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Oklahoma football: Recruits like Sooners' new alternate uniforms

While the uniform unveiling certainly played well to the players who will wear them next year, there’s no doubt the target of the announcement were players not yet on the Oklahoma campus, ones that haven’t yet signed with the Sooners.
by Ryan Aber Published: July 2, 2014

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“OU changing the game up on everybody,” Haughton tweeted before calling the new helmets “so sick.”

Midwest City four-star safety Will Sunderland is one of the Sooners top targets from the 2015 class.

Sunderland also voiced his approval.

“Oklahoma is about the change the recruiting game up,” Sunderland posted. “OU went 0 to 100 real quick.”

Less than three years ago, Sooners coach Bob Stoops shot down any talk of alternate uniforms, saying OU had “one of those brands that does not change.”

When last year’s gold-accented OU-Texas uniforms were revealed, though, Stoops had clearly softened his stance, alluding to the alternates that were announced Tuesday.

“I think recruits are always excited about uniforms, helmets and any of the looks that you might put on the field,” Stoops said Tuesday. “(The additional uniforms) won’t be something we do constantly, but it will be a nice changeup and will be positive in recruiting, with our players and with our fans.”

Former Sooners linebacker Teddy Lehman said the potential recruiting benefits were worth the tweak to the traditional look.

“When you’ve been one of the true programs that’s made it through time — Alabama, Michigan, Oklahoma — you can look at that uniform and say, ‘We don’t need to change.’ I can understand people with that perspective,” Lehman said. “You’re gonna hear it tomorrow: ‘I don’t see Alabama changing their uniform.’ Well, wait until they don’t win four out of five national championships. There’s gonna be a time when they dip a little bit, and they’re gonna be trying to figure out ways to stay relevant and stay trendy.”

>>Read: Oklahoma football: More reaction from former players on the new alternate uniforms (Published July 2, 2014)

>>Read: OU football: Sooners debut new uniforms for 2014 (Published July 1, 2014)

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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