Oklahoma offers class of 2023 four-star DL Kelby Collins

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It’s turned into a weekend filled with some high-profile campus visits from the likes of USC transfer targets Jaxson Dart and Michael Trigg.

Oklahoma has also already secured a commitment from Tulane defensive tackle transfer Jeffery Johnson.

That doesn’t mean Oklahoma’s coaching staff is taking a break from their pursuit of talented high school players that can help bolster OU’s upcoming recruiting class. The Sooners extended an offer to class of 2023 defensive lineman Kelby Collins.

Collins is a consensus four-star recruit out of Gardendale High School in Gardendale, Ala. Rivals rates Collins as the nation’s No. 31 player in the 2023 class and as the No. 6 defensive end.

On3 and ESPN also have Collins inside the nation’s top-100 class of 2023 players. On3 ranks Collins as the country’s 55th-best prospect overall and the No. 8 defensive lineman in the class. Meanwhile, ESPN has Collins as the No. 98 player nationally and No. 9 defensive tackle.

247Sports ranks Collins as the nation’s No. 135 player and No. 18 defensive lineman.

In the On3 consensus rankings, Collins is the country’s 43rd highest-rated player and the No. 9 defensive lineman. 247Sports’ consensus rankings has Collins at No. 71 overall and the No. 10 defensive lineman.

Kelby Collins’ Recruiting Profile

Rating

Stars

Overall

State

Position

247Sports

4

135

10

18

Rivals

4

31

3

6

ESPN

4

98

8

9

247 Composite

4

71

7

10

On3 Recruiting

4

55

8

8

On3 Composite

4

43

7

9

247Sports national recruiting analyst Cooper Petagna wrote this about Collins after a Jan. 13 player evaluation.

Collins possesses the prototypical size and frame to develop into an interior lineman at the next level. Displays good athletic ability and position versatility showing the ability to line up in multiple positions across the defensive line.

Possesses some slight hip and ankle stiffness but overcompensates with an explosive first step, initial quickness, and heavy hands. Has the ability to beat you with speed or power and shows the ability to close space quickly once in the backfield. Can anchor in the run game and also offers a consistent pass rush ability as an interior lineman.

Explosive athlete that has the ability to play the run and the pass. Could grow into a 300-pound plus interior player, but more than likely projects to beginning his career as a three-technique at the next level. Well built player with an ideal frame that will more than likely need one to two years to develop and projects as an impact multi-year starter at a Power Five program at the next level. – Petagna, 247Sports.

Collins also holds offers from programs such as Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Miami, Texas and Texas A&M.

The Sooners currently have a pair of commitments in their 2023 class from four-star Los Alamitos, Calif., wide receiver DeAndre Moore Jr. and from three-star Durango, Colo., interior offensive lineman Joshua Bates.

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