Alabama swiped a prized 2020 recruit from Oklahoma on Monday.
Drew Sanders, a four-star linebacker who was committed to the Sooners since November 2017, flipped to the Crimson Tide.
The 6-foot-5, 222-pound outside linebacker was originally OU's second commitment from the 2020 class.
• Lamb projected high: CeeDee Lamb respects the work ethic of the eight former Sooners who were drafted last week.
“Baker, Kyler, Rodney … I want to do the things they were doing,” Lamb said. “They had their name out there. They had that ability to live their dream and now they're up there making money which is what I want to do, so why not follow their steps?”
Lamb more than likely will in 2020. He was listed as high as a No. 6 overall pick when publications began releasing way-to-early mock drafts for next season.
Draft Network has Lamb going sixth to the New York Jets. The OU wide receiver is a first-round pick according to Sports Illustrated, CBS, Bleacher Report, 247sports and Sporting News.
Grant Calcaterra is projected by CBS (No. 9) and 247sports (No. 16) as a high selection. Another interesting name popped up in Sporting News’ mock draft: linebacker Kenneth Murray.
No OU defender was drafted last week, marking the first time since 1995.
“Oklahoma's Kenneth Murray is one of the most productive linebackers in college football,” 247sports’ Josh Edwards wrote, “and a clear-cut Day 1 impact guy with his range, tackling ability and power when locking down the gaps between the hashes. Murray needs to prove his speed when testing next spring, but his tape looks ‘first round.’”
• Move over: Sports Illustrated’s Robert Klemko unearthed interesting details from the Arizona Cardinals trade that allowed Kyler Murray to be selected No. 1 overall in last week’s NFL Draft.
Former Cardinals QB Josh Rosen was ultimately dealt to the Miami Dolphins, making room for Murray. But Rosen told Klemko he didn’t know his old team was bringing Murray into the fold until moments before the pick was announced.
“If that’s their position, then I’ll just beat him out and Kyler can be the backup,” Rosen said in the article, referring to his conversations with agent Ryan Williams.
Rosen has been known for fiery comments in the past. He said last year that “nine mistakes” were made before he was picked No. 10 overall, referring to players chosen before him, one being former OU QB Baker Mayfield who went No. 1.
• Raym includes OU in top five: Andrew Raym was serious in May 2018 when saying he’d still consider OU after decommiting from the Sooners.
The 6-foot-4, 287-pound 2020 offensive tackle from Broken Arrow included OU among his top five schools Monday. Georgia, LSU, Michigan and Texas A&M are his other finalists.
Raym, a four-star prospect, is actually ranked as the No. 4 offensive guard in the nation according to the 247sports composite ranking. He’s expected to play the inside spot in college.
After committing to OU in November 2017, Raym re-opened his recruitment last May. He was part of a dominant offensive line that paved the way for Broken Arrow’s 2018 state title.
• Odds, ends for Murray: Murray has 5/2 leading odds to become the NFL offensive rookie of the year next season, according to BetOnline.ag. … The over/under on Murray’s passing yards for 2019 is 3,200. The over/under on his interceptions is at 14 1/2. … Murray has better odds (-300 to +200) to start more games during the regular season.