Each edition of The Oklahoman's Super 30 brings lots of questions, and understandably so. Let's try to answer a few of those proactively with the announcement of the preseason Super 30.
How is the Super 30 determined?
Recruiting has become a continual monitoring process. Players start getting offers after their sophomore season, and recruiting is a year-round process.
So our high school and recruiting writers are always watching for news from the recruiting world.
Using that information as a basis, we follow up by talking to coaches and scouts. We read camp and combine reports and track scholarship offers.
But no matter how much information we have, it's still a subjective process to rate the Super 30. Offers mean a lot in the ranking process, but that's not the only thing we base the list on. We all put our information together to produce the list that we feel best reflects the recruiting market in the state.
Do we miss some players? Sure. So do college coaches. We know we won't be perfect, but we try to gather enough information to be as accurate as we can.
And it's important to remember that the Super 30 and the pre- or postseason All-State teams are very different. The qualities that make a good recruit aren't always the same as what makes a player worthy of All-State consideration, and vice versa.
What were the hardest decisions?
The top and the bottom of the list.
We could have put any of the top three or four prospects at No. 1 and had a strong defense for our case. And Nos. 5-10 could have gone in just about any order, too.
The last five spots were equally difficult, because there are about 45 players who currently have the credentials to be considered for the Super 30.
There are players committed to Division I programs who didn't make the list. In a normal year, a D-I commitment will just about guarantee you a top 20 spot. But there are just so many good prospects this year that the decisions for the final few spots became incredibly tough to make.
Is this one of the best recruiting classes ever in Oklahoma?
It's a unique argument, because the 2014 class has both quality and quantity. Not only is it strong at the top, with the likes of Deondre Clark, David Cornwell and Steven Parker, but it also has depth. At least 40 players are known to have scholarship offers from Division I programs, and more will add their names to that list as the season continues.
The 2006 class is often pointed to as the best class in recent history, and deservingly so. Sam Bradford, Gerald McCoy and Jermaine Gresham were in that class, and all went on to become first-round NFL Draft picks. Fifty-five players in that class signed with D-I programs.
This class could still reach or surpass that number. As for the eventual NFL stock, only time will tell.
Who are the newcomers to this Super 30?
Two players moved into this edition of the Super 30, Alfonzo McMillian of Millwood and Jeremy Smith of Berryhill. McMillian has offers from Washington State, North Texas and Sam Houston State. The 6-foot, 185-pound McMillian is being recruited as both a receiver and defensive back.
The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Smith was on the initial Super 30 in February and jumped back onto the list with Memphis and Tulsa offers in recent weeks. He verbally committed to the Golden Hurricane in early August.
Will the Super 30 be updated again?
Yes. This is the fourth edition of the Super 30 for the 2014 signing class, and there will be one final update before Signing Day in February.