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Four-Star Linebacker Jaren Kanak Commits to Oklahoma

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The writing has been on the wall for a couple of weeks but now it’s official; Jaren Kanak is committed to the Oklahoma Sooners.

The four-star athlete from Hay High School in Hays, Kansas announced that he would be a Sooner on Wednesday evening via his Twitter page.

Kanak was initially committed to Brent Venables and Clemson, his dream school, before Venables took the head coaching job at Oklahoma.


On December 21, 2021, Kanak showed up in the Oklahoma student database, as reported by SoonerScoop’s Bob Pryzbylo. Two days later he decommitted from Clemson, which all but guaranteed he would land with the Sooners.

Kanak, who lost his father, Jason, in a car accident in 2008, has developed a strong relationship with Brent Venables and has made it clear that he wants to play for the Kansas native. Venables will be happy to have a player like Kanak in his initial signing class. Listed at 6’2″ 210-pounds, Kanak ran a 10.37 100m in high school and shows that speed on film as well. Kanak also exhibits a tenacity that Venables’ linebackers are known for and should be a perfect fit in the new system in Norman.

He will join fellow four-star linebackers Kobie McKinzie and Kip Lewis in the 2022 class, showing the obvious need for improvement at that position for Oklahoma. There will be several players in this class that could see immediate playing time in 2022, particularly Kanak and McKinzie defensively.

Oklahoma’s 2022 class currently ranks 10th nationally, and second in the Big 12 with 17 commits and under four weeks left until Signing Day.

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