Where has Charleston Rambo been? I’m pretty sure I heard that question just about every weekend this college football season with the exception of the season opener. Rambo caught four passes for 80 yards, and two touchdowns, in Oklahoma’s 48-0 romp of Missouri State but then essentially fell off the planet.
Big things were expected of Rambo going into 2020 but big things weren’t delivered. In 2019 he hauled in 43 catches for 743 yards and five touchdowns as CeeDee Lamb’s wingman. All of that set up the possibility of a big junior year in 2020 but instead it was freshman Marvin Mims and sophomore Theo Wease who played the role of the show stoppers in Oklahoma’s passing attack. Rambo finished fourth on the team with 25 receptions for 312 yards and just three scores.
The most frustrating aspect of Rambo’s disappointing season is that his third touchdown didn’t come until OU’s route of Florida in the Cotton Bowl. That places a span of eleven games between when his scored those first two touchdowns against Missouri State and the last one against Florida. We were literally watching him disappear while Mims and Wease were rising to stardom. That’s why there really wasn’t a shock value to his announcement on Monday that he was entering the transfer portal.
With the return of Trejan Bridges and Jadon Haselwood at full strength in 2021 this was a good move for Rambo. The Sooners also brought in a trio of highly talented receivers in the 2021 recruiting class. For a guy who was already sliding the wrong direction of the depth chart this couldn’t be anything but unsettling.
Charleston Rambo is an explosive and super talented receiver. He’s shown flashes of that over the last three seasons. Now it’s time for him to land in a place where he can showcase that skillset. A fresh start in a new program could easily reset him to the summer of 2020 where he was fully expected to be the star receiver.
You won’t find many members of the Sooner Nation who are completely surprised by this news. Many of us have seen this coming since early October. You also won’t find many members of the Sooner Nation who wish him good luck and hope he finds a landing spot worthy of the potential that he possesses.
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