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Malachi Nelson Commits To Oklahoma Sooners

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Malachi Nelson announced his committed to Oklahoma football on CBS Sports HQ on Sunday, giving the Sooners a 5-star quarterback for their 2023 recruiting class.

Nelson won’t play for the Sooners for two seasons. But the Los Alamitos, California, product, was one of the most sought-after recruits in the 2023 Class.

In choosing the Sooners, Nelson passed over Notre Dame, LSU, Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State and USC, among others. Per he had 26 offers.


Of course, Nelson can’t sign for a while. In fact, Nelson can’t sign with the Sooners until November of 2022. But, given the Sooners’ recent history with quarterbacks, Nelson’s commitment may just stick.

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Under head coach Lincoln Riley, the Sooners have produced two Heisman Trophy winners in Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray. Jalen Hurts, who transferred from Alabama to Oklahoma, was the Heisman Trophy runner-up in his only season in Norman. Entering the 2021 season, incumbent quarterback Spencer Rattler is considered a Heisman favorite. And, just for good measure, Riley has Caleb Williams, a consensus No. 1 quarterback in the 2021 Class on the depth chart behind Rattler. Williams enrolled early at OU.

According to, Nelson is the No. 2 quarterback recruit in the Class of 2023, behind only Arch Manning, who is the son of Cooper Manning, who happens to be the older brother of Peyton and Eli Manning. Nelson is ranked as the No. 5 player in the country overall.

Nelson isn’t the first quarterback in the 2023 Class to commit. Eli Holstein out of Zachary, Louisiana, has already committed to Texas A&M. He is the No. 10 quarterback in the 2023 Class.

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