While OU football fans were celebrating America on Sunday, Lincoln Riley was racking up commitments from across the country for the Sooners.
Leading the way was the biggest commitment of the day for the Oklahoma Sooners, with four-star defensive lineman Derrick Moore from Maryland picking Oklahoma over Alabama, Florida and several others. Moore is ranked as the 12th-best defensive lineman in the nation and the No. 71 prospect in the country, according to the 247Sports composite.
Moore is 6’4”, 260 pounds and is considered an agile and quick-twitch athlete with great burst. He can play outside or inside on the defensive line.
He made the announcement official on Twitter.
Also on Sunday, Oklahoma landed 6’1”, 175 pound ATH Xavion Brice from Arlington, Texas. Brice is a three-star recruit who picked Oklahoma over Baylor, Kansas and several others. He is ranked as the No. 92 ATH in the country and the No. 148 recruit in the state of Texas, according to the 247Sports composite. Brice can play quarterback and wide receiver, but it’s expected he could be joining the other side of the ball as a defensive back for Alex Grinch. Adding size to the defensive backfield has been a priority for Grinch since he came to Norman.
Here’s what Brice shared on social media.
Last, but not least, on Sunday, was Robert Spears-Jennings, another athlete who is ranked as a three-star wide receiver, but is expected to end up in the secondary for the Sooners. He is a local product from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, who picked OU over Arkansas, Ole Miss, Texas Tech and others. At 6’2”, 195 pounds, this also fits the mold of the big defensive backs Grinch is looking to add to the OU defensive backfield and while Spears-Jennings has more experience at wide receiver, Coach Grinch likely figures he can teach skill, he can’t teach that kind of size.
Here is what Spears-Jennings posted to Twitter.
With Oklahoma now having 12 commitments, the Sooners moved up to No. 8 in the 247Sports national rankings for the Class of 2022 and rank second in the Big 12, one spot behind the Texas Longhorns.