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January 8, 2014

Sugar Bowl win helps Sooners lock in prized recruits

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NEW ORLEANS —

Stoops is expecting some major commitments in the coming days.

“I think we are in great shape, from what we are hearing and the way we’ve been communicating with guys,” he said. “Hopefully that all comes to fruition in a few days.”

One more message to the SEC: Since Stoops spent the last six months being grilled for his comments about the SEC, he took one final shot when asked about it Friday morning. He gloated a little, but it sounds like he’s ready for the discussion to end.

“I’ve watched Alabama run roughshod over the SEC for the past few years and we didn’t look overwhelmed,” he said. “I also watched (Texas) A&M and Missouri the last year or two and they didn’t look overwhelmed. They’ve been in the Big 12 for 100 years and they’ve been in there for two years and they look like they match up pretty well. Enough of that talk. That’s nonsense.”

What’s next for Bell?: Trevor Knight solidified himself as the Sooners’ quarterback of the future Thursday night. The MVP performance in the Sugar Bowl ended the discussion. Although, offensive coordinator Josh Heupel grinned and said “We’ll see” when asked if the top spot on the depth chart was solidified.

But OU coach Bob Stoops said he’ll discuss all options with backup quarterback Blake Bell. The junior is on course to graduate in the spring and could transfer to another FBS school and be eligible to play next season.

“We’ll make a home for Blake one way or another,” Stoops said. “Whatever he wants to do. I hope he doesn’t want to transfer because he can play a lot of different ways. We’ll find out with him and if this is the course we go on how we can make that work for him.”

Stoops also said a position change — likely to tight end — was also a possibility.

“The guy is a great teammate, competitor and a big part of this team,” Stoops said. “Hopefully, we can make it work for him … We wanna make it work for him.”

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