Hot Links: Sooners now with two top-5 running backs in 2022

June 22, 2021
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Sawchuk joins Raleek Brown in Oklahoma’s promising 2022 class.

Happy Tuesday, friends and fans!

Following the epic ChampU BBQ recruiting event over the weekend, the Oklahoma Sooners have landed the verbal commitment of 2022 four-star RB Gavin Sawchuk. The Littleton, Colorado product has chosen to pledge to OU over Ohio State, Notre Dame and USC. He also holds offers from Alabama, Stanford and many others. Here’s a bit more on Sawchuk in Kamiar’s post.

According to 247 Sports’ Composite system, Sawchuk is rated as the No. 1 player in the state of Colorado, as well as the nation’s No. 2 running back. With four-star Raleek Brown already committed, Oklahoma now lays claim to two of the top four RBs in the 2022 class.

At 5’11, 185, Sawchuk possesses elite body control, routinely showing the capability to shed defenders mid-sprint. He also has great speed, which makes him a home-run threat if given any amount of space. Even though he’s not a massive back, he’s definitely not afraid to run between the tackles, and judging by his offer sheet, he has the IQ to adapt his skills to just about any offense he’s running in. Fortunately, Lincoln Riley and DeMarco Murray should be some of his closest teachers at the next level, and that has the makings for one heck of a collegiate career.

Now onto today’s Hot Links! The ChampU BBQ goes off without a hitch, a Sooner softball signee earns a national award, the NBA Draft Lottery tips-off tonight and more!

OU Links

  • Some famous faces were back in town for Oklahoma’s ChampU BBQ, including Lane Johnson, Trent Williams, Adrian Peterson, and 2008 Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford!
  • 2022 four-star EDGE rusher Kenyatta Jackson was also in Norman this weekend. Here you can see him with several former Sooner stars like 2018 Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray, Sterling Shepard, Dede Westbrook, Kenneth ‘K9’ Murray, Marquise ‘Hollywood’ Brown, CeeDee Lamb and Jalen Hurts.

  • 2022 three-star TE Kaden Helms was also in attendance for the epic recruiting event. Here he is with some of the aforementioned Sooners. I spy Blake Bell as well!

  • For more on the nearly 50 recruits in attendance, as well as a rundown of the who’s-who of OU stars, check out Jason Kersey’s write up of the wild weekend that was. Just a heads up, you will need a subscription to The Athletic to enjoy the article in its entirety.

  • High school softball prospect and OU signee Jordyn Bahl is widely regarded as the nation’s top player in the 2022 class. Recently, she was named the 2020-21 Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year. This makes it twice in two years that Patty Gasso is welcoming the recipient of this award into her club, with outfielder Jayda Coleman claiming the honor last year before she officially joined the Sooners. Congratulations, Jordyn!

Around the Sports World

  • On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of collegiate student-athletes seeking unlimited benefits tied to education. The landmark ruling not only enhances the players’ ability to earn compensation, it also severely diminishes the NCAA’s power.
  • Las Vegas Raiders D-lineman Carl Nassib recently came out as gay, making him the first active NFL player to do so in league history.
  • After retiring from football in 2019, Eli Manning is officially rejoining the New York Giants in an off-field, fan engagement role. Additionally, he’ll also help with organizational initiatives in relation to business development, marketing and more. Good for him!

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