Theo Wease was one of the names that Oklahoma fans saw entered into the transfer portal in the wake of Lincoln Riley departing for the west coast. Just like Jadon Haselwood, Mario Williams, Caleb Williams, and Spencer Rattler, Wease was a five-star recruit that was looking for a way out of Norman once Riley pulled the pin on his USC grenade.
Fortunately for Oklahoma, Wease’s first interest once in the portal was Ole Miss and then-offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby. Wease wanted to play for Lebby, but when it was rumored that he was heading to Oklahoma to be the Sooners’ new OC, Wease realized he didn’t need to go anywhere.
“I was gonna hit the portal before the coaching staff change happened, if I’m being honest,” Wease said on this week’s episode of Podcast on the Prarie. “I was interested in going to Ole Miss and playing for (Jeff) Lebby). We talked about me going out there. Come to find out, he gets a job at Oklahoma. Of course, I never wanted to leave Oklahoma. But you know, just how certain stuff plays out, stuff happens. Once I heard about Linc getting the new job, blah blah blah. I’m like, maybe the new coach, maybe this is like my blessing in disguise. And then come to find out, I see Lebby gets the job. I was just talking to him so why would I leave now?”
Wease missed the 2021 season with a “lower leg injury” but was a big part of the Sooners offense in 2020, recording 37 catches, 530 yards, four touchdowns, and 14.3 yards per catch.
Now, Wease will get the opportunity to play for Lebby and stay in the same colors he committed to in high school. Wease was the No. 3 wide receiver prospect in the 2019 class, and the 21st-ranked prospect overall. If he and Dillon Gabriel can find chemistry in Lebby’s new system, Wease certainly has the intangibles to make himself a dangerous target in the Sooners’ offense.