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Three-Star DL Alton Tarber Commits to Oklahoma

NCAA Football: Baylor at Oklahoma

Brent Venables and Oklahoma are trying to rebuild their 2022 class after the departure of Lincoln Riley left it in shambles. Over the past couple of days, the Sooners have picked up commitments from four-star quarterback Nick Evers and a recommitment from Kobie McKenzie, a four-star linebacker out of Lubbock, Texas.

On Tuesday, the Sooners picked up another commitment, this time from three-star defensive tackle Alton Tarber from Deerfield Beach, Florida. He chose the Sooners over Georgia Tech, Texas A&M, and Michigan among others.


Tarber was committed to Georgia Tech before going on a visit to Oklahoma this past weekend but renounced his pledge to the Ramblin’ Wreck after a discussion with new Oklahoma defensive line coach Miguel Chavis. Tarber joins Cedric Roberts ad the only interior defensive lineman in this class for the Sooners, after the previous coaching regime was lost and five-stars Derrick Moore and Gabriel Brownlow-Dindy decommitted from OU.

Tarber is very physical at the point of attack and has a solid first strike for a player coming out of high school. If strength and conditioning coach Jerry Schmidt can add a few pounds to his large frame, Tarber could be a force up front in Brent Venables’ scheme.

Oklahoma fans are rejoicing at this particular commitment because the previous staff didn’t believe in players of Tarber’s size. At 6’2″ 305-pounds, the incoming freshman has the frame to put on 15-20 pounds and anchor the Soners’ defensive line.

The culture change in Norman is in full swing, and it’s starting to show on the recruiting trail too.


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