Oklahoma Sooners

Desire To Play Early A Factor In Burden’s Decision To Decommit From Oklahoma

M. Hofeld

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A decision that Oklahoma fans feared was coming officially arrived on Tuesday when 5-star receiver Luther Burden officially announced his decommitment from the Sooners. With 39 scholarship offers on the table, Burden isn’t short on options as his recruitment opens back up but he seems to have already narrowed things down to two choices.

Stating his decision to drop out of Oklahoma’s 2022 recruiting class as a “business decision”, Burden had told 247 Sports last month that he wants to have the ability to make an impact as a true freshman. “For me in my position, I want to play as a freshman,” Burden told Rebels247’s Yancy Porter in early July about his decision criteria. “I want to make an impact as a true freshman. I’m also looking for a school that fits my style of play. I want to be in a passing offense, one that likes to spread the ball around.”

With Mike Woods being the only senior on Oklahoma’s projected two-deep at the receiver position, it’s very conceivable that Burden would have a tough time finding his way on the field, in a significant capacity, in 2022. That’s what he meant by the “business decision” statement.

Georgia and Missouri have now emerged as the top two contenders for Burden. The Tigers are the home team in this situation since Burden is from St. Louis but the Bulldogs are more of a contender on the national stage but landing the top receiver from the 2022 class could go a long way for both programs.

With 14 commitments in the class, the loss of Burden drops Oklahoma to #12 nationally and #2 in the Big 12 Conference for 2022 according to 247Sports.

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