There were three major quarterback recruits on the transfer market in the 2016 offseason – Kyler Murray, Kyle Allen and Will Grier.
Oklahoma’s football program was interested in all three quarterbacks, but ultimately ended up making the major push for Murray, who committed to the Sooners in early 2016.
Bob Stoops was leading the Sooners’ program at the time, but it was apparently Lincoln Riley who made sure OU made the push for Murray.
Riley revealed that he told Stoops he thought Murray could win the Heisman Trophy if they got him to Norman, Okla.
“I like the other two but if Kyler comes here, he’s going to win the Heisman,” he told Stoops.
Lincoln Riley says when #Sooners coaching staff was evaluating transfer market between Kyle Allen, Will Grier and Kyler Murray, Bob Stoops asked Riley after watching film of all three what he thought. “I like the other two but if Kyler comes here, he’s going to win the Heisman.”
— Ryan Aber (@ryaber) December 10, 2018
Both Riley and Stoops were in New York on Saturday night to watch Murray accept the 2018 Heisman Trophy award.
Oklahoma will now move on to the College Football Playoff, where No. 1 Alabama awaits.