In mid-December, Oklahoma needed some positive recruiting news.
OU had recently flipped defensive end Ogbonnia Okoronkwo from Oklahoma State but had suffered a string of blows after that.
Dalton Rodriguez switched his commitment to from the Sooners to Tulsa. Justin Manning, whose brother was a standout for OU, decided to commit to Texas A&M instead of following in his brother's footsteps.
But Dallas Skyline's Kerrick Huggins gave Oklahoma a strong boost to its class when he switched his commitment from Texas A&M to the Sooners on Dec. 14.
Huggins (6-foot-4, 283 pounds) was the Sooners' first defensive tackle commit and started a strong finish for OU at the position, adding three more before signing day.
Huggins is a strong, physical tackle who is best at defending the run.
With Jamarkus McFarland, Stacy McGee and Casey Walker lost to graduation, the chance to make an immediate impact figures to be there if Huggins can make a quick impression.
There were academic concerns around Huggins when he switched his commitment but he recently told ESPN.com that his academic situation had improved.