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OU football: Sugar Bowl victory has impacted recruiting for Sooners

Although OU only picked up one verbal commitment Sunday, it has clearly continued to build momentum that began with a stunning Sugar Bowl upset of Alabama.
by Jason Kersey Published: January 19, 2014

“My thought was, ‘As long as they can play with Alabama, at least it won't hurt them,'” McCuistion said. “But the way they won that game has just shifted everything.

“I am a little surprised with how quickly it's turned around and how big it's turned around. It's not so much that I didn't think it would have an impact, but I think it's just gonna (get) bigger than I could've anticipated.”

In two weeks, Oklahoma will host four-star cornerback Kendall Randolph, who didn't appear to have the Sooners on his radar at all until after the Sugar Bowl. The Tallahassee, Fla., native considered Louisville his top school until coach Charle Strong bolted for Texas.

And even as good as the Sooners' 2014 class is looking in recent weeks, the 2015 class could benefit even more from the convincing win over Alabama.

“All of a sudden, lots of players are starting to talk about going to Oklahoma's Junior Day,” McCuistion said.

Four-star Midwest City safety Will Sunderland, who earned Oklahoman first-team All-State honors as a junior in 2013, watched the Sugar Bowl and came away extremely impressed.

“Everybody didn't believe in Oklahoma,” Sunderland said. “I was just watching the Sugar Bowl, and I was just happy for Bob Stoops. They performed great, and the next thing you know, top players in the country are committing to OU.

“It's like, ‘Man.'”