Kerry Cooks’ work in the Houston area has once again paid off, as cornerback Starrland Baldwin, committed to the Oklahoma Sooners since May 11, has signed his letter of intent with OU on Wednesday. The three-star Cypress Falls product is one of the most versatile pieces for Lincoln Riley’s 2018 class with experience lining up at wide receiver, safety and in the return game.
How he fits in
Flat-out, Baldwin is a playmaker. He has the ability to strike in a variety of ways, including breaking off big plays on special teams. He possesses the return skills to become a breakout star for Oklahoma.
As a three-star prospect from the Houston area, Baldwin comes in under the radar but has the look of a guy who may not stay off the field for long. He displays the knack to track the ball effectively in pass coverage and seems to have the grit to deliver the big hit. His gliding speed and explosive moves in the open field make him a possible sleeper in OU’s 2018 class.
At 5-10, 172 pounds, Baldwin is sure to benefit from some time in the weight room, but if true freshman Tre Norwood took over as a starter for senior Jordan Thomas despite his lack of size, then Baldwin could be one to follow the same path. There is simply no substitute for making plays, and OU fans should expect plenty of them when Starrland Baldwin finds the field in Norman. Baldwin chose Oklahoma over TCU, Oklahoma State, West Virginia, Arizona, Arizona State, among others, and is expected to enroll early.