Sooners' top-10 hidden gems: No. 2

The spring evaluation period is upon us.

Oklahoma has made a living out of evaluating and developing well, helping the Sooners go 51-15 during their past five seasons including four straight seasons with double-digit wins. During Bob Stoops’ tenure the Sooners have been able to consistently compete for championships thanks in part to their ability to land hidden gems like Aaron Colvin and Dominique Alexander. This week we’ll count down the top five, continuing with No. 2.

No. 2 Aaron Colvin, cornerback, Class of 2010

Recruiting rank: 78 (out of 100) ESPN.com scouts ranking, No. 40 safety

What we said: “Smart and instinctive and does a good job of reading combination routes. Colvin should be a very solid safety at the next level especially from the strong position and be a very solid zone pass defender.” -- ESPN recruiting analyst.

Other reported offers: Oklahoma State, Missouri, North Texas, UNLV

Career production: Colvin started 36 of 50 games in crimson and cream, finishing with 234 tackles including 15 tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss. He also intercepted five passes … In 2010, Colvin was a pleasant surprise, even starting his first Red River Showdown against Texas. He finished with 34 tackles and one forced fumble in 14 games (one start) as a true freshman … In 2011, Colvin became a starter in the Sooners secondary but shifted to safety with Demontre Hurst and Jamell Fleming manning the cornerback spot. Colvin responded with a team-leading 84 tackles as a sophomore … As a junior he returned to the cornerback spot, starting 13 games while earning All-Big 12 honors. He recorded career highs in sacks (2) and interceptions (4) in 2012 … In 2013, Colvin earned first team All-Big 12 honors for the second straight season despite dealing with nagging injuries for much of the year as a senior.

Why Colvin is No. 2: His versatility, competitive nature and consistency will be greatly missed this fall. Colvin was an impact player as soon as he arrived on campus and was so talented that the Sooners moved him around to find a spot for him in the defense as a sophomore. When Colvin was healthy and on the field, he made plays, it didn’t matter where he lined up or who the Sooners were playing against. Colvin was a three-year starter, all-conference player who was extremely low maintenance. He is the type of recruit that should sit atop every school’s recruiting board.

Another productive member of the Class of 2010, Colvin is part of the reason that recruiting class will go down as one of Bob Stoops’ best. Colvin was not one of the seven ESPN 150 signees in the class, in fact he was fourth-lowest ranked signee according to ESPN scouts rating system ahead of only Trey Millard, Daryl Williams and Damon Williams. Stoops often points to Colvin when dismissing the recruiting hype, or lack thereof, of his Sooners’ signees. And rightly so.

The rest of the list:

No. 3: FB Trey Millard

No. 4: OT Daryl Williams

No. 5: OT Lane Johnson

No. 6: DE Charles Tapper

No. 7: LB Eric Striker

No. 8: LB Dominique Alexander

No. 9: CB Demontre Hurst

No. 10: G Tyler Evans