, Oklahoma City (PressExposure) April 10, 2009 -- The Oklahoma Sooners, always a powerhouse, had another great season. In fact, only one team, the Florida Gators, had a better season. The Sooners went 12-1 in the regular season, including 7-1 in Big 12 conference play, only losing to Texas, and finished a 62-21 blowout of then number 19 Missouri for the Big 12 Championship. The Sooners would finish the season 12-2 and 8-1 as they lost to Florida 14-24 in the BCS Championship game in Miami, and would finish ranked number 2 in the country. So how will the Sooners fair this year? Well, Sam Bradford, Jermaine Gresham and Trent Williams each decided to not enter the NFL draft yet, deciding to play another 1 or 2 seasons in Oklahoma, and they pulled in a good core of recruits. Now, usually the Sooners are ranked among the top 10 in recruiting, but this year they are spotted between 9 and 13 depending on the recruiting service. However, national signing day was a day of fulfilling needs for the Sooners and not necessarily a day of grabbing several superstars. "We recruited all positions and really filled some needs where we have graduation, whether it was this year or coming next year," Sooner Coach Bob Stoops said. Going into signing day many felt the Sooners needed to focus on their offensive line, receivers and linebackers. Oklahoma probably still needs some help in the receiving core. They picked up Cameron Kenney from Garden City Community College in Kansas, ranked the number 16 Junior College transfer and number 3 receiver, and Jaz Reynolds from Aldine, Tx, ranked number 92, and with the Sooners losing Manny Johnson, Juaquin Iglesias, and Quentin Chaney, these two will most likely be asked to help early. Two men that would've been a big help are Rueben Randle, the nation's number 2 national recruit and top receiver, and Terry Hawthorne, rated number 58. But Randall went with LSU and Hawthorne went to Illinois. They did get a lot of talent in the linebacker position with Jayden Bird, ranked as the number 23 linebacker in the nation, Gus Jones, Tom Wort and Ronnell Lewis, an in state product from Dewar, ranked number 1 in the state and the number 2 national linebacker, despite only playing 8 man football in high school. "Turned his tape on and said when I watched it, 'I don't care if he's playing against four people, that guy can play,'" Stoops said. Other top recruits for the Sooners are JaMarcus McFarland, a defensive tackle from Lufkin, Tx and Gabe Lynn, a cornerback from Jenks, Ok. McFarland is a Parade All-American ranked as the top line prospect in the nation and Lynn is ranked as the number 1 prospect in the nation at his position and No. 20 in the nation period. The Sooners have two returning cornerbacks so it will be interesting to see if he or one of them is moved to Safety to get him on the field. No matter what, look for Oklahoma to finish high again, maybe even take it all this year.
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