Oklahoma trending for 4-star CB Maliek Hawkins

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Oklahoma is already up to double-digit commitments in the 2025 recruiting class, and the Sooners could be on the verge of adding another.

On Tuesday, SoonerScoop.com recruiting insider Josh McCuisition logged an expert prediction in favor of OU to land four-star Allen (Texas) Frisco Emerson cornerback Maliek Hawkins.

The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder is the younger brother of Sooners 2024 quarterback signee Michael Hawkins, who inked with the Sooners in December.

The younger Hawkins is being pursued by OU, as well as Texas, Mississippi State, Arkansas, Indiana and others. He has been on campus in Norman a number of times as a recruit, and the Sooners would like to add a cornerback to class that currently doesn’t have any committed.

Hawkins is the No. 333 overall prospect in the 2025 class, according to the On3 Industry Ranking, a weighted average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies. He ranks as the nation’s No. 35 cornerback and No. 57 recruit in the Lone Star State.

More on Sooners’ 2025 class

Offense and in-state targets have been the focus early on in the 2025 cycle for OU, with five of their nine commitments hailing from the Sooner State and seven expected to play on offensive at the next level. Co-offensive coordinator Seth Littrell has his quarterback with four-star Kevin Sperry out of the Oklahoma City area. His pledge has helped spur on a string of receiver commitments, led by in-state four-star Elijah Thomas Texas-based three-star Gracen Harris.

The Sooners added another key piece to the puzzle on March 29 with the addition of four-star running back Tory Blaylock, who chose OU over Texas, Ohio State and a number of others.

On the defensive side, the Sooners have three early commitments from in-state linebacker Marcus James, EDGE Alexander Shieldnight and Kansas City-area defensive lineman Ka’Mori Moore.