Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State: Whose 2014 Recruiting Class Is Better Right Now?
Another football game in The Bedlam Series will take place this weekend. Oklahoma is usually viewed as the big brother, but Oklahoma State will be coming into this game as the favorite.
Both teams have good talent, plus a ton of points should be scored. However, the recruiting trail is also where the Sooners and Cowboys bump heads.
This weekend's game should be fun, but it'll also be exciting to examine which school has the better recruiting class now.
Oklahoma's 2014 Recruiting Capsule
Although Oklahoma is not as dominant on the recruiting trail as it once was, the Sooners are still major players. Head coach Bob Stoops is stable in his position, plus he has a knack for adapting his schemes to fit his personnel.
OU has 17 commitments, with seven being from Texas. California and Oklahoma have three committed recruits each, while other states such as Alabama, Ohio, Arizona and Mississippi are also represented.
The class has eight recruits each on both sides of the ball, plus one athlete.
Oklahoma State's 2014 Recruiting Class
Head coach Mike Gundy, an Oklahoma State alum, has raised the profile of his program in recent recruiting cycles. The Cowboys are respected on the recruiting trail these days, as they do a good job of searching the Midlands for prospects.
Oklahoma State has 23 pledges, with 13 being from Texas. The state of Oklahoma is second with four, while Louisiana, Kansas, Iowa and South Carolina also have a native player headed to Stillwater.
The Cowboys boast 12 defensive commitments, eight on offense, two athletes and a punter.
Oklahoma's Top 2014 Commitments
A player to watch in the Sooners' class is 4-star quarterback Justice Hansen. From Oklahoma, Hansen stands nearly 6'4" and weighs 200 pounds. He has great arm strength, plus he flashes good mobility.
Oklahoma State's Top 2014 Commitments
The Cowboys will get solid production out of 4-star running back Devon Thomas. The Oklahoma native may not be dominant in one area, but he grades out solidly in most major categories at his position.
The Cowboys have another quarterback coming into their program in 3-star passer Mason Rudolph. He should work hard to develop chemistry with 4-star receiver Keenen Brown, who is 6'2.5" and 205 pounds.
Brown's size and skill set should make 3-star cornerback Chris Hardeman better in practice, while 3-star offensive lineman Lemaefe Galeai should have some good battles in workouts with 3-star defensive tackle Joyan Williams.
Oklahoma's 2014 Headliner
The best player in the Sooners' class is 4-star receiver Dallis Todd. From California, Todd has excellent size for his position at 6'5" and 210 pounds.
Not only is he big, but Todd also has impressive quickness and speed. He has a good surge off the line at the snap, while also flashing the lateral agility to wiggle around press coverage. Todd's athleticism allows him to cleanly and sharply get in and out of his breaks, which allows him to separate from defenders.
His size helps him leap over crowds to haul in passes, plus the imposing receiver has the speed to climb to the third level. There's no reason why Todd should not have a big career for Oklahoma.
Oklahoma State's 2014 Headliner
From Garden City Community College, 4-star running back/receiver Tyreek Hill is the headliner for the Cowboys. He is not the biggest player one will see on tape at just 5'8" and 185 pounds, but he can outrun almost anybody on the field.
Hill has the quickness to skate through creases as a running back, plus he displays outstanding elusiveness in space. However, he runs with deceptive strength, evidenced by his ability to break a tackle or two.
Hill is also comfortable in the slot. He shows good quickness when releasing into his routes before using his quick feet to shoot away from defenders at junctions. Hill has solid hands and ball skills to catch passes, plus he is dynamic after the catch.
He should produce big plays immediately for Oklahoma State.
This was a tough choice, as both classes are fairly even. They each have four 4-star recruits, so both programs are acquiring good quality on the recruiting trail.
However, Oklahoma State has more depth with 23 commitments versus Oklahoma's 17. So, the Cowboys get the nod right now in 2014 recruiting.
2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map
Several commitments for both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State can be found on the 2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map!