The Oklahoma Sooners landed their potential quarterback of the future on Tuesday when Austin Kendall joined their 2016 class.
The news came straight from the player himself:
The 6’2”, 205-pound Kendall checks in as a 4-star prospect, per 247Sports’ composite rankings, and is the No. 181-ranked national prospect, the No. 8 pro-style quarterback and the No. 5-ranked prospect from the state of North Carolina.
Given the importance of the quarterback position, it is no surprise that a number of schools were in on Kendall’s recruitment. Oklahoma won out over the likes of Kentucky, Tennessee and Auburn, among others, who were all interested in Kendall at some point in the recruiting process, per his 247Sports profile.
The Sooners had a disappointing loss to Clemson to finish a lackluster 2014 season, but the future looks much brighter thanks to commitments like Kendall’s on the recruitment trail.
Bob Przybylo of Scout.com believes that Kendall is a “huge domino” in the early process for the Sooners’ 2016 class, which is an important one after Oklahoma finished No. 15 in the 2015 class rankings, per 247Sports. Stockpiling quality young depth is the key to sustained success at the college level, which is certainly something Oklahoma is accustomed to under coach Bob Stoops.
That 2015 class did not include a listed quarterback in it on 247Sports, so Kendall will likely have the opportunity to at least compete for playing time early in his college career.
There was a need for more depth at the position, and Kendall has a strong arm and is comfortable making reads in the pocket and then delivering the ball where it needs to be on time.
Oklahoma can make room for someone like that in the backfield.