Happy Monday, friends and fans! May the Fourth be with you!
Class of 2021 five-star QB Caleb Williams out of Washington, D.C. has narrowed his list of potential college destinations to three, and the Oklahoma Sooners have unsurprisingly made the cut. This news was to be expected, as Lincoln Riley and the OU family has developed a strong connection with the nation’s No. 1 quarterback prospect over the past several months.
Along with Oklahoma, the LSU Tigers and Maryland Terrapins round out this dual threat QB’s top three, while the Clemson Tigers and Penn State Nittany Lions were left on the outside looking in. As the fifth-highest rated recruit in the 2021 class with a 247Sports composite rating of .9975, landing a commitment from Williams would be OU’s biggest coup on the recruiting trail (on paper) since signing Adrian Peterson and Rhett Bomar in 2004.
For more on Williams’ experiences throughout his exciting recruiting process, check out his weekly blog as part of Sports Illustrated’s ‘All on the Line’ series.
Now onto this week’s Monday edition of Hot Links! Oklahoma should field one of the most talented squads in 2020, OU’s IT asks that you stay out of his DMs, KD could be back on the floor for the Nets and more!
- Staying on the recruiting trail, on Monday Oklahoma picked up another 2021 verbal commitment in three-star LB Danny Stutsman out of Winter Garden, Fla. Boom!
- Using the 247Sports recruiting rankings, Oklahoma should have one of the 10 most talented rosters in 2020, according to Brad Crawford.
- It’s Finals Week at the University of Oklahoma, and over at SI’s AllSooners, John Hoover recently wrote about the 10 early enrollees and how drastically different their first semester at OU has been compared to the normal progression of the process.
- ESPN’s Bill Connelly writes that the spread offense has completely taken over as the go-to approach for moving the ball and scoring points in college football. Since it began taking shape, Oklahoma has found itself at the cutting edge of its evolution at every turn. From Mike Leach and Kevin Wilson to Lincoln Riley, it’s a mode that’s even redefining the ‘pro-style’ offense.
- After Sunday night’s episodes of ‘The Last Dance’ aired, many people apparently sent their hate mail to Sooners redshirt junior DE Isaiah Thomas, thinking he was the Hall of Fame point guard for the Detroit Pistons. It’s actually kind of hilarious, but c’mon, people. While we’re at it, please note that Orlando Brown Jr. is not the same Orlando Brown who starred in “That’s So Raven”.
People in my DM’s like I was the one beefin with Jordan— Isaiah Thomas (@Isaiah_t55) May 4, 2020
- The older brother of former OU All-American basketball star Stacey King passed away over the weekend due to complications from COVID-19. Sooner Nation’s thoughts are with the King family.
I lost my older brother Lamoyne King yesterday morning to this deadly coronavirus so please take the necessary precautions to protect you & your loved ones. Stay inside, continue to practice social distancing & wear a mask. This disease is REAL people. #staysafe— Stacey King (@Stacey21King) May 3, 2020
- On Sunday evening, a drive-by parade was held in honor of the healthcare professionals at OU Medicine. Oklahomans showed their support for those on the front lines with signs of thanks and appreciation. Amazing work on everyone’s part. Boomer!
Around the Sports World
- If the suspended NBA season does resume at some point during this summer, the Brooklyn Nets could possibly see Kevin Durant on the court for the first time since he signed with the team last July. The former MVP has been sidelined since the 2019 NBA Finals when he ruptured his Achilles tendon.
- The NFL has canceled its two international games scheduled for Mexico City and London in 2020 due to the global coronavirus pandemic.
- The Kansas City Chiefs have signed undrafted free agent rookie QB Shea Patterson to add depth behind Patrick Mahomes and Chad Henne.
- Don Shula — the NFL’s all-time winningest head coach and two-time Super Bowl champion with the Miami Dolphins — passed away on Monday at the age of 90.
The Greatest.— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) May 4, 2020
Thank you for everything, Coach Shula. pic.twitter.com/7eXY4ZOKn6
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