NORMAN, Okla. — A little extra stuffing, cranberry sauce and turkey never hurt anyone.
But for Oklahoma fans, Reggie Grimes' decision might have put Thanksgiving indulgence over the edge. The four-star defensive end picked the Sooners despite scholarship offers from Alabama, LSU, Clemson and a host of others Thursday.
The 6-foot-5, 240-pound native of Brentwood, Tennessee, is the No. 42-ranked player in the 2020 class, according to Rivals, and is now OU's highest-ranked defensive commitment. He's OU's 19th pledge overall.
Players may begin signing Dec. 18.
Grimes told Rivals.com that Alex Grinch's "Speed D" appealed to him. Until his visit last month, he knew little about OU outside of the Sooner Schooner — which he happened to witness crash in person when the wagon tipped over during a game against West Virginia.
"They call it the speed defense and they said it was tailor made for guys like me," Grimes told Rivals.com. "As far as I'm concerned those coaches aren't going anywhere anytime soon. So as far as me going there is concerned I could see an opportunity to play."
OU's only other defensive end commitment from the 2020 class is three-star Webster Groves, Missouri prospect Noah Arinze. But the Sooners received an elite commitment from defensive tackle Perrion Winfrey in June.
Palmateer is sports editor for The Norman Transcript, a CNHI News Service publication.