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Oklahoma Sooners Football Recruiting: 4-star ATH Billy Bowman has signed with OU

The speedster out of Denton, Texas was once committed to the Longhorns.

NCAA FOOTBALL: OCT 03 West Virginia at Oklahoma Photo by Stephen P. O’Brien/Icon Sportswire/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Oklahoma Sooners have officially signed one of the best prospects the lone star state has to offer in 4-Star WR/ATH Billy Bowman out of Ryan High School in Denton, Texas. Bowman, who ranks No. 38 overall and is the No. 2 athlete in the nation according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, had been committed to rival Texas since July of 2019. However the uneasiness surrounding the Longhorns program gave the Sooners an opening to land his commitment and now signature.

The Sooners already had verbal commitments from three receivers prior to Bowman’s in early November. Oklahoma had already been considering taking a fourth receiver in their 2021 class (Emeka Egbuka), but Bowman seems to be the perfect fit for that final spot as he does have the versatility to play on either side of the ball.

How He Fits

As dynamic of an athlete as Bowman is, he could easily take snaps on either side of the ball in Norman. That being said, it’s hard not to see him primarily as a big-play threat for Lincoln Riley’s offense. Bowman possesses high-end track speed and an innate ability to navigate traffic. With his size and frame, he’s a near perfect fit as a slot receiver, but his speed will allow him to move around a bit within the Oklahoma offense. If it weren’t for Marvin Mims, Bowman would be almost a guarantee to see immediate time as a returner on special teams.

Bowman held 32 reported offers, many of which were from major programs such as Alabama, Notre Dame, LSU, Texas and USC.