After the turn of the new year, Kobie McKinzie committed to play for the Oklahoma Sooners as a member of the 2022 recruiting class. However, a recent tweet by the prospect threw a wrench into the equation.
I will be graduating next may ❗️❗️— kobie (@kobiemckinzie26) February 12, 2020
The graduation announcement allows McKinzie, the No. 38 overall prospect in the class according to 247Sports, to reclassify. Assessing the talent, 247Sports said the linebacker is “dangerous as a blitzer” and remains a “bonafide Power 5 caliber with potential to become a quality multi-year start at the high-major level.” But does a sophomore in high school have a collegiate ready body?
At 6-3, 227 lbs. there should be no concern with the size of the recruit moving forward. Due to a shift in defensive mentality, the linebacker appears to be a perfect fit moving forward. Arriving on campus a year early would undoubtedly give Alex Grinch a player that remains rough around the edges. However, the Defensive Coordinator could easily shape and mold McKenzie in the player designed for the current scheme. Needless to say, the linebacker would be a welcomed addition to the exclusive family that the Sooners have promoted.
An argument could be made that McKenzie is one hundred percent set in his current decision. Ready to close out the entire recruiting process, the linebacker reclassifies and attempts to make an immediate impact at the collegiate level. On the other side of the conversation for the Sooners, McKenzie remains the only commitment of the 2022 class. Assuming the prospect reclassified, Oklahoma loses the anchor of the group but gains a fourth 2021 commit. From now until the early signing period opens, much change can occur.