Coach Lincoln Riley’s 2019 recruiting class took a major hit when 4-star all-purpose back Isaiah Spiller de-committed from Oklahoma on April 4.
An elite prospect from the Houston area, Spiller pledged to the Sooners in November, just days after a trip to Norman, Okla. In the months since, though, Spiller’s stock has continued to rise, and his offer list now includes programs such as Michigan, Penn State, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Oregon and TCU, among others.
However, it’s Texas A&M that might have proved to be Oklahoma’s downfall. As detailed by Rivals analyst Woody Wommack, Spiller’s de-commitment has more of a “sting” factor than most this cycle.
“A Texas A&M legacy who initially looked like an Aggies lean, Spiller instead committed to Oklahoma while the Aggies were going through coaching turmoil last fall,” Wommack said. “But once Jimbo Fisher and company got established in College Station, the door started to re-open on Spiller’s recruitment. After making two trips to Texas A&M, including one late last month, Spiller announced his de-commitment earlier this week.”
“Oklahoma has plenty of time to replace him in the class, but given the fact that his stock was on the rise, his de-commitment is still one of the most impactful in the class to date,” Wommack added. “The Sooners are expected to continue to recruit him, but it appears as if Texas A&M is in the driver’s seat going forward.”
Prior to Spiller’s de-commitment, which made him the fifth prospect to back out of a verbal pledge to the Sooners this cycle, Oklahoma boasted the top-ranked class in the Big 12. That ranking now sits at No. 3 in the Big 12 and No. 16 nationally, per the 247Sports composite rankings.
Riley’s recruiting haul features a trio of 4-star pledges in Spencer Rattler, Trejan Bridges and Austin Stogner, and a 3-star edge rusher in Kori Roberson, but Spiller’s de-commitment was significant, nevertheless.
Since Spiller backed out of his verbal to Oklahoma, four Crystal Ball projections have rolled in favor of the Aggies.