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Orlando Brown and Mark Andrews are two of the stars that emerged from Oklahoma's 2014 class.

Oklahoma recruiting: 2014 class exceeded expectations

Stay up to date with Oklahoma football recruiting with the latest news and notes and analysis in the daily edition of DieHards’ Wagon Wheels. With the Sooners’ preparing for the regular-season finale against West Virginia on Saturday, today we take a look at the 2014 recruiting class.

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2014 class will leave as one of the best in the last 20 years

There wasn’t much fanfare surrounding the Sooners’ 2014 class. It started January of that year with Sugar Bowl victory over Alabama to close the 2013 season and 5-star running back Joe Mixon committed a few days later.

But the class was No. 15 in the 247Sports composite ranking and was seen at the time as a sign Oklahoma’s weakening recruiting muscle. They signed 27 players in December and February.

Of course, the biggest impact actually occurred in January. Baker Mayfield showed up unannounced from Texas and the Sooners wound up with a transformative quarterback.

When you look back on it now the group should have been ranked much higher. Mixon became one of the program’s most explosive running backs and Samaje Perine departed as Oklahoma’s all-time leading rusher after just three seasons.

But the Sooners struck gold with 4-safety Steven Parker, 4-star tight end Mark Andrews and 3-star cornerback Jordan Thomas. Parker and Thomas became four-year starters and Andrews will likely be a three-time all-Big 12 player and could win the Mackey Award this season.

The Sooners took a flyer on 3-star tackle Orlando Brown a couple days before National Signing Day. Tennessee cut him loose because of grade concerns. He became the foundation of Oklahoma’s offensive line for three seasons. He’ll likely be the Sooners’ next first-round pick in the NFL draft.

But here all the members of the class re-ranked based on collegiate production.

Joe Mixon, 5-star, RB

Joe Mixon’s career nearly ended before it started. He was suspended for the 2014 season after punching a female student a few days before preseason practice began in 2014. Keeping him was a burden Oklahoma carried for three years. In 2015 and 2016, Mixon produced. He scored 27 touchdowns in two seasons. His receiving skills made him the most versatile running back during former coach Bob Stoops’ tenure. On the field, Mixon lived up to his 5-star billing.
DieHards re-rank: 5-star

Michiah Quick, 4-star, ATH

It wasn’t like Oklahoma never tried to find a spot for Michiah Quick. He started games at wide receiver in 2014 and was a starting cornerback by the 2016 season. Nevertheless, Quick quietly left the program following the 2016 season. There were many in the 2014 class that chose to leave.
DieHards re-rank: 3-star

Steven Parker, 4-star, safety

Steven Parker was the centerpiece of Oklahoma’s biggest in-state recruiting battle of 2014. The safety from Jenks, Okla., is from an Oklahoma State family. But the Sooners received his signature. By the middle of the 2014 season, he was a starter at safety and never left the lineup.
DieHards re-rank: 4-star

Mark Andrews, 4-star, WR

Mark Andrews was a wide receiver at Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale, Ariz., where he played with 5-star quarterback Kyle Allen. The Sooners always intended to make him a tight end. That’s why Andrews redshirted in 2014. Since the beginning of the 2015 season, Andrews has 19 touchdown catches and ranks with Keith Jackson as the best tight end in school history.
DieHards re-rank: 5 stars

Dallis Todd, 4-star, WR

The 6-foot-4 receiver from La Mirada, Calif., hardly registered at Oklahoma. He redshirted in 2014 and played in six games in 2015, logging 1 reception. He transferred out prior to the 2016 season.
DieHards re-rank: 2 stars

Samje Perine, 4-star, RB

The running back from Pflugerville, Texas, was the breakout star of the 2014 season. Samje Perine rushed for 1,713 yards as a freshman and set the NCAA single-game rushing record with 427 yards against Kansas that season. Perine averaged 6 yards a carry and scored 51 touchdowns over three seasons. He entered the 2017 NFL Draft as Oklahoma’s all-time leading rusher with 4,122 yards.
DieHards re-rank: 5-star

Kenyon Frison, 4-star, OL

An offensive lineman redshirting his freshman season isn’t odd. But Kenyon Frison never did anything more than that. The Salt Lake City native left the program following the 2015 regular season.
DieHards re-rank: 2-star

Jeffrey Mead, 4-star, WR

The 6-foot-5 receiver showed potential to be the big-bodied outside receiver the Sooners rarely had. But Jeffrey Mead’s career never took off. He’s played in 37 games over the last 4 seasons, but never had more than 10 receptions in a season. He has 6 as a senior and dropped down the depth chart after September.
DieHards re-rank: 3-star

Alex Dalton, 3-star, OL

The Troy, Ohio, native played in 13 games between 2015 and 2016. He started the 2016 season opener at guard. Injuries have been his issue. He suffered a season-ending knee injury prior to the 2017 season. Alex Dalton can still add to his legacy in the coming years.
DieHards re-rank: 3-star

Orlando Brown, 3-star, OL

Orlando Brown was the steal of the 2014 class. He redshirted in 2014. Brown, along with Andrews and Mayfield, comprised one of the best scout teams in Oklahoma football history. He’s started every game at left tackle since the 2015 season opener. Brown will likely be a unanimous All-American this season and be remembered as one of the best offensive linemen in Oklahoma history.
DieHards re-rank: 5-star

Jordan Thomas, 3-star, CB

Jordan Thomas continues to take a lot of heat from Oklahoma fans, but the Sooners tossed him in the fire early in his career. Thomas, who was an all-Big 12 selection in 2015 and 2016, started 37 games at an unforgiving spot. He has 8 career interceptions over 4 seasons.
DieHards re-rank: 4-star

Natrell Curtis, 3-star, OL

The offensive lineman from Phoenix never made it campus. He enrolled at Pima Community College in Tucson, Ariz., and signed with Alabama-Birmingham after that.
DieHards re-rank: N/A

Curtis Bolton, 3-star, LB

The linebacker has been a steady contributor throughout his career. He suffered a season-ending ankle injury against Baylor this season. Curtis Bolton has played 20 career games with more to come in 2018.
DieHards re-rank: 3-star

Marcus Green, 3-star, CB

Marcus Green lasted two seasons at Oklahoma. He redshirted in 2014 and played in 8 games in 2015. Former coach Bob Stoops removed him from the team prior to the 2015 Orange Bowl and Green never returned. He finished his career at Memphis.
DieHards re-rank: 2-star

Tito Windham, 3-star, CB

Another player who wound up at Memphis. The Gulfport, Miss., native lasted one season before transferring to Northwest Mississippi Community College. He played in 9 games for the Tiger this season.
DieHards re-rank: 2-star

Vontre McQuinnie, 3-star, DB

The defensive back from Lancaster, Texas, never made it to campus. The Sooners dropped him from the roster by the summer of 2014.
DieHards re-rank: N/A

Carson Meier, 3-star, TE

Carson Meier never amounted to much as a tight end. But he’s been an effective h-back and blocker over the last three seasons. Redshirted in 2014 and has played in every game since.
DieHards re-rank: 3-star

Courtney Garnett, 3-star, DT

The New Orleans native lasted two seasons at Oklahoma before departing. He finished his career at Grambling.
DieHards re-rank: 2-star

Tay Evans, 3-star, LB

Tay Evans appeared poised for a great career. He was starter at inside linebacker when the 2016 began. Unfortunately a string of concussions forced him to retire from the game in 2016.
DieHards re-rank: N/A

Dimitri Flowers, 3-star, FB

Another steal in the 2014 class. Dimitri Flowers became much more than a blunt-force object. The West Virginia game will be the 51st of his career. He’s scored 16 touchdowns and will likely be a two-time all-Big 12 selection.
DieHards re-rank: 4-star

Joseph Paul, 3-star, OL

The New Orleans native lasted two seasons at Oklahoma before leaving after the 2015 season. He never played in a game and did not resurface with another college.
DieHards re-rank: N/A

Devante Bond, 3-star, LB

The first of two JUCO recruits in the 2014 class. An ankle injury slowed Devante Bond in the 2014 season. The outside linebacker started 8 games over 2 seasons. Bond was a 6th-round of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2016 NFL Draft
DieHards re-rank: 3-star

Isaac Ijalana, 3-star, TE

Isaac Ijalana never made it on the field as a tight end. He redshirted in 2014 and then moved to the defensive line. It wasn’t a productive move. Ijalana never played in a game.
DieHards re-rank: 2-star

Dwayne Orso-Bacchus, 3-star, DL

Dwayne Orso-Bacchus’ career is running out of time. He redshirted in 2014 and played in 6 games as a redshirt freshman in 2015. However, he served a 6-game suspension at the start of the 2016 season and had played in one game since.
DieHards re-rank: 2-star

Wesley Horky, 2-star, deep snapper

The only specialist in the 2014 class did exactly what Oklahoma brought him in to do. Wesley Horky has snapped in every game since the start of the 2014 season.
DieHards re-rank: 2-star

Jonathan Alvarez, 2-star, OL

Jonathan Alvarez is another steal in the class. He’s redshirting this season. But the lightly regarded recruit has 13 career starts at either center or guard and should add to the total in 2018.
DieHards re-rank: 3-star

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