OU football: Bedlam victory a big deal for recruiting

There aren't a lot of head-to-head recruiting battles left between OU and OSU for the 2014 class, but the outcome of Saturday's Bedlam game would affect the recruiting perception for players in the 2015 class and beyond.
by Ryan Aber Published: December 5, 2013

Alex Dalton is far removed from the constant exposure to what's going on with the Sooners. But the Sooners' offensive line commit from Troy, Ohio, said the national perception of OU football is still strong.

“They're definitely one of those top teams,” Dalton said. Throughout the year, they struggled with injuries at a couple key positions and that's kind of hurt us a little, but I think we have some strong, pretty big prospects coming in that will definitely be able to contribute.”

Tulsa Union's Carson Meier, committed to OU as a tight end, is more exposed to the day-to-day goings on with the program.

But his opinion on the program is still high.

“They haven't been playing as good as they have in the past, but I haven't really been focusing on the losses and the wins,” Meier said. “I'm focused on the potential that they'll have when I get there and how I think they could be whenever I play.”

McCuistion, who talks to recruits across the country that consider the Sooners, said that's been a common theme — even among players who don't wind up seriously considering the Sooners.

“You haven't really seen a change in the way OU is perceived,” McCuistion said. “You still hear guys talk about Bob Stoops won a national championship or Bob Stoops is always competing for the Big 12 championship. In 2002, when I was talking to guys, they were saying they watched that January night against Florida State when OU won the national title. There aren't those singular connections anymore, but everybody knows they win and everybody knows they're a big program.”

by Ryan Aber
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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