We all love Signing Day surprises…as long as they’re the good ones. That’s what Oklahoma fans got in the way for four-star safety commit Jeremiah Criddell on Wednesday morning.
The one time Oregon commitment started having a change of heart late last month which opened the door to a back-and-forth recruiting battle between the Sooners and the Ducks. That battle officially ended Wednesday morning when he made his decision on national television.
“First and foremost, I want to thank everybody that’s been here since the beginning, you know, everybody that’s just helped me out and just always taken care of me and just helped me get to this point,” Criddell said. “And I want to thank my parents, I want to thank God, and with that being said, I’m gonna be going to The University of Oklahoma. Boomer Sooner!”
Compared to former Oklahoma, and current Baltimore Raven, safety Tony Jefferson, Criddell is ranked by 247Sports as the nation’s 124th overall prospect, the 12th ranked safety and 18th overall player from California.
The 5-11/188 prospect from Mater Dei High School, in Santa Ana, California, received 22 scholarship offers but seemed locked in on the Sooners after making a campus visit for the Bedlam game.
“You know, I had a lot to think about and a lot went into this decision,” Criddell said. “But I felt like it was just the best thing for myself and my family.”