NORMAN, Okla. — The Sooners have had a commitment from 2019 Millwood four-star RB Marcus Major since late in June. Since then, OU running backs coach Jay Boulware has been scouring the nation looking for a running back to fit the mold of what the Sooners like to do, and it seems they have found just that in Cerritos College (CA) three-star Rhamondre Stevenson.
With Utah among the select teams in on Stevenson, a stellar sophomore year where he ran for 2,111 yards and 16 touchdowns on 220 carries took his recruiting to another level. The per game stats for Stevenson were even more impressive, with him averaging 191.9 yards a game and 9.5 yards a carry.
With his huge sophomore season came a lot of notoriety and offers from big time schools like Oklahoma, Texas, USC and BYU. Still, only one school really caught his eye and that was the school Stevenson perceives as “RBU,” Oklahoma. Stevenson called OU his “dream school,” but he didn’t end there, saying, “OU was always my top choice, ever since they offered.” The star running back added, “It’s just been a dream school for me since I can remember. The history behind the school, especially at the running back position, is just so impressive.”
The Sooners offered around a month ago, and since that offer a visit was almost assuredly slated to happen before the early NSD. Even with a potential visit on the horizon the JUCO star felt like he should wait until February National Signing Day. That idea, though, was starting to be pushed back by the urge to play at OU, and as his official to Norman drew closer his feeling of wanting to sign in February began to fall further away. So much so that before the visit to OU Stevenson told me,”I may just rely on my gut feeling, but we will see how the visit goes.”
Stevenson showed up to Norman on December 14, and from that point on Stevenson said there was no decision to be made. “The visit was great! My expectations of the visit were high and Coach Riley, Coach Boulware and Coach Drew Hill just blew those away!” He added, “They welcomed me and my family in genuinely.”
It wasn’t just staff or program history that sold the JUCO star on OU. The players seemed to play a huge role as well. “Hanging around the players just made me feel at home,” he said. “They all seemed like they wanted me up in Norman with them and made me feel really comfortable with Norman, in general.”
Stevenson really feels like he made the right the decision and thinks the offense he is entering will accentuate his talents even more, “Coach Riley, man…..He’s the GOAT.”
Stevenson makes it 19 commits for the Sooners and helps OU retain a top 10 class coming in at number nine in the 247 Composite Team Rankings.