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Oklahoma Lands Tennessee’s Former No. 1 Recruit in Class of 2020

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Lincoln Riley might need to start calling Knoxville, Tennessee his second home.

The Oklahoma Sooners have picked up Tennessee Vols defensive back Key Lawrence via the NCAA transfer portal. Lawrence was the No. 1 recruit in Tennessee’s 2020 Class. This gives Oklahoma two huge additions in the last several days from the Vols, as offensive lineman Wanya Morris announced his commitment to the Sooners last week. Morris was the No. 2 recruit for Tennessee in the Class of 2019.


Lawrence is a former top-100 prospect out of Nashville who played in all 10 games in 2020 as a back up and on special teams. He was ranked the No. 81 overall player, the number-six safety prospect and the number-one in-state recruit in the 2020 class, according to 247Sports.

The Sooners had a need in the secondary as Tre Brown decided to head to the NFL Draft and Tre Norwood also left the program. Delarrin Turner-Yell and Pat Fields are back at safety, so expect to see Lawrence take over at a cornerback or nickel spot.

Oklahoma had offered Key Lawrence during his recruitment, but at the time he decided to stay home. But in the wake of Tennessee firing head coach Jeremy Pruitt, several players decided to transfer, and the Oklahoma Sooners are reaping many of the rewards.

The Sooners continue their push to be National Championship contenders in 2021, which is looking better each day.

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