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Oklahoma Recruiting Jackson Arnold

Oklahoma Recruiting Jackson Arnold

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Brent Venables is back in Norman and is off to a decent start on the recruiting trails with his first recruiting class in 2023. The Sooners are currently sitting at 37th in recruiting class rankings so far, according to 247 Sports. You may look at that number and raise your eyebrows as to why they are that low in the rankings, but Oklahoma only has a total of 10 commits and they're far from finished this cycle. One could even say they are merely just getting started.

Current Commits

Breaking down the current commitments of the class so far, there are a total of eight three-star prospects, one four-star prospect, and one five-star prospect that we will highlight more later on in this article.

The Sooners have managed to secure commits from many promising athletes.

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  • Five-star, fifth-ranked quarterback Jackson Arnold (6’1, 198 lbs.)
  • Four-star running back Kalib Hicks (5’11, 195 lbs.)
  • Three-star athlete Kade McIntyre (6'4, 205 lbs.)
  • Three-star safety Kaleb Spencer (6'3, 200 lbs.)
  • Three-star athlete Erik McCarty (6’2, 180 lbs.)
  • Three-star offensive tackle Heath Ozaeta (6’6, 296 lbs.)
  • Three-star offensive lineman Joshua Bates (6’3, 305 lbs.)
  • Three-star linebacker Phil Picciotti (6’3, 225 lbs.)
  • Three-star wide receiver Keyon Brown (6’3, 188 lbs.)
  • Three-star linebacker Samuel Omosigho (6’1, 208 lbs.)

The Headliner

The highlight of this class has to be Jackson Arnold by far. The five-star prospect just recently earned his fifth star this year and is carrying loads of momentum into his senior season campaign from having a solid off-season. He most recently participated in the Elite 11 quarterback event finals where he took home MVP honors from the camp.

After analyzing and evaluating Arnold’s film, he has tremendous zip on the ball and a natural pocket presence when throwing the football. Jackson has an absolute cannon of an arm and is a better than average thrower on the run. He oozes confidence and has that swagger knowing he is a gamer. Arnold reminds me of former Sooner quarterback Baker Mayfield in that aspect of his game.

I project him to compete for the starting job at Norman from the first day he steps on campus and it wouldn't surprise me if he is named the starter in week one of his true freshman season.

Commitment Watch

The Sooners have also received crystal balls from six four-star players per  the 247 Sports Composite Rankings, most notably for top-50 overall running back Daylan Smothers. If the Sooners can close on most of these top players, they should be able to finish with a class within the top 25 for the 2023 recruiting cycle.

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