According to Carey Murdock of SoonerScoop.com, true freshman linebacker Levi Draper will miss the 2017 season with a torn labrum.
True frosh LB Levi Draper has suffered a torn labrum. Will have surgery Tuesday and expected to make full recovery in time for spring fball.— Carey Murdock (@CareyWWLS) August 19, 2017
The former four-star recruit out of Collinsville (OK) High School committed to the Oklahoma Sooners in December of 2015 over schools such as Oklahoma State (which is where he was originally committed), Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Notre Dame and Texas A&M. While not expected to play a large role in 2017, Draper would have provided depth to the very young group of linebackers and could have seen his name called in the event of injuries. He will now use a redshirt season, which was a potential outcome even before the injury.
Draper is the second true freshman to be lost for the 2017 season this week, joining talented running back Kennedy Brooks. Fortunately, both players should be ready for the spring and could easily make an impact as redshirt freshmen in 2018.