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Makai Lemon Commits to Oklahoma Sooners for 2023 Class

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Makai Lemon’s commitment to the Oklahoma Sooners means the program now has the top-ranked recruiting class for 2023. Lemon announced his commitment on Saturday via CBSSports HQ.

Lemon is a five-star wide receiver from Los Alamitos, California, who was considering Colorado, Florida, Florida State and Georgia, among other programs. It’s an early commitment for Lemon, who still has two years of high school ahead of him, unless he re-classifies. Southlake (Texas) quarterback Quinn Ewers recently did that. He reclassified from the Class of 2022 to the Class of 2021 to join Ohio State this season, as opposed to playing his senior season at Southlake Carroll High School.

According to, Lemon is the No. 33 player in the Class of 2023 per the site’s composite rankings. Using just’s rankings, Lemon moves up to No. 15 overall.


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With the commitment, has OU’s 2023 class as No. 1 in the country, per Brandon Drumm of 247Sports and the site’s composite rankings. Three other players have committed to the Sooners for 2023 — quarterback Malachi Nelson (Los Alamitos, California), running back Treyaun Webb (Trinity Christian Academy, Jacksonville, Florida) and tight end Luke Hasz (Bixby, Oklahoma).

The Sooners have been busy for many reasons this summer. Oklahoma and Texas announced the program’s impending departure from the Big 12 to the Southeastern Conference, a departure that won’t happen until after the 2024-25 athletic year, unless something changes. The Sooners and Longhorns’ decision has thrown the future of the Big 12 in doubt.

Meanwhile, the Sooners are getting plenty of preseason love for this year’s team, as ESPN tabbed the Sooners as the No. 2 team in its preseason power rankings, while the College Football America Yearbook has the Sooners at No. 4.

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