OU football: Four-star recruit Billy Bowman Jr. finds 'the best fit' in committing to Sooners
Four-star recruit Bowman Jr. commits to Sooners
When Billy Bowman Jr. was in kindergarten, OU barely made his top 10.
Luckily for the Sooners, football players don’t sign until years later.
Bowman, a four-star athlete and one of the top high school players in Texas, committed to the Sooners on Sunday night.
“While analyzing my options I’ve found the best fit for me, to help me get to the next level,” Bowman posted, in part, on Twitter.
Way back in kindergarten, according to a picture Bowman’s mother, Keeley, posted on Twitter earlier this year, Billy wrote out his 10 favorite college football teams.
Texas was No. 1, and Bowman was committed to the Longhorns from July 31, 2019 until three days before this year’s Red River Showdown.
He had OU on his list way back then — at No. 10. But the Sooners didn’t even rank then as the top team in the state.
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Right behind the Longhorns, Bowman had East Central University.
Bowman’s father played football and baseball at ECU.
Bowman Sr., who was a defensive end, is now the wide receivers coach at Denton (Texas) Ryan.
Bowman Jr. (5-foot-10, 170 pounds) is a four-star recruit according to Rivals. He’s the No. 34 player nationally in the class, the top player classified as an athlete and the No. 7 player in Texas.
Bowman could wind up on either side of the ball with the Sooners, most likely as either a wide receiver or a cornerback. He also has spent time at running back in high school.
Regardless of what side of the ball he winds up on, Bowman also figures to have a chance as a returner for the Sooners.
Bowman is already at work trying to recruit for the Sooners as well.
He tweeted at several of his Ryan teammates who have OU offers encouraging them to join him with the Sooners.
That group includes four-star 2021 defensive end Ja’Tavion Sanders, who has been committed to the Longhorns for more than a year, as well as four-star 2022 defensive tackle Keithian Alexander, three-star 2022 cornerback Austin Jordan and 2023 inside linebacker Anthony Hill Jr.
With Bowman’s commitment, the Sooners moved up to No. 14 in Rivals’ team recruiting rankings for the 2021 class, tops in the Big 12.
Bowman was one of four Texas commits who have decommitted since August. The Longhorns are currently No. 18 in the team rankings. No other Big 12 team is higher than West Virginia at No. 39.
OU releases latest COVID testing data
The OU athletic department had seven positive COVID-19 tests last week among 561 total tests administered, the school said in a release Monday.
There remain eight active cases in the department — five players across all sports and three among staff.
The numbers represent an uptick in positive tests, up to approximately 1% from 0.5% the week before and 0.2% the week before that.
Stevenson shares player of the week honor
Running back Rhamondre Stevenson was named Big 12 co-Offensive Player of the Week on Monday after scoring three touchdowns in Saturday’s win at Texas Tech.
Stevenson had 13 carries for 87 yards in the 63-28 win in his first action of the season coming off suspension.
He also caught two passes for 13 yards.
Stevenson shared the award with Oklahoma State receiver Tylan Wallace, who had 11 catches for 187 yards and two TDs against Texas.
Riley praises young defenders
Saturday’s 62-28 win at Texas Tech gave Lincoln Riley plenty of opportunity to use young players in the second half.
Monday, Riley praised several of those players, most notably freshman defensive back D.J. Graham.
“Came in and did some good things,” Riley said.
After missing the first three games, Graham has played in the last three.
Riley also was complimentary of several young defensive linemen — including Kori Roberson, Jordan Kelley, Reggie Grimes and Brynden Walker.
Ryan Aber, Staff writer