Formerly regarded as ‘losers’ from transfer portal

Over the years, the transfer portal has become a weapon for the Oklahoma Sooners.

Under Lincoln Riley, the Sooners landed quarterbacks who went on to become top picks in the NFL draft. While they are still the beneficiaries of the portal, the Sooners have seen some of their offseason talent walk out with Riley’s departure.

The Sooners lost double-digit starters to the NFL draft and transfer portal. Although Brent Venables and his staff have bounced back forcefully through the portal, some still view it as a net loss. Bleacher Report had this to say about the Sooners in a piece outlining the winners and losers of the transfer Portal:

Lincoln Riley’s departure to USC sparked both the recruiting class and a wave of transfers.

Along with the flight from Haselwood to Arkansas, breakout quarterback Caleb Williams entered the portal. While it is still possible that he will return to Oklahoma, the most likely outcome is that he will play elsewhere in 2022. Although OU wiped out UCF transfer Dillon Gabriel from UCLA, Williams would be a significant loss.

And that’s just the beginning.

Former starting QB Spencer Rattler and tight end Austin Stogner both left for South Carolina. Long-term safety Patrick Fields went to Stanford, and two promising freshmen—widespread Mario Williams (USC) and cornerback Latrell McCutchin (undecided)—decided to transfer as well.

Oklahoma picked up a number of impact transfers, including Cal guard McKade Mettauer, Hawaii D-lineman Jonah La’ulu and Appalachian State linebacker TD Roof. But that’s a long list of important starting points. – David Kenyon, Bleker Report

The loss of Rattler, who was on his way to the transfer portal just as Caleb Williams showed what he could do against Texas, is hardly a blow. Not because Rattler isn’t talented, but because there was no chance he would stay as long as Williams was here. At the moment we are still waiting for news about Williams’ next destination. The odd-on favorite is USC, but LSU is also reportedly in the mix for the former Sooners starting quarterback. To soften the blow, the Sooners added Dillon Gabriel to the quarterback depth map immediately after Williams entered his name into the portal and they are still in the mix ahead of Jaxson Dart.

Defensively, the Sooners lost a few defensive defenders, but they brought in equally experienced and prolific defenders: UNC transferred Trey Morrison, Wyoming’s CJ Coldon and Louisville’s Kani Walker to replace them. Only time will tell how well they perform for the Oklahoma Sooners. They also brought in defensive linemen Jonah La’ulu and Jeffrey Johnson to bolster a defensive front that Perrion Winfrey, Isaiah Thomas and Nik Bonitto lost in the NFL draw.

Ultimately, the Sooners will not know how this transfer portal is treating them until the pending decisions of Jaxson Dart and Caleb Williams are announced. It’s likely Williams is gone, but Dart combined with Dillon makes the losses on the attacking side of the ball much more manageable.

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