Happy Tuesday, friends and fans!
Pro Football Focus recently named Oklahoma Sooners redshirt sophomore QB Spencer Rattler college football’s No. 1 overall player entering the 2021 season. To see PFF’s top-50 list in its entirety, click here or check out the link in the tweet below.
In addition to Rattler being selected as the top player in college football, two other Sooners also made the cut in PFF’s preseason player ranking. Redshirt junior EDGE Nik Bonitto checks in at No. 4 and redshirt junior RB Kennedy Brooks also makes an appearance at No. 42.
At this point, I think it’s safe to say that Spencer Rattler has the nation’s biggest microscope on his back entering the 2021 season. He leads virtually all preseason Heisman Trophy watch lists, and he’s the early favorite to become the first QB taken in the 2022 NFL Draft (if not the first overall pick altogether). Fortunately for OU fans, they’ll get see him wearing that Crimson & Cream for at least one more run at a championship before he sets his sights squarely on the league.
Now onto today’s Hot Links! Recruiting heats up in Oklahoma, some familiar names and faces are set to go for gold in this year’s Olympic Games, the Jags ink No. 1 T-Law to a hefty rookie deal and more!
- On Tuesday, Oklahoma gymnast Anastasia Webb was named Big 12 Female Athlete of the Year by the conference. It’s the 14th time a Sooner (male or female) has been recognized as the league’s top player in a given year.
- Sporting News recently named Spencer Rattler and Nik Bonitto Preseason First Team All-Americans. The national publication also recognized sophomore WR Marvin Mims among its list of Second Team All-Americans.
- Oklahoma Football just had one heck of a weekend on the recruiting trail. In total, the program welcomed the addition of four verbal commitments. Sooner Scoop’s Bob Przybylo has more on each of the pledges as well as what this could mean for the 2022 class going forward.
- Speaking of which, four-star 2022 offensive lineman Jake Taylor will be announcing his commitment on Wednesday.
- In other recruiting news, 2022 three-star DL Jadon Scarlett out of Flower Mound, Texas recently unveiled his top three schools, and OU made the cut along with Texas A&M and Missouri.
(In no particular order) Almost time to bring things to a close on my recruitment. Thank you to all the other schools that have been recruiting me, but these are the schools I feel I can thrive at. @Coach_TPrice @CoachJFrank @CoachThibbs #GigEm #NewZOU #BoomerSooner pic.twitter.com/4C3xUoRksq— Jadon Scarlett (@jadon_scarlett) July 5, 2021
- When you look at some of the prospects Oklahoma is beginning to pick up on the defensive side of the ball, it’s apparent that DC Alex Grinch’s approach to recruiting is paying off in a big way. Sooners Wire’s John Williams has more.
- As members of the Mexico National Softball Team, former Sooners Sydney Romero and Nicole Mendes are headed to Tokyo, Japan for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. Good luck, ladies! Boomer!
Around the Sports World
- Game One of the 2021 NBA Finals between the Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks tips off tonight at 8 p.m. CT on ABC. It’s not a matchup featuring the two teams most prognosticators predicted to reach this stage when the season started, but these are the two teams who have passed every test they’ve faced up to this point.
BUCKS vs. SUNS— NBA (@NBA) July 6, 2021
▪️ Both teams making their 3rd Finals appearance
▪️ MIL won lone title in 1971
▪️ PHX seeks first championship
The #NBAFinals presented by @YouTubeTV tips off TONIGHT with @Bucks/@Suns Game 1 at 9:00pm/et on ABC! #ThatsGame pic.twitter.com/FRnvA3C6tL
- This week, the Jacksonville Jaguars officially signed QB Trevor Lawrence — the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft — to a four-year, $36.8 million contract.
- In other signing news, the Atlanta Hawks officially removed the interim tag off Nate McMillan’s title and have made him the team’s latest head coach behind a four-year deal.
- Jessica Springsteen — daughter of rock legend Bruce Springsteen — is heading to the Tokyo Olympics as part of the U.S. equestrian team. Sounds like some extremely talented genes, to me.
- On Monday night, the U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Mexico, 4-0 to cap their Send Off Series. Next stop — the Tokyo Summer Olympic Games. I’m looking forward to watching this squad compete for the Gold.
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