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Top recruits from across the nation react on Twitter to Lincoln Riley news

Peter Warren11/28/21
Article written by:On3 imagePeter Warren


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USC sent shockwaves through the college football world Sunday when it was reported that Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley would be leaving the Sooners to take the same job in Los Angeles.

Unsurprisingly, the news sent Twitter into a frenzy, and many top 2022 and 2023 recruits tweeted their responses to the news. Most of the posts were no more than a few words, and emoji or a gif — but the posts spoke volumes about each person’s thoughts on the matter.

Here are some of those responses.

2022 Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei four-star wide receiver and Oklahoma commit Raleek Brown

Brown is the No. 55 overall player in the country, according to the On3 Consensus, a complete and equally weighted industry-generated average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies.

He had previously said he was “locked in” to his commitment but had mentioned USC was working to flip him. It looks like that flip may becoming sooner rather than later.

2023 Los Alamitos (Calif.) four-star wide receiver and Oklahoma commit Makai Lemon

Lemon is the No. 43 overall player in the 2023 cycle. He is teammates at Los Alamitos High with five-star quarterback Malachi Nelson and and four-star wideout DeAndre Moore Jr.

The three make up the core of Sooners 2023 recruiting class, which ranks No. 1 in the On3 Consensus Team Recruiting Ranking.

2023 Jacksonville Trinity Christian Academy four-star running back and Oklahoma commit Treyaun Webb

Webb is the No. 128 overall player in the 2023 On3 Consensus. He is the fifth-best running back in the class.

2022 Katy (Texas) four-star wide receiver and Oklahoma commit Nicholas Anderson

Anderson flipped from Oregon to Oklahoma on Nov. 1. He is the No. 197 overall recruit in the 2022 recruiting cycle.

2023 Miami Gardens (Fla.) American Heritage four-star wide receiver and Oklahoma commit Brandon Inniss

Inniss is the No. 21 overall recruit in the 2023 On3 Consensus and second-best wideout in the class.


2022 Atascocita (Texas) Humble four-star offensive lineman Kam Dewberry

Dewberry is the No. 63 overall player in the country. He previously announced a top five of Oklahoma, Texas A&MLSUTexas and Ohio State.

2022 Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita Catholic four-star defensive lineman Hero Kanu

Hero Kanu is the No. 124 overall prospect in the 2022 cycle. Oklahoma is one of his final four finalists with GeorgiaNotre DameOhio State. He said Lincoln Riley is the head coach that has shown him the most love throughout his recruiting process.

2022 Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic four-star safety and USC commit Jaeden Gould

Gould is the highest-rated recruit in the 2022 USC recruiting class. He is the No. 211 overall player in the cycle.

2022 Mission Hills (Calif.) Bishop Alemany four-star cornerback and USC commit Ephesians Prysock

Prysock is the second-best recruit in the 2022 USC recruiting class. He is the No. 246 overall player in the cycle.

2022 Broken Arrow (Okla.) four-star safety and Oklahoma commit Robert Spears-Jennings

Spears-Jennings is the No. 356 overall player in the 2022 cycle.

2023 Tacoma (Wash.) Lincoln four-star defensive lineman Jayden Wayne 

Wayne is the No. 29 overall player in the 2023 cycle and the best player from the state of Washington.

2023 Arlington (Texas) Martin four-star cornerback Javien Toviano

Toviano is the No. 19 overall player and No. 2 cornerback in the 2023 On3 Consensus.

2022 Lubbock (Texas) Lubbock-Cooper four-star linebacker and Oklahoma commit Kobie McKinzie

McKenzie is the No. 181 overall recruit in the country. He has been committed to the Sooners since January 2020.

2023 Durango (Colo.) offensive lineman and Oklahoma commit Joshua Bates