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College Sports: 4-star DB Jeremiah Criddell commits to Oklahoma on ESPN, naturally flashes the ‘Horns Down’

Oklahoma received good news on the defensive side of the ball Wednesday when four-star defensive back Jeremiah Criddell picked the Sooners over Oregon on ESPN.

Criddell is a big-time addition for Oklahoma and could push for playing time at safety as early as 2019. According to 247Sports Composite, Criddell is the No. 124 overall player and the No. 12 safety in this class.

But the Mater Dei High School (Santa Ana, Calif.) product also caught some attention for a gesture he flashed on ESPN — the “Horns Down.” 

Obviously, Criddell was paying attention this fall when the Big 12 decided flashing the “Horns Down” in celebration was worth an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Most notably, West Virginia was flagged for the gesture during its matchup against Texas in Austin back on Nov. 3.

That caused even more controversy ahead of Oklahoma’s matchup with Texas in the Big 12 Championship Game, but it didn’t end up mattering. The Sooners won that game, and no one was flagged for flashing the “Horns Down.”

It is worth noting that Oklahoma commits and signees have been doing these gestures long before Criddell or any of the controversy with West Virginia. Here are a few examples:

With Criddell’s commitment, Oklahoma’s class is ranked No. 8 nationally by 247Sports Composite.

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