Oklahoma moves to No. 1 recruiting class; Baker Mayfield appears on Sports Illustrated cover
Welcome to the Thursday edition of our Oklahoma DieHards morning roundup, where we take you through all the biggest headlines around Oklahoma athletics.
Oklahoma football added a new commitment to the 2019 class. Four-star linebacker Jonathan Perkins from Cajon High School in San Bernardino, Calif. Perkins is the No. 296 player in the class and No. 18 at his position per 247Sports.
Perkins’ commitment pushes Oklahoma up to No. 1 in the national rankings, ahead of Florida State. It’s a huge accomplishment for Lincoln Riley in his first full recruiting cycle. The Sooners also have at least one other commitment on the way.
- Austin American-Statesman sports editor Jason Jarrett dug up one of the earliest pictures of Baker Mayfield we’ve seen, as the Statesman wrote about Mayfield’s ninth grade team winning a 7-on-7 tournament.
- Oklahoma is set to have one of the elite wide receiver recruiting classes, according to Rivals analyst Mike Farrell.
- Don’t count out cornerback Bookie Radley-Hiles. The early-enrollee believes he can follow up Charles Woodson’s legacy and win the Heisman Trophy at defensive back.
Former Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield will appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated next week in advance of the 2018 NFL Draft. Strangely, Mayfield is one of a few prospects to appear on the cover shirtless.
Obviously, appearing on the cover of Sports Illustrated is a great honor. Appearing on the cover without a shirt on is … less common. But that’s okay. Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller believes that “everyone loves” Baker Mayfield.
- Women’s basketball players Gabbi Ortiz and Vionise Pierre-Louis signed training camp contracts with WNBA teams. Ortiz signed with the Los Angeles Sparks and Pierre-Louis signed with the WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx.
- Tuesday, we learned that Oklahoma is Running Back U. Wednesday, the Sooners made their case for Wide Receiver U. Oklahoma has 10 receivers picked in the NFL draft over the past 10 years, which is most in the nation.
What they’re saying on Twitter
Elite cornerback Jay Criddell
This is for Ej, Jace and Nalah!
— J4 (@JayCriddell) April 18, 2018
Linebacker Kenneth Murray
“Opportunity does not knock. It presents itself when you beat down the door…..” #Year2🦍
— Kenneth Murray (@Kmurrayy_9) April 18, 2018
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