Happy Friday, friends and fans!
From C&C Machine’s Kamiar Mehrabian: On the Fourth of July, four-star safety Bryson Washington finally announced his decision between living in Austin or Norman. Washington, from C.E. King HS (Houston, Texas) chose the Oklahoma Sooners over Texas, Alabama, Auburn and others.
I Would Like To Thank My Family, My Friends, And God For Putting Me In The Position I Am In Today✍ pic.twitter.com/QTukjy6Nkc— ¹⁵ Bryson Washington (@ChasingDream8) July 5, 2019
Securing a commitment from Washington — who has a large frame at 6’2, 196 lbs. — is a big-time get for Alex Grinch’s defense. A very physical presence in the defensive backfield, it appears as if Oklahoma is bringing back head hunters at the safety position.
Washington has a dynamic skillset and great ball skills. Although he is listed as a safety, he plays several positions in the defensive backfield but would certainly play the strong safety position for the Sooners. Although Riley and Grinch gained a commitment from Washington, it’s been rumored that this will be a battle between the Sooners and Longhorns until a letter of intent is signed.
Washington is rated as the No. 33 overall prospect from the state of Texas and the No. 15 safety nationally. He is rated as the No. 198 prospect overall according to 247 sports. His commitment brings the Sooners their first safety verbal in the 2020 class and their third overall defensive back commit. Washington’s pledge brings the Sooners to the No. 12 spot nationally in the 247Composite team rankings for 2020. Additionally, the Sooners remain atop the Big 12 for recruiting rankings in relation to the 2020 class.
Now onto this week’s Friday edition of Hot Links! Lon and Lincoln form a dynamic duo, Alex Grinch’s pitch is working, Zion and RJ go head-to-head and more!
- Vote for Kyler Murray and Brenna Dowell for Big 12 Athletes of the Year! These sensational Sooners had some all-time great seasons in football and gymnastics, respectively, and you can show your support and appreciation for their lights out performances by casting your vote! You can also keep voting through July 10th.
- Lon Kruger and Lincoln Riley give Oklahoma one of the top basketball/football head coaching duos in the nation, according to Sporting News. At No. 4 on a list with this much star power is quite an impressive feat. TCU and Kansas were the only other two Big 12 schools included, with Gary Patterson and Jamie Dixon coming in at No. 16 for the Horned Frogs, and Les Miles and Bill Self checking in at No. 6 for the Jayhawks.
- Going undefeated for an entire season of college football is hard. Massive understatement aside, just making it out of the first month without a blemish in the loss column isn’t exactly easy, either. With Oklahoma’s manageable non-conference schedule, a solid Big 12 opener, and Lincoln Riley’s perfect record in the month of September, the Sooners should be sitting pretty come October.
- OU Insider’s RJ Young wrote about Oklahoma’s latest 2020 commitment, Bryson Washington. Young says this run of defensive verbals over the last month are a testament to Alex Grinch and his convincing pitch to recruits.
- Jadon Haselwood was one of the highest rated receivers to ever sign with Oklahoma, and in Lincoln Riley’s offense, those who work hard and have the talent can make a lot of noise on the field. That’s why he’s one of the top true freshmen around the nation to keep an eye on this fall.
Around the Sports World
- Former Duke Blue Devils teammates and the first and third picks in last month’s NBA Draft Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett square off on the court tonight in Las Vegas Summer League play. These two could be going at it for a while if their careers pan out to their potential.
- Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Kendrick Norton had his left arm amputated after being involved in a major car accident this week. The former Miami Hurricane is 22.
- Athlon Sports released another college football list, this time 50 of the most underrated players who could have sneaky good seasons.
- Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon was tossed from Thursday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates after getting pretty heated about the high number of errant pitches coming towards his batters.
Joe Maddon was ejected during the Cubs’ win over the Pirates.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 5, 2019
After the game, he said he felt Pittsburgh’s pitching was “getting way too out of control.” pic.twitter.com/aAjTEeBHEU
- Florida Gators super fan George ‘Mr. Two Bits’ Edmondson Jr. passed away this week at the age of 97. He retired from his role as a rallying figure at ‘The Swamp’ in 2008, but years later his charade has become a tradition for UF Football.
We mourn the passing of a legendary Gator - Mr. Two Bits. https://t.co/wGikZLu3J2— Florida Gators (@FloridaGators) July 4, 2019
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