OU football: Three most likely to contribute and three likely to redshirt from Sooners' 2020 class
NORMAN — Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley has plenty of notable holes to fill — at quarterback, receiver and defensive line among the most pressing.
There are several in this year’s signing class that will contribute immediately, but several will wind up redshirting as well.
Let’s look at three additions from the 2020 class who are most likely to contribute and three most likely to redshirt in the fall:
Most likely to contribute
Marvin Mims, Frisco, Texas: The most productive receiver in high school football history has all the tools to contribute immediately and he’ll get a chance with Charleston Rambo being the only big-number receiver the Sooners return for 2020. Mims doesn’t have great size at 6-feet-1 and doesn’t have track speed but his footwork and route running give him a chance to get on the field quickly.
Perrion Winfrey, DT, Iowa Western CC: Oklahoma lost plenty on the interior of the defensive line, most noticeably Neville Gallimore. Winfrey has the talent to stop in and not only play from Day 1 but be one of the top defensive linemen the Sooners have had in recent years. There are questions about Winfrey but talent is not one of them.
Bryson Washington, S, Houston: Washington is the prototype of what Alex Grinch wants in his secondary players with 6-foot-3 height and speed to hang with Big 12 receivers. Safety had a deficit of depth in 2019 so there’s plenty of playing time to be had as Grinch works to implement a rotation there like he did in several different spots during his first season.
Most likely to redshirt
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Joshua Eaton, S, Aldine, Texas: Eaton has the size at 6-feet-2, but he needs to fill out physically. With a large class of defensive backs coming in, some figure to redshirt and Eaton is at the top of the list. He has a chance to grow into being a very good player, but it figures to take some time for him to develop.
Chandler Morris, QB, Dallas: If Morris doesn’t redshirt, something went really wrong for the Sooners — or Tanner Mordecai decided to transfer away late. Spencer Rattler is the heir apparent to Jalen Hurts after Rattler redshirted last season. Morris is a bit of a project at quarterback but has the tools to take a big step forward — it just might not be for another few years.
Noah Nelson, OT, Gilbert, Ariz.: Most, if not all, of the Sooners’ five offensive line signees could be here as OU returns its entire offensive line that started much of last season. Nelson has plenty of promise but needs to add some bulk to his frame before being ready to contribute.