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ESPN's Heather Dinich reports that Oklahoma AD Joe Castiglione will join the Playoff selection committee.

The committee will be adding six total replacement members to their 13-member crew over the coming weeks. In addition to adding six fresh members, a new committee chair will also be named. That role had been held by Texas Tech AD Kirby Hocutt, who is among the outgoing members, here. Those on the committee hold their positions for three years barring complication which might force them to step down early.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 17 - 12:36 PM

Oklahoma redshirt senior QB Baker Mayfield has signed with Jack and Tom Mills for representation.

The agency is based in Boulder, Colorado, which might be more of a coincidence than anything else. Capital Sports Advisors represented many Oklahoma football players in the 1970s and 1980s, but have not been as active in recent years in terms of top names. In fact, Mayfield will easily be the group's top name at quarterback. Mayfield is currently training in Los Angeles and will attend the Senior Bowl next week.
Jan 17 - 8:09 AM

Oklahoma WR Jeff Badet met with the Ravens on Tuesday.

Badet (6'0/178) was a disappointment in 2017, catching only 25 passes for 378 yards and three scores in Oklahoma's high-powered offense after transferring over from Kentucky. We see him as a UDFA.
Jan 16 - 7:05 PM

Oklahoma is hiring Bennie Wylie to be their new strength and conditioning coach.

If you've seen videos of Wylie, you know he's very strong and in good condition, so he should be able to talk to Oklahoma players about being very strong and conditioned. Prior to taking this job, he's been a strength and conditioning coach fo Texas, Tennessee, Texas Tech and had a stint with the Dallas Cowboys.
Jan 15 - 10:24 PM

Three-star 2018 WR Drake Stoops will join Oklahoma as a preferred walk-on.

Before you even ask: Yes, Stoops is the son of former Sooners head coach Bob Stoops. This is not a case of nepotism, however; Stoops was consensus three-star wideout who had offers from Iowa, Memphis, and several other Group Of Five schools. Reports indicate he's a quality route-runner with good hands, but may not have the athleticism or size (5'11/175) to be more than a slot receiver. Stoops probably will be able to redshirt his freshman year, but it'll be interesting to see what the coaches son will do over his time with the Sooners.
Jan 13 - 4:23 PM

Oklahoma redshirt senior QB Baker Mayfield had the highest rating of any quarterback when given a clean pocket, according to Pro Football Focus.

It's easy to think of Mayfield as a quarterback who moves around and makes plays rolling out, because he's great at that. He's also very good when he's clean in the pocket, as evidenced by his 143.8 rating in those instances. Simply put, Mayfield can beat you in many ways, and that's why he has a chance to be one of -- if not the -- first quarterbacks off the board come spring.
Jan 12 - 7:47 PM

Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage told Sports Illustrated's Andy Staples that the coaching staff of the Denver Broncos requested that Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield be placed on their team for the Senior Bowl.

The Broncos are one squad in desperate need of a quarterback fix. At the very least, they would appear to be intrigued by reigning Heisman winner Mayfield. The Senior Bowl will be played on Jan. 27, with practices beginning on Jan. 23. The Sporting News' Eric Galko is of the belief that the Sooners gunslinger will be drafted within the first 14 picks this spring. He earlier forwarded the Broncos as a team to watch so long as they do not sign Kirk Cousins to fill the void.
Jan 12 - 2:42 PM

SoonerScoop.com reports that Oklahoma redshirt sophomore RB Rodney Anderson will return to school for the 2018 season.

We've yet to receive confirmation from Anderson on the matter, but a return would not be coming out of the blue. After the Rose Bowl, Sooners HC Lincoln Riley said that he hadn't had any draft conversations with the 6-foot-1, 204-pounder. Anderson came on hot down the stretch during the 2017 season, posting 100-yard rushing efforts in six of his last eight games while rolling his way to 1,161 yards (6.2 YPC) and 11 touchdowns for the campaign as a whole.
Jan 10 - 6:18 PM

Oklahoma signed four-star 2018 LB DaShaun White, who had previously been committed to Texas A&M.

White made the decision on Saturday, flipping his recruitment from the Aggies to the Sooners and adding on to what has been a very impressive recruiting class for Oklahoma. 247 Sports ranks him as the 16th best outside linebacker in the class, and the 29th best player in the state of Texas.
Jan 8 - 3:57 PM

Oklahoma redshirt sophomore DL Du'Vonta Lampkin will reportedly enter the 2018 NFL Draft, according to Sooner Scoop.

We don't know much about Lampkin, other than he was suspended in 2016 and 2017 for a few games due to undisclosed reasons. Lampkin is at his best against the run, but he barely played during his time with the Sooners. He failed to draw many starts and only saw the field for 27 percent of the school's snaps in 2017. He joins tight end Mark Andrews and Orlando Brown as early entrees from Oklahoma.
Jan 8 - 8:33 AM

Oklahoma received a verbal commitment from five-star CB Brendan Radley-Hiles.

Radley-Hiles (5'10/175) opted for the Sooners over Alabama, Nebraska, Clemson, UCLA and Florida State. The Seminoles were pushing hard for his pledge, to no avail. He made his pledge during Saturday's U.S. Army All-American Bowl after previously reeling in an interception during the contest. While Radley-Hiles lacks prototypical size, he offers a strong football intelligence and awareness. Heading to an Oklahoma team which struggled mightily on defense during the 2017 season, he could potentially work as an early contributor with a strong spring and summer in Norman. Rivals ranks him as the No. 17 overall prospect in the 2018 class.
Jan 6 - 3:39 PM

Oklahoma received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 DE Nikolas Bonitto.

There's a slight wrinkle to this one. Rivals' Rob Cassidy passes along that Bonitto might actually have already signed with Oklahoma during the early window in December, but that it was kept hush-hush in order to allow him to make his declaration at the Under Armour All-America Game on Thursday. Regardless of this cloak-and-dagger intrigue, the 6-foot-4, 200-pound Bonitto represents a solid addition to HC Lincoln Riley's first recruiting class. He's a lengthy, versatile prospect with plenty of room to add weight.
Source: Rivals
Jan 5 - 12:46 PM

Speaking to reporters, Oklahoma HC Lincoln Riley gave defensive coordinator Mike Stoops a vote of confidence.

"Mike is a really good coach. I have a lot of confidence in him as I do our whole staff, "Riley said. "To do what this staff and this program did this year with all the changes and all that, it’s unprecedented. People better remember that too." The brother of former Sooners HC Bob Stoops, Mike has been the defensive coordinator for Oklahoma since 2012. After giving up 54 points in the semifinal loss to Georgia, it's no surprise that that Stoops is being considered somewhat of a scapegoat, but it sounds like he'll be back coordinating the defense in 2018.
Jan 4 - 10:37 PM

Oklahoma redshirt junior TE Mark Andrews will forgo his senior season and enter the 2018 NFL Draft.

Andrews made the announcement on Twitter, thanking his coaches and the fans. The Mackey Award winning tight end caught 62 passes in 2017 for 958 yards and scored eight times. The 6-foot-5, 245-pound tight end is considered one of -- if not the -- prospects in the class at the position, and has a real chance to be a first-round pick as a red zone threat who has also shown the ability to move the chains in his time as a Sooner.
Jan 4 - 7:44 PM

Oklahoma junior T Orlando Brown will forego his final season of eligibility to enter the 2018 NFL Draft.

Brown (6'8/342) has a very good chance of landing as a Top-45 selection this spring, with an outside shot at climbing into the first round. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein, for one, believes the Sooners standout could potentially rise up as the top tackle prospect in the class with a strong evaluation process. He's a huge offensive lineman and strong at the point of attack, though on occasion speed rushers can give him issues. A move to guard is not out of the question, though the consensus seems to be that he's a likely right tackle in the pros.
Jan 3 - 6:59 PM


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