Lincoln Riley has struck again — the Oklahoma Sooners were able to gain the commitment of Noah Arinze after their pursuit of the talented defensive end. Arinze has felt incredibly comfortable with the Sooners’ staff and it would have been surprising if he had not ultimately ended up with Alex Grinch & Co.
Arinze, a product of St. Louis, Mo., chose Oklahoma over Missouri, Iowa State, Tennessee, Texas and others.
Arinze brings a unique frame to Norman, standing at 6’6, 240 lbs., he plays weakside defensive end in high school, but I can fully see Alex Grinch getting him to work with Bennie Wylie and making him a defensive tackle (if not a nose tackle). Grinch is emphasizing playing faster, so while that means they may give up a little bit of weight, they are blitzing the gaps and firing off the ball with length.
Arinze is the second commitment along the defensive line that Grinch is trying to rebuild on the run, but he 100% fits what Grinch’s parameters in regards to frame. He is the No. 19 weakside DE and the No. 10 prospect in Missouri. This commitment puts Oklahoma at 17 commits for the current 2020 recruiting cycle, ranking them No. 11 in the 247Composite Team Rankings. The Sooners rank No. 2 for the Big 12 for the recruiting cycle.