3 wide receivers the Oklahoma Sooners could add via the Transfer Portal

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The last few months at Oklahoma have been bonkers. National signing day is still a month away and they’re enduring the typical roster turnover that comes every offseason. It looks like their coaching staff is coming together with the hiring of Todd Bates and a report that they’re targeting Jay Valai to coach the cornerbacks.

Weighing heavy is the decision from their talented freshmen signal-caller, Caleb Williams. Will he stay in Norman or will he opt for somewhere like UGA, UNC, Notre Dame, or somewhere out west? We have no clue and those were just guesses but what we do know is this: his decision will create a ripple effect across college football.

Directly, in the Sooners’ locker room it could ultimately lead to multiple Oklahoma receivers putting their names into the transfer portal like Mario Williams, Jalil Farooq, and maybe even Marvin Mims.

Mario Williams became close with Caleb Williams during the recruiting cycle and had visions of playing together for several seasons at the University of Oklahoma.

Farooq is from the DMV like Williams, and the two are legitimately close friends and have been for a while now. Mims grew frustrated with his usage last season and may not trust what Dillon Gabriel or Jeffy Lebby’s offense brings to the table.

These are all hypothetical, but plausible when considering how touch-and-go things are as players seek to make sure they are in the best situations to help them succeed.

Let’s play a game though. One where we assume one or two of these names does enter the transfer portal and goes elsewhere? The Sooners would be looking at Theo Wease, Trevon West, Cody Jackson, and Drake Stoops as the wide receiver options after losing Mike Woods (NFL draft) and Jadon Haselwood (Transfer to Arkansas). The 2022 recruiting class is light at wide receiver with Jayden Gibson and Nicholas Anderson the only commitments at this point.

The Oklahoma Sooners could need bodies in a big way.

Assuming they take out their portal membership club card and go shopping, who could they target? Here are a few names from guys who have currently entered the portal.

RJ Sneed, Baylor

RJ Sneed is a guy the Sooners are very familiar with considering he’s been at Baylor since 2017. He was a part of Matt Rhule’s first-class at Baylor and has amassed 133 receptions, 1,564 yards, and 8 touchdowns.

Sneed has already graduated, earning his bachelor’s in health, kinesiology, and leisure studies in August 2020, and will have one more year to play as a grad transfer.

He’s familiar with the conference and Oklahoma is familiar with him if only via scouting. Would he be willing to betray his Bears and stay in the conference? Probably not, but the Sooners shouldn’t care. He’s a tough receiver and on a team that will lack guys that have played in a lot of games, he’s worth a look.

Receiving

Rushing

Scrimmage

Baylor

Big 12

FR

WR

5

5

53

10.6

0

0

0

0

5

53

10.6

0

Baylor

Big 12

SO

WR

2

1

4

4.0

0

0

0

0

1

4

4.0

0

Baylor

Big 12

SO

WR

14

42

437

10.4

3

1

-5

-5.0

0

43

432

10.0

3

Baylor

Big 12

JR

WR

9

39

497

12.7

3

0

0

0

39

497

12.7

3

Baylor

Big 12

SR

WR

13

46

573

12.5

2

2

0

0.0

0

48

573

11.9

2

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Generated 1/4/2022.

Jadon Jackson, Ole Miss

Jadon Jackson knows a particular offensive coordinator for the Sooners very well after spending time with Jeff Lebby while at Ole Miss the last two seasons. While he never flashed much while for the Rebels, Jackson boasts legitimate speed and could help the Sooners offense as a versatile inside and outside wide receiver with some speed.

His knowledge of Lebby’s system gives him aleg up and he gets a fresh start while staying relatively close to his home state of Arkansas.

Receiving

Rushing

Scrimmage

Ole Miss

SEC

FR

WR

4

5

87

17.4

1

0

0

0

5

87

17.4

1

Ole Miss

SEC

SO

WR

2

5

42

8.4

0

0

0

0

5

42

8.4

0

Ole Miss

SEC

SO

WR

2

5

42

8.4

0

0

0

0

5

42

8.4

0

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Generated 1/4/2022.

Taj Harris, Syracuse

Taj Harris is probably the most productive name on this list. He’s certainly had the most productive career.

Harris has started three years at Syracuse as an outside receiver. He finished his tenure at Syracuse fifth in program history with 151 catches and eighth with 1,857 yards. Harris was named an All-ACC wideout in 2020 and also set the Orange rookie records for receptions and receiving yards in 2018 with 40 catches for 565 yards (14.1 avg.) according to Syracuse Football’s team site.

At six foot two, he offers height but also adds a veteran presence to a group that will need it next year. The Sooners will have to act fast as he decommitted from the University of Kentucky in December and other teams will be circling in next.

Rece

Rece

Rece

Rece

Rush

Rush

Rush

Rush

Scri

Scri

Scri

Scri

Syracuse

FR

WR

11

40

565

14.1

3

0

0

0

40

565

14.1

3

Syracuse

SO

WR

11

37

559

15.1

2

2

25

12.5

0

39

584

15.0

2

Syracuse

JR

WR

10

58

733

12.6

5

1

4

4.0

0

59

737

12.5

5

Syracuse

JR

WR

3

16

171

10.7

0

1

0

0.0

0

17

171

10.1

0

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Generated 1/4/2022.

Ultimately, this may not matter if guys like Mims, Mario Williams, and Farooq don’t leave. There’s a compelling argument that they shouldn’t leave even if Caleb Williams does because opportunity abounds for any of these names to find a bigger role in 2022. Apart from Mims, no one really will have a monopoly on targets should they return and compete next year thus making it easier for them to crack the field and be productive.