Oklahoma has picked up their first transfer in the Brent Venables era with Missouri tight end Daniel Parker announcing he is headed to Norman late Wednesday night.
The addition of Parker is a sight for sore eyes for the Sooners after former four-star tight end Austin Stogner transferred to South Carolina with his teammate Spencer Rattler a little over a week ago.
Parker is a former three-star recruit as a defensive end from Blue Springs, Missouri, and could be thrust into action quickly with Stogner’s exit and senior Jeremiah Hall likely gone. Brayden Willis is expected to come back in 2022 and could vie for the starting gig, plus the Sooners add Jason Llewellyn and Kaden Helms from the ’22 recruiting class.
Parker, a senior, has one year of eligibility remaining and is coming off a season where he hauled in 12 passes for 97 yards and three touchdowns and hopes to be more fruitful through the air at Oklahoma in his final year.
Where he has excelled to this point is blocking, as he claims to be “the #1blocking TE in the nation.” Well, the highlight reel certainly shows there is some merit to that.
Parker should fit in nicely to Jeff Lebby’s run-first scheme, because the tight end does have plenty of blocking assignments, but is utilized effectively in the passing game when the opportunity presents itself.
His blocking prowess certainly looks to be an asset for the Sooners and is exactly the kind of player you would expect Venables to go after as he tries to bring the toughness back to Oklahoma.