Oklahoma finished its Class of 2014 with 26 signees and the top-rated Scout class for the Big 12 conference.
Over the next week, Sooners Illustrated is going to look back at the class and let the OU coaches help explain why fans should be excited.
The first tight end recruit of the Jay Boulware era at OU was a solid one in the Tulsa (Okla.) Union product. Meier was known for his hands as a junior but worked to become stronger and a consistent blocker as a senior. A shoulder injury has been nagging him but shouldn't deter him from a career with the Sooners.
Ijalana was a curious case. Originally committed to OU in November, he backed off when he thought the Sooners were about to revoke his offer. Things got straightened out, and he once again committed to OU and signed in December. Ijalana firmly believes he can be that instant impact player at the position once again for the Sooners.
"You have a couple of tight ends, Isaac Ijalana who is already here and Carson Meier from over in Tulsa, who is an excellent player who fits our mold at tight end. He is a physical guy who can block but has great hands as well and Isaac is that way, too." – OU coach Bob Stoops
"I like Isaac's work ethic, his pedigree. He's got a brother that plays for the Jets. He really wants to be good. He has an upside about him. He's going to be a guy that we hope can develop and provide some competition there at that position.
"Carson may be the steal of the group of that we got because he has tremendous height and can go up and grab the ball over the middle." – OU tight ends coach Jay Boulware