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Oklahoma Sooners Football Recruiting: McKee Visits Norman, Johnson Decommits from Texas Tech

McKee will be a 2020 enrollee.

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Emmit Gooden isn’t the only Sooners target on campus this weekend.

2018 Corona (CA) Centennial pro-style QB Tanner McKee is also visiting Oklahoma (and Texas) this weekend, and the Sooners may extend an offer when he does. At 6’6, 220 pounds, McKee is a physically imposing talent who ranks as the No. 9 guy in all of California on 247.

So why can’t this guy just slide in for Cameron Rising in the 2018 class?

Well, McKee’s not likely to enroll until 2020. As a Mormon, McKee will complete two years of mission work after graduation and is slated to do so right away. So while he’ll probably commit before the mission, it’s going to be a few seasons before his eligibility begins.

Even so, McKee has been offered by lots of top programs — he’s not a lock for BYU, though he is looking hard at the program. McKee also has offers from Stanford, Alabama, Arizona State, Georgia, Colorado, Louisville, UCLA, Utah, Virginia Tech, Cal and more.

How would a two-year layoff affect McKee? Obviously he can work out on a mission, but it’s tough to replicate practice and game experience. But plenty of good QBs have completed Mormon missions — Brad Sorenson, Taysom Hill and Tanner Mangum among them.

The point is probably moot, as the Sooners seem like a long-shot right now. But we shouldn’t count them out entirely. After all, Oklahoma has the shiny new facilities to show off.


Another name to keep an eye on is Brenham, Texas wide receiver Treveon Johnson, who just de-committed from Texas Tech.

Johnson attended a Sooners Junior Day in January shortly after being offered, and his parents seem to love Oklahoma.

He’s an explosive talent with good hands and great speed, and would be an important addition to a class that needs more Texas kids. Johnson could be a catalyst for the ‘18 class, and with his de-commit, the Sooners have to be considered the new front-runners. Hopefully they can get him back to campus soon.

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