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Bedlam Recruiting Matchup: How OSU’s Talent Compares With OU’s

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Oklahoma State enters Saturday’s Bedlam rivalry as two-touchdown underdogs to the top-10 Sooners. Betting odds suggest the Cowboys will lose. So does history. And so, too, does the talent.

I examined every starting player on both sides of the ball for each team, and OU has a significant edge when it comes to recruited talent. Of course, as OSU knows maybe more so than any program, recruiting stars don’t always indicate future production and talent. But, in this case, they give us a good idea of why the Sooners are so heavily favored.

Let’s first take a look at OSU’s starting lineup on offense. The highest-rated recruit set to start is (unsurprisingly) also its best player: Chuba Hubbard. Hubbard was a four-star prospect coming out of high school rated by 247Sports as 88.68 on its 1-100 scale. On average, the talent comes out to 83.4 on offense; using 247Sports’ model, that averages out to about a low-tier three-star per player.

(Note: Players that were not ranked out of high school were given 75 overall ratings so as not to dip the overall average but also to note that those players were ranked lower than two-stars, or, in the case of many, not ranked at all. All depth chart data comes from Ourlads.com)

POS OSU OFFENSE RATING
WR Dillon Stoner 83.95
WR Landon Wolf 75
WR Braydon Johnson 84.39
LT Dylan Galloway 82.49
LG Marcus Keyes 80.72
OC Johnny Wilson 85.90
RG Bryce Bray 87.10
RT Teven Jenkins 84.22
TE Jelani Woods 85.59
QB Dru Brown 79.33
RB Chuba Hubbard 88.68
Avg. 83.4

Now to the offensive side of the ball for OU. Yeesh, there’s a lot of talent. Incredibly, OU has a former walk-on starting at receiver in one of the most prolific offenses in college football, but its average isn’t weighed down by it as much as OSU because CeeDee Lamb, Charleston Rambo and the other offensive starters held their own when it came to star power as recruits. (Just take a look at that offensive line and you’ll see just how great they’ve really recruited in the trenches.)

POS OU OFFENSE RATING
WR CeeDee Lamb 93.58
WR Lee Morris 75
WR Charleston Rambo 92.89
LT Erik Swenson 89.16
LG Marquis Hayes 90.35
OC Creed Humphrey 89.62
RG Tyrese Robinson 95.25
RT Adrian Ealy 89.98
H-B Jeremiah Hall 85.90
QB Jalen Hurts 92.31
RB Kennedy Brooks 91.59
Avg. 89.6

Now to the defense. OSU’s unit ranks 84.94 on average, surprisingly better than its offense (in part because there are no listed starters that were walk-ons or rated less than two stars).

The biggest star on defense is none other than true freshman Trace Ford, who has played so well he’s earned a starting job as a teenager. He ranked 88.97 coming out of high school, higher than any other defensive starter.

POS OSU DEFENSE RATING
S Kolby Harvell-Peel 85.39
S Tre Sterling 84.11
S Jarrick Bernard 84.93
CB A.J. Green 84.65
CB Rodarius Williams 85.29
MLB Malcolm Rodriguez 82.33
OLB Amen Ogbongbemiga 82.52
DE Trace Ford 88.97
DE Tyler Lacy 85.93
DT Cameron Murray 84.32
DT Israel Antwine 85.88
Avg. 84.94

On defense for OU, it has a number of former blue-chippers led by defensive back Brendan Radley-Hiles (who goes by Bookie?). Up front is where it’s scary. Canadian star Neville Gallimore has an impressive pedigree as well as Ronnie Perkins and LaRon Stokes, the latter of whom chose OU over OSU in the last recruiting battle cycle.

POS OU DEFENSE RATING
S Delarrin Turner-Yell 85.69
S Patrick Fields 86.60
NB Brendan Radley-Hiles 98.07
CB Parnell Motley 86.09
CB Tre Brown 93.66
MLB Kenneth Murray 87.71
WLB Dashaun White 92.00
DE Ronnie Perkins 96.66
DE Nikolas Bonitto 91.67
DT Neville Gallimore 96.43
DT LaRon Stokes 85.95
Avg. 90.22

As always the caveat applies: talent doesn’t always equate to wins. And further: recruiting stars do not translate 1-to-1 in real life talent. But … on paper anyway, OU has a decided advantage come Saturday.

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