Oklahoma earned its first signing day surprise early in the morning when Jeremiah Criddell announced he had signed with the Sooners.
The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Santa Anna, Calif. product is the No. 11-ranked safety in the country and his commitment fills a major need for the Sooners.
Criddell made his announcement live on national television during the ESPN live broadcast of National Early Signing Day. He was previously committed to Oregon and chose the Sooners over the Ducks.
Oklahoma had notable misses on the recruiting trail at the position over the past few months with in-state five-star safety Daxton Hill heading to Michigan and notable high-profile target Jordan Battle picking Alabama over the Sooners.
Criddell continues the pipeline from California to Norman and becomes the Sooners’ No. 5-ranked prospect in the 2019 class (and top-ranked defensive back).
The commitment comes despite the fact the Sooners are still without a permanent defensive coordinator. Oklahoma isn’t expected to make a decision on the long-term future of the position until after the College Football Playoff.
Criddell is currently the 20th commit in the Sooners 2019 class. Oklahoma currently ranks No. 9, according to Rivals.com as they go for a third-straight top 10 recruiting haul.
The National Early Signing Period runs through Friday. Several other players are still yet to announce their commitments throughout the coming days.