Five-Star Quarterback De-Commits From Oklahoma After Lincoln Riley Takes USC Job

Oklahoma football is in shambles.

Following the announcement of Lincoln Riley leaving Norman to take the head coaching job at Southern California, five-star quarterback Malachi Nelson announced his recommitment from Oklahoma:

Nelson, a 6’3″, 180-pound quarterback out of Los Alamitos, California, said in his announcement that he’s not opening up his recruitment and just wants “to see how everything transpires.”

Nelson committed to Oklahoma in July. He said one of the things that impacted his decision to join the Sooners was the coaching staff and “their ability to develop the QB position.” 

In addition to Nelson, Oklahoma lost commitments from 2023 5-star wide receiver Brandon Inniss (No. 9 in 247Sports’ composite rating) and 2023 4-star running back Treyaun Webb (No. 96 in 247Sports’ composite rating) on Sunday. Inniss said he was reopening his recruitment, while Webb said his decision to decommit from Oklahoma was “due to the recent changes.” 

As well, 2022 5-star running back Raleek Brown told ESPN on Sunday, before Riley was announced as head coach of the Trojans, that the coach’s decision would impact his recruitment.