NORMAN, Okla. — Oklahoma was approaching one month without much recruiting news, despite the presence of signs. On several different occasions Lincoln Riley had tweeted his signature eyeball emoji, which indicates a verbal commitment.
The news finally got out Thursday when Seth McGowan committed to Oklahoma, giving the Sooners two four-star running backs from the 2020 class.
McGowan, a 6-foot, 215-pound rising senior, chose OU over offers from Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State and Notre Dame among others. His finalists were USC, Texas A&M and Georgia.
He ran for 1,614 yards and 25 touchdowns in 11 games for Poteet (Mesquite, Texas) High School last fall and joins Jace McClellan as OU's second 2020 four-star running back commit. McClellan is from Aledo, Texas, just west of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex; McGowan is from the east side.
McClellan was OU's first 2020 recruit, committing all the way back in July 2017. Now the group has 10 commitments and is ranked 12th nationally by Rivals.
McGowan's commitment came roughly an hour after three-star 2020 athlete Brian Darby (College Station, Texas) pledged to the Sooners. He's projected to play receiver and held offers from Kansas State, TCU and Texas A&M among others.
Darby accounted for 775 yards of offense — 364 rushing, 411 receiving — for A&M Consolidated and totaled 16 TDs (13 rushing, three receiving).
The Sooners also picked up a late addition to their 2019 class earlier this week when former Rejoice Christian (Owasso) star Andrew Crow committed as a walk-on. He rushed for 2,620 yards and 48 total TDs last fall.
He'll be OU's second walk-on from Rejoice Christian joining linebacker Bryan Mead, who's expected to be in the mix for playing time this season.
Palmateer is sports editor for for The Norman Transcript, a CNHI News Service publication.