Coach Bob Stoops said the 2010 class could be the best he's had at Oklahoma.
For all the buzz surrounding Kenny Stills, Tony Jefferson, Trey Millard, Aaron Colvin and running back Roy Finch, another freshman, linebacker Corey Nelson, might end up being the highest NFL draft pick.
The reason Nelson hasn't received much fanfare is he's playing behind All-America candidate Travis Lewis.
"Corey Nelson. You better look out for that guy," Lewis said. "I'm looking for great things out of him. He's going to be better than I was."
That's quite an endorsement.
Lewis has led OU in tackles back-to-back seasons, including 144 as a redshirt freshman, surpassing Brian Bosworth's freshman school record. Lewis once again leads the Sooners in tackles this season.
And Nelson will be even better?
Several times, Stoops has mentioned Nelson when asked about the 2010 class.
"Corey Nelson is a really good player," Stoops said during last week's press conference. "You watch him on kickoffs, he's fantastic."
A Scout.com five-star recruit and a Parade All-American, Nelson was selected Associated Press Class 5A Defensive Player of the Year in Texas.
This past summer, defensive coordinator Brent Venables gave Nelson the option of playing any of the three linebacker positions. The 6-foot-1, 210 pound Dallas Skyline product chose weakside linebacker.
"He chose — and he was right — a position we had a returning, potential All-American as opposed to a position we lost a starter," Venables said. "He said that's where he felt more comfortable. And I agree. It's a position he can use his instincts and play behind the ball more."
Nelson primarily has played on special teams but has played a handful of snaps on defense. Unlike redshirt freshman middle linebacker Tom Wort, Nelson has the luxury from learning from a veteran.