The final rankings for the Class of 2020 recruiting classes came out recently across multiple outlets. While there was some competition between Georgia, Alabama and Clemson for the top spot, Oklahoma consistently finished well behind the top programs in the nation. But that really doesn’t appear to be bothering Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley.
Speaking to the media on Wednesday, Riley was asked to give his thoughts on his team’s recruiting ranking. He responded with a strong comment, stating that judging a class at the time of signing is “the absolute worst time” to rank a class.
247Sports ranked Oklahoma as the No. 11 recruiting class in the country. The Sooners finished ranked behind seven SEC teams, Oregon, Clemson, Ohio State and – perhaps most egregiously – arch-rival Texas.
But that isn’t to say that Riley and the Sooners had a weak class. Not by a long shot. Oklahoma is set to bring in 23 recruits as of writing, 14 of which have a 4-star rating.
"Everybody wants to judge a class when they sign, which is the absolute worst time to rank a class."
—Riley with a shot across the bow
— RJ Young (@RJ_Young) February 12, 2020
However, the Sooners also lost a number of players to graduation, the NFL, and the transfer portal. Replacing their production and the work put into them won’t be easy.
Riley is also under some increased scrutiny over his inability to get over the hump in the College Football Playoff.
Despite winning three straight Big 12 titles, Oklahoma has been one-and-done in each of their last three appearances in the tournament. Their last two losses have been especially disheartening, with the Sooners losing to Alabama by double-digits in 2018, and then getting run out of the building against LSU this past year.
Does Oklahoma have the pieces in place to win a national title in 2020?