Sanders originally committed to Lincoln Riley in November of 2017 to play tight end. However, it has been made clear that he would rather play on the other side at the next level, and it is no mystery that Nick Saban just had six members of his defense go into the NFL Draft this past week. There’s chatter that the Oklahoma coaching staff tried to pivot upon Sanders’ wishes, but Overlord Saban is a tough out when it comes to defensive recruiting. The talented athlete could’ve been an elite TE, but if defense is the choice, it’s tough to blame the kid for his decision.
Recruiting giveth, recruiting taketh away.
After a successful spring game regarding the commits from Dontae Manning and Ryan Watts, Oklahoma has seen target Akinola Ogunbiyi commit to the Georgia Bulldogs and now a Sanders flip to Alabama. It’s not even May, there is a long way to go before Early Signing Period and several football games to be played ‘til the official National Signing Day. The Oklahoma Sooners now have six verbal commitments and currently stand as the nation’s No. 16 ranked recruiting class (and No. 1 in the Big 12). Riley will undoubtedly try to manufacture some momentum before they head into the dog days of summer.