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Bob Stoops' five top recruits at Oklahoma

Bob Stoops’ tenure at Oklahoma predates the era, which started in 2002. The legendary Sooners coach, who has now stepped away from coaching, won 10 Big 12 titles and a national championship during his 18-season run as OU’s head coach.

Below, takes a look at Stoops’ recruiting legacy with a glance back at the five highest-rated prospects ever signed by the departed coach.

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Under Stoops: One of the most successful players in school history, Peterson was a three-time First-Team All-Big 12 selection and a unanimous All-American in 2004. He finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting as a freshman. He was selected in the first round of the 2007 NFL draft.

After Oklahoma: A seven-time Pro Bowl selection, Peterson holds the NFL record for most rushing yards in a single game. He won the NFL MVP in 2012 and has led the NFL in rushing yards in three spate seasons. He currently plays for the New Orleans Saints.

Under Stoops: Bomar won the staring job during his second season as a Sooner and was named the MVP of the 2005 Holiday Bowl. He was dismissed from Oklahoma in 2006 after he was discovered to be receiving payments from a car dealership owned by an OU booster despite not completing work at said dealership.

After Oklahoma: After parting ways with the Sooners, Bomar landed at FCS Sam Houston State, where he thrived. Bomar finished his career there as the program’s all-time leader in passing yards. He was selected in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He never saw game action.

Under Stoops: McCoy was twice a First-Team All-American as a Sooner. He redshirted his first season before earning Big 12 freshman of the year honors the following year. He was a two-time team captain and started 40 games during his Sooner career.

After Oklahoma: McCoy was the third overall pick of the 2010 NFL Draft. As a pro, McCoy is a five-time Pro Bowler despite fighting injuries early in his career. He currently plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Under Stoops: Mixon was suspended for the entirety of the 2014 season because of a domestic violence incident. He played in all 12 games the following year. In 2016, Mixon ran for 1274 yards and became a weapon in the Sooners' passing game. He forfeited his final two years of eligibility in favor of entering the 2017 NFL Draft.

After Oklahoma: Despite concerns about the domestic violence issue, which was captured on camera, the Cincinnati Bengals selected Mixon in the second round of the draft. He will make his NFL debut this season.

Under Stoops: Granger redshirted his first season at OU but found playing time the next season. He earned All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honors in 2017 but battled injury for the remainder of his career.

After Oklahoma: The Seattle Seahawks signed Granger as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He never saw game action in the NFL.