Earlier this week, the Oklahoma Sooners missed out on five-star 2020 QB Bryce Young. However, Lincoln Riley has already moved on to his next target — five-star QB DJ Uiagalelei of St. John Bosco HS in Bellflower, Calif.
At 6’4” and around 240 lbs., Uiagalelei is a big kid who is categorized as a pro-style QB, but the quickness and sneaky athleticism at his size still stand out. He’s not someone who’s going to be called upon to pick up yards on his own, but he moves well enough to succeed in Riley’s modern version of the Air Raid. Additionally, he demonstrated an awful lot of pocket poise and solid footwork against quality competition as a sophomore. Oh, and his arm isn’t half-bad, either.
Uiagalelei’s other notable suitors include Alabama, Clemson, Oregon and USC, although the Trojans are likely off the table following Young’s commitment. Oklahoma obviously has a lot to offer when it comes to his position, so there’s always a chance that the search for a 2020 QB could end here. Having said that, it probably isn’t going to end soon, as OU obviously has a lot of work to do. It’ll be interesting to see whether or not Riley can build momentum with him moving forward, but I certainly have no reason to doubt the guy. Few, if any, have recruited this position as well as he has in recent cycles.
Uiagalelei, who has already committed to playing in the Polynesian Bowl, is listed as the No. 1 pro-style QB and No. 7 2020 prospect per the 247Composite rankings. Oklahoma currently has five-star RB Jase McClellan, four-star athlete Drew Sanders, four-star safety Darion Green-Warren and four-star RB Jaylan Knighton committed in the cycle. A lot can (and most assuredly will) change between now and Dec. 2019/Feb. 2020, but Uiagalelei would potentially be joining another elite OU class if he eventually picks the Sooners.