Opinion: Camar Wheaton’s Decision Ultimately Came Down To Opportunity

Alabama is losing two experienced running backs and Oklahoma is likely getting getting two experienced running backs to return. We’re not dealing with rocket science here and it really is that simple.

The news of Garland, Texas running back Camar Wheaton’s commitment to Alabama sent shockwaves through the recruiting world on Wednesday as it left Oklahoma without a running back for the 2021 class, for right now, and it’s a huge whiff on one of the biggest recruits who was left uncommitted.

While there’s a lot to be said about recruiting battles against the S.E.C. the simple logic of this situation leads one to believe this isn’t losing to the Tide as much as it is losing to opportunity. Alabama’s top two running backs are seniors and while the future is uncertain for Brian Robinson, you know for sure that Najee Harris is gone to the NFL.

That’s a different story in Norman where not only is Rhamondre Stevenson thought to be leaning towards returning, but 2,000 yard rusher Kennedy Brooks is returning to the team in 2021 as well. In short, the running back room isn’t going to be as crowded in Tuscaloosa as it will be in Norman.

Obviously Wheaton’s decision hurts Oklahoma and has sent the Sooners scrambling to find a running back. OU could still possibly get back in on LJ Johnson (Cypress, Texas) but there’s not really a lot left out there on the prep level so a look at JUCO guys like Jordan Ford (Garden City C.C.), Jeremiah Johnson (American River C.C.) or Deondre House (Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C.) may be the best play.

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