Oklahoma to host grad transfer prospect; Sooners rated top 10 by ESPN

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Welcome to the Thursday edition of our Oklahoma DieHards morning roundup, where we take you through all the biggest headlines around Oklahoma athletics.

Grad transfer prospect

Oklahoma football could get some big-time help on the offensive line for 2018. Rice tackle graduate transfer Calvin Anderson announced he will take an official visit to Oklahoma this weekend before picking a destination for 2018.

Anderson is considered one of the best offensive lineman in the 2019 NFL Draft class. Last season, he was the only offensive lineman to not allow a single quarterback pressure with at least 128 snaps in pass protection. Anderson is down to Texas, Michigan, Auburn and Oklahoma. If he picks the Sooners, expect him to replace All-American tackle Orlando Brown right away.

Other headlines:

  • DieHards beat writer John Shinn broke down 5 recruits in the 2018 who got away from the Sooners before the signing period, including several prospects who ultimately picked Texas A&M.
  • NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks talked to multiple NFL scouts and executives about quarterback Baker Mayfield’s projection at the next level. Several were high on his potential and saw him as a franchise player. However, Brooks rates Mayfield as a second-round pick.

ESPN high on Sooners

ESPN released its preseason Football Power Index, and Oklahoma ranked well. The Sooners are ranked No. 9 in the country, and tops in the Big 12. Oklahoma is also projected to have the top offense in the nation.

The Sooners have plenty to replace in 2018, with 5-star quarterback transfer Kyler Murray is set to take over behind center. Running back Rodney Anderson is also back. After he took over the starting job, Anderson was arguably the best running back in the nation. By ESPN’s metrics, it’s good enough to be the best offense in the nation.

High jumper

Oklahoma freshman men’s high jumper Vernon Turner earned Big 12 Men’s Track and Field Athlete of the Week, the conference announced on Wednesday. Turner jumped 2.33 meters last weekend to break his own school record.

It’s the first time since 2016 that any Sooner has earned a weekly track and field honor from the Big 12. According to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, Turner’s mark is the best by a freshman and fourth-best in the history of college athletics.

Other headlines:

  • National champion men’s gymnast Yul Moldauer, five Sooners alumni and two signees will compete at the 2018 Winter Cup in Las Vegas. The competition will determine the 12 men who will make the U.S. Men’s National Team for the next six months.
  • Women’s tennis swept North Texas 7-0 Wednesday in Norman. The win pushed Oklahoma to 3-4 on the season.

What they’re saying on Twitter

Linebacker Caleb Kelly

Linebacker Kenneth Murray

Cornerback Creed Humphrey

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