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Oklahoma OL Aaryn Parks Announces Return to Program After Entering Transfer Portal

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The Oklahoma Sooners are returning a big piece in the transfer portal with OL Aaryn Parks electing to return to Oklahoma for the upcoming season.

Parks entered the transfer portal earlier this week, but elected to return to Oklahoma and retain his eligibility for this season without the need for an NCAA waiver.

The junior lineman saw action in five games last season after coming in as a backup, and with injuries on the offensive line, Parks stepped into a more permanent role, finishing the season off with reps against Florida State in the Cheez-It Bowl.

 

Coming out of high school Parks was listed as a four-star prospect by the 247Sports index, the 12th-best player at his position, and the 14th-ranked player in the state of Maryland.

National recruiting analyst Brian Dohn projected Parks as a late-round NFL Draft pick in the future saying, “Good length and shoulder width. Has to re-shape body. Best suited for guard but has length for right tackle. Powerful in lower body. Athletic and physical. Fires off well at snap. Gets to second level quickly. Drives legs when engaged. Patient in pass pass-pro and strong initial punch. Accurate hand placement with purpose. Good body control. Usually plays balanced. Stays engaged on blocks. Can chip and then engage his defender. Has to work on laterally movement and quicken feet. Must sink hips with more consistency. Multi-year starter at high level Power 5 school. Should hear his name called late in the NFL draft.”

Anytime a program is able to return a player with an NFL-caliber future, it should be viewed as an absolute win. With Brent Venables adding more depth to his offensive line and a productive player with collegiate experience in Aaryn Parks, the Sooners’ protection up front should take a new step forward in 2023.

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