NORMAN Okla. — The Sooners added another dramatic stamp this afternoon on a day that’s been as good as any in recent recruiting memory. They flipped Arlington (Texas) Bowie three-star athlete Ty DeArman from the Arizona State Sun Devils for their third major addition to the original 19 commits on the opening day of the Early Signing Period.
DeArman is an under-the-radar prospect that has a lot of upside. He’s ranked as the country’s No. 969 overall prospect, No. 73 athlete and No. 124 player in the Lone Star State, with a 0.8547 rating, according to the industry-generated 247 Composite. By 247Sports, he’s the nation’s No. 1,205 overall prospect, No. 104 athlete and No. 142 player in the Lone Star State, with an 84 rating.
He committed to the Sun Devils back on June 18 and never really wavered from that commitment. That is, until the Sooners came calling with an offer, which indicates perhaps this was talked about behind closed doors and very well could have been a long time coming. When they did offer, the 6-foot, 190-pound ATH jumped aboard #NewWave19 as the 22nd signee for a class that’s firmly in the Top 10.
OU also added in four-star safety Jeremiah Criddell, who chose it over Oregon, and four-star defensive end Marcus Stripling, who picked OU over fellow suitors Alabama and Texas A&M. With that, OU ascended from No. 9 at the start of the day to on the doorstep of the Top 5, where it sits less than a point behind Oregon, at No. 6.
“Been an eventful day, but been a great day,” said head coach Lincoln Riley. “I don’t know [of] in all the years recruiting—we were talking [while] driving over to the practice field that if we’ve ever honestly had a day like this where, you know, so many things went in our favor. Had a few recruits here that went down to the wire and really, really proud of our staff, our recruiting staff. I want to name them by name, Annie Hanson, Drew Hill, Cole Smith, Zack Hefley, Caroline McMurry and Chip Viney. They’ve been phenomenal throughout this entire process. Our coaching staff did a great job as we’ve tried to manage balancing the getting ready for a playoff game with also obviously some major recruiting events going on, getting out and seeing these guys.
“It’s a very rewarding and gratifying day. I’m so proud of all our guys, the way that they stuck with us. This class was special from the beginning. It started with some great players that decided to jump on early. Like a lot of great classes, this class continued to help us recruit, and it’s been a very unselfish class.”