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The wait is finally over, and after weeks of speculation following the spring game, the Sooners land their latest commitment for the 2023 class in three-star safety/linebacker hybrid Kaleb Spencer. Spencer last visited the Sooner state for the jam-packed spring game, and the environment and atmosphere helped seal the deal.
It didn’t take long for the Sooners to make an impact in their recruitment for Spencer. Kaleb Spencer was not recruited by Oklahoma until early February, when Oklahoma made the offer. The offer came, the visit was set and happened, and less than a month later, Spencer is now a Sooner.
Immediately following the spring game, projections from recruiting services began filing in for the versatile defensive prospect.
Stacked every chip on myself, now it’s time to collect💰
— Kaleb Spencer (@KalebSpencer8) May 9, 2022
Kaleb Spencer‘s fit is an interesting one. He’s listed as a safety on 247Sports, but in a conversation with 247Sports, he’s being recruited by the Sooners’ defensive brain trust to man their “Cheetah” position. The “Cheetah” spot is effectively Venables’ version of a defensive Swiss army knife where they have a player who can line up in coverage, play in the box, and even blitz.
“They are going to move me around, like their ‘Cheetah’ position,” Spencer said when talking to 247Sports. “I will pretty much be playing everywhere; safety, linebacker, down on the line, blitzing.”
With Spencer’s commitment, the flood gates may open for a few more summer commitments for the Sooners. They have a few prospects that are also beginning to wind down their recruitments. Spencer’s commitment also continues Oklahoma’s foray into the southeast.
The Sooners now sit at No. 20 in the 247Sports team rankings for 2023 and are No. 16 in On3’s team ranking, with just five commits in the class thus far. Spencer’s commitment won’t be the last for the defensive backs either, as the Sooners have multiple targets in their sights for the remainder of the recruiting cycle.
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