commitments is the risk a player might be a bust.
In modern day recruiting the challenge is evaluating 16- and 17-year-old kids.
"We have to make sure we're being really diligent, that you've seen them in person and know how they really play," Stoops said. "But you will miss out on some kids that blossom later."