OU football: Chandler Morris announces commitment to Sooners
NORMAN — When Lincoln Riley answered questions about OU’s quarterback future Sunday morning in Atlanta before heading back to Oklahoma, Riley knew something he couldn’t yet mention.
That revelation came Thursday when Chandler Morris, a three-star prospect from Dallas Highland Park, announced that not only was he committed to the Sooners, but that he’d signed a letter of intent last month.
Morris made his announcement at the Under Armour All-American Game in Orlando.
He is the son of former Arkansas head coach and current Auburn offensive coordinator Chad Morris.
Chandler Morris had committed to the Razorbacks over the summer but decommitted after his father was fired in Fayetteville.
Chandler Morris considered Auburn after his father was hired there but in the end, the lure of playing for Riley and the Sooners was too much to pass up.
“Just the relationship Coach Riley and I have,” Morris said on the ESPN broadcast after he made his decision public. “He kept a relationship with me the whole time during this recruiting process. He’s a man of his word.”
Morris (5-foot-10, 172 pounds) was 27-2 as a starter the last two seasons, throwing for 7,694 yards and 88 touchdowns. He’s a dual threat also, rushing for 1,286 yards and 37 scores.
He helped his team to a state title as a junior, throwing for 4,036 yards and 46 touchdowns with just six interceptions. Morris also ran for 651 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2018, capping that season by earning state title game MVP honors.
While Morris had been signed for a couple weeks, the timing of the announcement worked out well for OU. Five-star prospect Brock Vandagriff, who is the top quarterback in the 2021 class, announced Wednesday that he had reopened his recruitment after committing to the Sooners over the summer.
Morris is the No. 17 dual-threat quarterback in the 2020 class and the No. 51 player in Texas, according to Rivals.
He's likely to redshirt next season with OU barring a change in the roster at the position or injury.
Spencer Rattler, who redshirted this season as a freshman, and redshirt sophomore-to-be Tanner Mordecai are expected to compete for the starting spot after the departure of Jalen Hurts.