Jamar Cain leaving the Oklahoma Sooners to follow Lincoln Riley to USC

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  • Lincoln Riley
    Lincoln Riley
    American football player and coach
  • Bruce Feldman
    American racing driver
  • Brent Venables
    Brent Venables
    American football player and coach
  • Alex Grinch
    Alex Grinch
    American football coach

When Lincoln Riley left Oklahoma for the USC Trojans, taking Alex Grinch with him, it seemed inevitable that the Sooners would lose some coaches off of their defensive staff. Now, as they’ve hired a defensive-minded head coach in Brent Venables, the changes have begun.

According to The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman, outside linebacker and defensive end coach Jamar Cain will be joining Riley and Grinch on the west coast.

Feldman mentions in his report that Cain is a great recruiter, but he’s also an excellent coach. Under his tutelage, Ronnie Perkins and Nik Bonitto experienced breakout performances at Oklahoma. Both became two of the most feared edge rushers in all of college football.

Cain’s departure is undoubtedly a loss, and at the same time, one would assume Venables has some guys he’d like to bring in to be on his staff. The question, which we’ll get an answer to in the coming days, is how will this affect the Oklahoma Sooners recruiting classes.

The Sooners already lost the commitment of edge rusher Derrick Moore, who Cain recruited to Oklahoma. Will he cross the country and join Cain at USC? Only time will tell.

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