The second five-star prospect in the Class of 2023 has decommitted from the Oklahoma Sooners just hours after Lincoln Riley left OU for to become the head coach at USC.
Malachi Nelson announced on Twitter he would be decommitting from the Sooners, saying in part, “In light of the recent events and changes, my family and I believe it’s best if I decommit from OU at this time. I want to thank all the Sooner fans for the relentless love and support they’ve shown.”
Nelson is, ironically enough, a California prospect who is ranked as the No. 2 quarterback in the nation, No. 2 player in the nation and No. 1 player in California in the class of 2023, according to 247Sports.
Earlier in the day, five-star wide receiver Brandon Innis also decommitted from OU.
According to the 247Sports composite, Innis is ranked as the No. 9 player in the nation and the No. 1 wide receiver in the country in the Class of 2023. The Fort Lauderdale prospect is also ranked as the No. 2 player in the state of Florida.
Oklahoma had the No. 1 class in the nation for 2023 to start the day, but with Nelson and Innis gone, those rankings will plummet. And they likely won’t be the last.