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Walter Rouse Commits to Play Football for Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Sooners landed a big transfer commitment when former Stanford offensive lineman Walter Rouse switched his pledge to OU on Saturday.

Rouse made the announcement via social media. He had previously committed to Nebraska, now led by former Baylor head coach Matt Rhule.

 

“I never knew the power of one’s faith and gut intuition could so forcefully persuade a decision,” Rouse wrote. “That happened to me this week. And, on Friday, January 13 I informed the head coach of University of Oklahoma that I would be de-committing from University of Nebraska and play my last year of eligibility as part of the 129th football team for the University of Oklahoma.”

Rouse also wrote that he would give an exclusive video interview to 247Sports.com on Sunday, where he would discuss his decision further.

Rouse played in 40 games at Stanford, was a Freshman All-American in 2019 and an All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention selection in 2020. He has one year of eligibility remaining.

This is a big flip for the Sooners, who lost two offensive linemen to the 2023 NFL Draft — left tackle Anton Harrison and right tackle Wayna Morris. Rouse could flip into either of those positions.

Oklahoma is coming off one of its worst seasons in recent memory, at least by its standard. First-year head coach Brent Venables led the Sooners to a 6-7 record, punctuated by a bowl game loss to Florida State, 35-32. Venables replaced Lincoln Riley, who led the Sooners to a 10-win season in 2021 before moving on to take over the program at USC.

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