It wasn’t until this 2016 recruiting class that Lon Kruger signed a top-100 high school prospect at Oklahoma. Here is the surprising recruiting breakdown of the No. 1 ranked team in the country was built.
Athletic wing Kameron McGusty is the highest ranked prospect Kruger has signed at Oklahoma as the No. 38 ranked prospect in the 2016 247Sports Composite. The irony, however, is that McGusty won’t play for the Sooners until next season.
In the four recruiting classes Kruger has recruited to Oklahoma, Khadeem Lattin was the highest ranked prospect at No. 116 in the 2014 247Sports Composite. Then next highest ranked recruit was Dante Buford at No. 119 out of the 2014 class. Out of the junior college ranked, deep reserve Akolda Manyang was considered a four-star prospect leaving Indian Hills C.C.
The average ranking in the industry-generated 247Sports composite for the eight players playing the most minutes who where recruited out of high school (including Ryan Spangler who transferred from Gonzaga) is 163.
Star player Buddy Hield was ranked just ahead of this average at No. 154 in the 2012 247Sports Composite.
Despite the lack of star recruits, in the three and a half seasons with Kruger-recruited players, the Sooners hold a record of 82-34 with a current No. 1 ranking.
Kruger’s first recruiting class (Oklahoma’s current seniors) was ranked No. 47 in the 2012 247Sports Composite National Recruiting Rankings and No. 7 in the Big 12.
The 2013 class was ranked No. 81 Nationally and No. 9 in the Big 12.
The 2014 class came in at No. 48 Nationally and No. 4 in the Big 12.
The 2015 class registered at No. 54 Nationally and No. 6 in the Big 12.
Amazingly, Oklahoma has succeeded that past four years with recruiting classes that don’t even average in the top 50.
Times could be changing, however, as Oklahoma’s 2016 class currently ranks No. 20 in the 247Sports Composite National Recruiting Rankings.
But I have a feeling Kruger and his staff are not concerned about that ranking. They are more focused on finding and developing those diamonds in the rough such as the ones that currently have them ranked No. 1 in the country.