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Oklahoma Sooners Football Recruiting: 2018 safety Delarrin Turner-Yell commits to Oklahoma

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Oklahoma’s newest commit decommitted from Baylor last week.

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The Oklahoma Sooners have received yet another commitment from a ChampU BBQ attendee, as Hempstead (TX) safety Delarrin Turner-Yell has announced his intention to spend his college years in Norman. Turner-Yell was committed to the Baylor Bears until last week.

Prior to the ChampU BBQ, I pointed out that DTY packs a punch despite his lack of size:

Although he may be a bit on the small side at the moment (listed at 5-10 and 157), Turner-Yell is about as physical as they come at the safety position. If he can put on a bunch of weight (I think we all trust Schmitty in this area), he’s someone who could really help a defense out in the run game. His closing speed is tremendous and his tackling form is fantastic.

Additionally, DTY is quick and athletic enough to be a solid cover guy. Check out his highlights:

Despite the fact that Turner-Yell is slight of build and not highly rated, he’s someone who will surprise people if and when he arrives on campus in 2018.

While Sooner fans should definitely be very happy about this commitment, it sort of complicates safety recruiting moving forward for 2018. The Sooners now have five defensive backs commits (including two safeties) in a class that is likely going to be smaller than the last one. The Sooners are considered strong contenders for four-star safeties Kalon Gervin and CJ Smith, but this development could make it a bit of a tight squeeze. OU will likely only have room for one more safety in 2018, and what if someone like Josh Proctor decides he wants to stay closer to home? These are all things that we’ll have to keep an eye on going forward.

Turner-Yell is Oklahoma’s 18th commit of the 2018 class and is the eighth commit on the defensive side of the ball.