Oklahoma has yet to officially close the door on the 2023 recruiting class but that isn’t stopping folks from looking ahead to 2024 where the Sooners have yet to lock up their first commitment. That could all be changing in less than two weeks when McKinney, Texas (Frisco Emerson High School) quarterback Michael Hawkins is set to announce his school choice.
Reportedly Hawkins has narrowed his scholarship offers (Alabama, Michigan, & Nebraska, among several others) between Arkansas and Oklahoma. The Sooners already seemed to have had the advantage between the two programs but Wednesday’s announcement announcement that offensive coordinator Kendal Briles was leaving Fayetteville to take the same position at TCU may have pushed Oklahoma over the top. Briles was going head-to-head with Jeff Lebby in the recruitment of Hawkins and with him suddenly absent at Arkansas Oklahoma’s offensive coordinator is suddenly without competition.
It’s unlikely that Briles could swing enough momentum at TCU to get Hawkins to give Fort Worth a serious look. Although, he does hold a TCU offer and it would be shocking if Briles didn’t at least try. This will set Hawkins up to not only potentially be Oklahoma’s first verbal commitment for the 2024 cycle but also the cornerstone for the entire class.
Hawkins has set January 31st as his commitment date. 247Sports has the 6-1/185 quarterback rated as a 4-star prospect, the No. 18 quarterback in the class, and No. 39 overall prospect from the state of Texas for 2024. Between October 8th and November 5th he made three unofficial visits to Oklahoma.
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