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Oklahoma Sooners Football Hot Links: Lincoln Riley drops some commitment eyes, basketball signs Trey Phipps

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With the early signing period just around the corner, things are once again ramping up on the recruiting trail.

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Happy Hump Day, friends and fans!

On Tuesday, The Athletic’s Jason Kersey reported that Oklahoma Sooners redshirt freshman CB Jaqualyn Crawford has entered the NCAA Transfer Portal.

Crawford was a four-star athlete out of Rockdale, Texas who signed with OU in the 2018 class. He originally began his Sooner career on the offensive side of the ball at receiver, but was later moved to defense as a DB. His lone game participation came against Kansas in ‘18, but ultimately he was not able to snag a regular spot in the rotation at either position.

It’s not a loss that will be felt on the depth chart, but it does open up another scholarship opportunity for someone else in the near future. If that someone else is on defense, particularly in the secondary, then that’s gravy. As for Crawford, it’s unclear where he’ll land next, but Oklahoma fans should wish him all the best.

Now onto today’s Hot Links! A new verbal commitment is on the way, Oklahoma is revving up the Rough Rider uniforms, Evansville stuns UK in Rupp Arena and more!

OU Links

  • There was some drama in this week’s Butkus Brain Teaser, but Lincoln Riley is the G.O.A.T. when it comes to play calling for a reason. Still, even the great ones aren’t perfect. Did Teddy Lehman finally stump Oklahoma’s head coach? Watch and find out.
  • Speaking of Riley, he dropped those eyes again on Wednesday morning. Another recruit has silently made his commitment to Oklahoma. I wonder who it could be.
  • The Sooners are going with their Rough Rider road alternates for this weekend’s matchup against the undefeated No. 13 Baylor Bears. History has been mostly kind to Oklahoma when they’ve changed up the uniforms, so here’s to hoping an OU statement can be made on Saturday night.
  • Speaking of basketball, Lon Kruger’s staff signed Tulsa (Okla.) Booker T. Washington guard Trey Phipps to its 2020 class Wednesday morning. With the Sooners only having one scholarship senior in Kristian Doolittle, this cycle’s class won’t be a large one.
  • Trae Young is in some serious company after another prolific performance on Tuesday night. Could he really be the next generational great? I know I can hardly wait to find out. Boomer!

Around the Sports World

  • The Evansville Purple Aces shocked the nation with their road upset over the AP’s No. 1 team in the land — the Kentucky Wildcats. It’s not even March yet, but if this result is any indication of how this college basketball season is about to unfold, I’m so here for it.

Stick to Sports!

  • JetPack Aviation has raised the $2 million it sought to begin building the prototype of its flying motorcycle. Nicknamed ‘The Speeder’, the goal for this machine is to be able to transport riders at speeds of over 400 mph. A timeline for a completed working model is not set, but less than five years from now is the current approximation. Sounds like one gnarly Harley to me.

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