Happy Tuesday, friends and fans!
National Signing Day kicks-off tomorrow for the recruiting class of 2021, but with most of the prospects having already either committed or signed to programs across the nation, much of the focus has already shifted to 2022. Speaking of ‘22, four-star OT Jacob Sexton out of Edmond, Oklahoma recently narrowed his list of possible schools to five, and the Oklahoma Sooners made the cut.
The 6’6, 285-pound Deer Creek product holds offers from the likes of OU, Alabama, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M and many more. Currently, he’s also rated as the Sooner State’s third-best overall prospect behind five-star ATH Gentry Williams and four-star WR commit Talyn Shettron.
Now onto today’s Hot Links! A former Sooner Heisman winner offers praise for Heupel, OU could pull off a signing day flip for the ages, EA Sports is bringing back college football and more!
- After coming up short in Lubbock on Monday, No. 9 Oklahoma has an opportunity to right the ship this Saturday against Iowa State. With starting senior guard Austin Reaves expected to make his return, the Sooners should be able to find more success on the offensive end of the court versus a vulnerable Cyclones squad. Tip-off is scheduled for 11 a.m. CT on ESPN2.
- In case you missed it, sophomore point guard De’Vion Harmon was recently recognized as the Big 12 Player of the Week following his stellar performances against Texas and Alabama.
- 2008 Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford has some glowing remarks for new Tennessee Volunteers head coach Josh Heupel. The two of them accounted for some big numbers back in the day as Sooners.
"He was absolutely critical in my development as a quarterback."— Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) February 2, 2021
High praise from a Heisman winner. pic.twitter.com/B8kPiUCv7E
- Could 2021 five-star RB Camar Wheaton sign with Oklahoma on National Signing Day this Wednesday? In short, it would take a drastic change even with rumors of his indecisiveness. On Dec. 23, the Garland, Texas product verbally committed to Alabama, but he has yet to sign his National Letter of Intent. It was long believed that Camar was a silent Sooner lean, but of course he eventually sided with the Tide. Now, considering ‘Bama is replacing OC Steve Sarkisian, along with the two primary assistants who recruited Wheaton, the door may be open for a last second flip to OU. But again, it’s highly, highly doubtful.
- Redshirt senior H-back Jeremiah Hall shared some words of wisdom when talking about the importance of recognizing and celebrating Black History Month.
Around the Sports World
- On Monday night, the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Atlanta Hawks, 107-99. However, the headlining story of the evening centered around a group of fans who were ultimately removed from their courtside seats after a heated exchange with LeBron James. The ensuing odyssey only took off from there. C’mon, people, just enjoy the game and chill out.
- Former Texas Longhorns national championship winning QB Vince Young has agreed to join the UT Athletic Department as a special assistant to AD Chris Del Conte. I hope it all works out for him.
I see everyone is hearing the news that CDC has me working for our Longhorns. So happy to be able to help him out as well as everyone in the Athletic Department, share my knowledge and experiences, reach out in the community and serve the school I love! You know I Bleed Orange!— Vince Young (@VinceYoung10) February 2, 2021
- The Jacksonville Jaguars have added Brian Schottenheimer to Urban Meyer’s staff to coach quarterbacks as well as coordinate the passing game. With the Jags owning the first overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the former Seattle Seahawks OC could be coaching Clemson Tigers star Trevor Lawrence come training camp.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady recently stated he would consider playing football beyond the age of 45. The future Hall of Fame signal caller will turn 44 before the 2021 NFL season kicks-off.
- College football is coming back to a next-gen console near you! That’s right, EA Sports is officially working on developing its first CFB video game since NCAA ‘14 was released nearly eight years ago. For now, a release date has not been determined, but when it is, both PS5 and Xbox Series X users will be able to experience the long-awaited return of this popular franchise.
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