Bob Stoops' retirement last week shocked the football and recruiting world. While Oklahoma returns the talent and experience to once again win the Big 12 and add another top-10 finish to the program’s résumé, the impact of Stoops’ departure could be more immediately impactful on the recruiting trail.
Lincoln Riley has already gotten off to a fine start. The Sooners, on Monday, flipped ESPN 300 DE Ron Tatum III from Texas. But there are other teams and prospects waiting to see what OU's future looks like.
Here is a look at three teams and recruits that will be impacted by Stoops’ departure.
Three teams that could benefit from Stoops’ retirement
Texas: Coach Tom Herman already was winning head-to-head battles against Oklahoma in the 2018 cycle. The Longhorns are rolling in a way that is similar to the early 2000s under Mack Brown. Now with Stoops retired, Texas will be ready to take every advantage if the Sooners take a step back on the field this season under Lincoln Riley. ESPN 300's Jaylen Waddle, Brennan Eagles and Jaquayln Crawford are among the Lone Star State prospect to watch to determine if the Sooners will be hit hard in the coming weeks by Stoops’ retirement.
Oklahoma State: Oklahoma has dominated the Cowboys on the field in the Mike Gundy era -- and on the in-state recruiting trail, as well. With Oklahoma State returning a potent team and Stoops retiring, Gundy and staff have a golden opportunity to make a statement for 2018 -- and future classes of recruits. Should Oklahoma stumble and Oklahoma State win the Bedlam game, Gundy and staff would have a newfound message to take on the trail.
TCU: The Horned Frogs and Sooners have battled over a number of players since TCU entered the Big 12. As expected, Oklahoma has won a large majority of the recruitments, including flipping defensive tackle Tyreece Lott in the 2017 cycle. The Horned Frogs did win out for ESPN 300 receiver Jalen Reagor in February, and will now look to capitalize with more wins in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
Three 2018 prospects who could be effected by Stoops retirement
Jaquayln Crawford, ATH: Crawford was considered a lean to Oklahoma over TCU and Texas prior to Stoops’ retirement. Both the Horned Frogs and Longhorns are working to take immediate advantage of the coaching change and questions that come with it. This ESPN 300’s recruitment has the look of yet another Sooners vs. Longhorns battle.
Ronnie Perkins, DE: The Sooners have long been a threat to cherry-pick top talent from the St. Louis area, and the ESPN 300 defensive end was considered a heavy lean to the Sooners prior to Stoops stepping down. Now, Texas, Michigan, Missouri, LSU and others are attempting to quickly capitalize while the questions around the future of Sooners are swirling. The Longhorns recently have stepped up their recruiting efforts of Perkins, and this could be trending toward another Oklahoma versus Texas battle for a premium position defender, which is just what Herman and the Longhorns want. This is a recruitment Sooners fans are expecting to win.
Kamryn Babb, WR: Like Perkins, Babb is from St. Louis. With the competition including Ohio State, Michigan and home-state Missouri, the Sooners can’t afford to slip up on the field in 2017, not with accomplished recruiters Urban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh recruiting with a lot of momentum.