One player doesn’t make a recruiting class, but Jackson Arnold is a big reason this recruiting class is such a success. Committing early and staying true to his commitment to the Sooners after Brent Venables and Jeff Lebby arrived allowed the coaching staff to spend valuable time and resources working on other positions. They didn’t have to worry if their star quarterback prospect was going to flip, and they could count on him to help recruit as well.
That, along with what he can do on the football field, made this signing all the more sweet. Instead of ending up like Oregon, which watched Dante Moore flip to UCLA or Baylor that saw Austin Novosad get poached by the Ducks in the closing weeks, the Sooners never had to worry about their quarterback. Even after the year Jackson Arnold had, which saw him rise into the top 10 in the 247Sports composite, according to Brent Venables, “he never wavered.”