Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops and Texas coach Mack Brown are not only rivals on the field, they battle just as hard for recruits off the field as well.
Every year Oklahoma and Texas dominate the Big 12 on the gridiron. And every year Stoops and Brown bring in the best recruiting classes in the conference.
However, with this year's national signing day nearing an end, Oklahoma's 2013 class proves Stoops is a better recruiter than Mack Brown.
According to 247Sports, the Sooners' 2013 class is ranked No. 15 on signing day and Texas is ranked No. 16. Each class features just one 5-star recruit, but Oklahoma has landed more players (23) than Texas (15), and the Sooners have have 15 3-star recruits compared to six for Texas.
Brown and Texas finished with the No. 3-ranked class in 2011 and 2012, according to 247Sports, but have gone 17-9 in the past two seasons. Stoops and Oklahoma finished with the No. 12-ranked class in 2011 and the No.15-ranked class in 2012, according to 247Sports. The Sooners are 20-6 over the past two seasons.
The Longhorns are the Joneses in college football, says ESPN's David Ubben. Ubben ranked Texas' facilities as not only the best in the Big 12, but the best in the nation.
It's Texas. They have the best facilities, and they have the deepest pockets as well. According to USA Today, Texas topped the revenue list from 2006-2011 bringing in over $150 million. Ohio State finished second, raking in over $131 million.
The Sooners finished third on Ubben's Big 12 facilities ranking and No. 9 on USA Today's revenue list. They totaled over $104 million from 2006-2011, nearly $46 million less than Texas over that same span.
So with the best facilities and the most money, how can you not win? How is Texas not the powerhouse their revenues and facilities suggest they should be?
Look to Mack Brown. If you don't recruit the right players, you don't win. And the right players aren't always the highest ranked.
So although Brown's classes have been hyped the past two seasons, it doesn't mean he's a better recruiter than Bob Stoops. Records are more telling. Winning is what makes a hyped recruiting class a good recruiting class.
This year's class rankings and his team's recent success proves Bob Stoops is a better recruiter than Mack Brown.
Stats and records never lie, and in 2013, recruiting tells the truth as well.
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