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2022 4-Star Running Back Jovantae Barnes Commits to Oklahoma

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The Oklahoma Sooners great week continues. After winning the Alamo Bowl on Wednesday, the Sooners got a big addition to their 2022 recruiting class on Sunday afternoon.

Jovantae Barnes, a four-star running back from Las Vegas Desert Pines High School, announced his pledge to play for the Sooners during the Under Armour All-America Game in Orlando, Florida.


Just moments after his announcement, the Oklahoma football Twitter account officially welcomed him to the program which means that Barnes has already signed his letter of intent to play for the Sooners.

Barnes is ranked as the nation’s tenth best running back according to 247Sports. He also shares the same hometown as Oklahoma running back coach Demarco Murray which surely played a factor in his decision.

“He just played a big role. He’s been staying on me since he was (an assistant) at Arizona,” Barnes said during an ESPN interview. “I knew it was something special at OU. He was just like me, a west-coast kid with his top two schools as USC and OU. He ended up choosing OU, so I know there’s something special over there.”

As a senior, Javonate rushed for 567 yards and 11 touchdowns in six games. With Kennedy Brooks off to the NFL, Barnes has a chance to make an impact early when he steps foot on campus.

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