Happy Friday, friends and fans!
It’s that time of year! The early enrollees will be arriving to campus this weekend to move into their new digs and officially begin their journeys as students at the University of Oklahoma. It’ll be a great head start for the nine signees to become more acquainted with the playbook, the coaching staff, and the ins and outs of daily life in Norman, Okla.
The newcomers who will be moving in this weekend are as follows: WR Trejan Bridges, JUCO OL Finley Felix, DT Derek Green, WR Jadon Haselwood, DB Jamal Morris, LB Jonathan Perkins, TE Austin Stogner, JUCO DE LaRon Stokes and WR Theo Wease Jr.
What’s especially exciting is the immediate influx of receiving talent. Haselwood, Wease, Bridges and Stogner are four of the top five signees for the Oklahoma Sooners, so spring ball will be especially intriguing to follow with those guys added to the mix.
The one player who could have taken this crop of early enrollees over the top would have been QB Spencer Rattler, but he won’t arrive until the summer, along with the rest of the 2019 class. Still, this is a great group with tons to look forward to. I know I’m just about ready to see what they all can do on Owen Field.
Now onto this week’s Friday edition of Hot Links! Alex Grinch wants his defense to believe they can win, Sooner Softball looks to run roughshod through the Big 12 once again, Hunter Renfrow stealthily brings to light an issue with Alabama’s coaching tactics and more!
- Check out this exceptional piece from ESPN about what makes the decision facing Kyler Murray the toughest one of his career thus far, yet at the same time he can’t go wrong, for whatever he chooses will be his destiny.
- If Murray were to end up an Arizona Cardinal with Kliff Kingsbury, the franchise could quickly become a college football dream in an NFL world. Will it happen? Probably not. Can it happen? We can dream.
- Tulsa World’s Bill Haisten explored Alex Grinch’s mission for the Oklahoma defense, which is to instill a winning mentality. That speaks to the kind of culture Lincoln Riley was looking for in his search for a DC.
- Cody Ford and Marquise Brown both cracked the top 20 in Joe Tansy’s mock 2019 NFL Draft for Bleacher Report.
- News OK’s Joe Mussatto wrote about Oklahoma’s Jamuni McNeace and Kur Kuath getting closer to full strength after dealing with ankle and back issues, respectively.
- Oklahoma softball leads the way in the Big 12 Preseason Coaches Poll for the seventh year in a row, this time by unanimous choice. The Sooners need to replace a lot of talent in the pitcher’s circle, but are stacked with quality depth at every other position. Also, Patty Gasso is still at the helm, and she’s proven to be one of the best — if not the best — in the business. The season gets underway Feb. 8.
- According to Rivals’ Corey Evans, Lon Kruger’s basketball program is hosting an important 2019 prospect this weekend in Anyang Garang. UPDATE: According to Evans, OU has earned a commitment.
— Corey Evans (@coreyevans_10) January 11, 2019
- Britain’s Andy Murray has been a superstar in the world of tennis for quite some time, but in an emotional reveal, he is fearful that his latest injury could force him to retire from competing professionally for good following the Australian Open.
- New Mexico State broke Grand Canyon’s heart with this improbable buzzer-beating shot from beyond half court. That shot was absolutely bonkers.
- Murray State’s Ja Morant is destined to be a lottery pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, and possibly even a top-5 selection. Here’s just one reason why he’s received so much attention. Wow.
- Besides Rocky Balboa, the most iconic character Sylvester Stallone has ever played is John Rambo, the special forces soldier who has zero patience for nonsense in the jungle or forest. Recently, Sly teased the release of the fifth and final installment of the Rambo franchise with this black and white photo from the movie. Rambo: First Blood came out in 1982, and the 37-year saga will be completed this September. I can dig it.
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