It appears as if rumors of the demise of Oklahoma’s 2022 recruiting class were greatly exaggerated. After Lincoln Riley bolted to Southern California it the Sooners saw multiple defections from the 2022 class on both sides of the ball. In all, OU lost five commitments from the class which sent them plummeting down the rankings. However, the arrival of Brent Venables and Jeff Lebby has not only brought stability back to the class, they have it once again trending in the right direction…up.
At the beginning of the day on Monday Oklahoma had the nation’s 21st ranked recruiting class. By the end of the day the Sooners had moved up nine spots to #12 and are less than two points away from the 247Sports Top 10.
Oklahoma’s recruiting surge on Monday was due to the addition of 4-star quarterback Nick Evers and the return of 4-star linebacker Kobie McKinzie to the class. Initially one of the five players to decommit following Lincoln Riley’s exit, McKinzie committed to Texas on December 5. Following the hire of Venables, and subsequently defensive coordinator and linebackers coach, rumors began swirling that McKinzie was beginning to have some buyer’s remorse when it came to his commitment to the Longhorns. On Monday he officially switched his commitment back to Oklahoma.
Rated at the #16 linebacker in the 2022 recruiting class and the #33 overall recruit from the state of Texas. Evers, a one time Florida commitment, is the #8 quarterback in the class and the #22 overall player from the state of Texas.
Oklahoma’s 2022 recruiting class now consists of fourteen commitments from five different states and ranging over eight different positions. Nine of OU’s fourteen commitments are ranked as 4-star recruits.
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