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Oklahoma Sooners Hot Links: LB target chooses Texas A&M, Jeff Badet opens up

Four-star LB DaShaun White picked Texas A&M today, but don’t expect OU to stop pushing.

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Happy Sunday, Sooner Nation!

We don’t usually start these things off with bad news, but we’re making an exception today. In case you hadn’t heard already, Oklahoma Sooners linebacker target and recent ChampU BBQ attendee DaShaun White committed to Texas A&M early Sunday afternoon.

This was an extremely close battle that OU seemed to be winning following the BBQ, but according to Brandon Drumm of TFB, this one went in the wrong direction shortly before his announcement.

Anyway, I think it’s safe to say that there isn’t a ton of finality in this decision. Recruiting battles are never really over, and that’s especially true this season when it comes to Texas A&M commits. Kevin Sumlin has to have a great year in order to keep his job, and if he doesn’t, a lot of guys will be looking elsewhere. It’s safe to say that Tim Kish isn’t going to give up just yet, and nor should he.

OU Links

  • There were plenty of good quotes and nuggets from yesterday’s Media Day festivities, but I don’t think anything was better than Jeff Badet’s revelation that he didn’t know Baker was returning to OU until shortly before his commitment.
  • Lincoln Riley was asked about redshirts yesterday, and it seems like his policy is similar to what Stoops had in place over the past several years.
  • Nik Bonitto, a four-star defensive end from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Ft. Lauderdale, has included Oklahoma in his top 7. Alabama and Louisville seem to be the primary contenders, but the Sooners could help themselves if they could to get him to Norman for an official visit.
  • During yesterday’s presser, Riley revealed that Jeffery Mead razzed him into upgrading his car following his promotion. Mead had this to say later on:

National Links

  • OU has a rule in place that you have to be 14 or under in order to get autographs at Meet the Sooners Day. Alabama has no such policy.
  • Baylor’s football ops guy may have won the battle against this tackling machine, but he definitely lost the war.