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Oklahoma’s big win over the Cowboys in the Big 12 Championship game came with some much needed recruiting momentum. The Sooners played host to around 40 recruits the weekend of the game, one of which was JUCO wide receiver, Marquise Brown. This wasn’t the first time Brown has seen the Sooners in action. The electric wide receiver was in Morgantown on an official visit when Oklahoma dominated the Mountianeers in the snow.
— Marquise Brown (@Primetime_jet) December 12, 2016
Brown (5’11, 170 lbs.) is a 4-star and ranks 2nd at his among JUCO wide receivers. He becomes the 22nd commitment in Oklahoma’s talented 2017 class. The 2017 class is currently ranked 3rd nationally by Rivals and 4th by 247Sports.
The Sooners’ 2017 class is loaded with talent at wide receiver with Lamb, Rambo, and Calcaterra — but none may be as important right now as Marquise Brown. Why? Dede Westbrook’s eligibility is up after this season and Oklahoma’s second-leading receiver, Joe Mixon has yet to say if he will be returning or heading to the NFL next season. That leaves Mark Andrews and Nick Basquine as Oklahoma’s top-two returning receivers next fall. Enter Marquise Brown, a lightning fast receiver who’s style is of play is eerily similar to former Sooner, Jalen Saunders albeit with more wiggle.
Brown’s experience alone should lend him an opportunity to play immideately, add in his level of athleticism and Oklahoma may have it’s next big playmaker. As a route runner, Brown is home run threat when comes to the deep routes. Some things that standout on film: his initial burst off the line, soft hands, and ability to catch the tough balls. These are only a few reasons why you’ve seen Brown shoot up the rankings in the past couple months. After the catch, Brown’s speed and elusiveness allow him to weave through traffic, much like the above mention Jalen Saunders.
The Sooners also have a need for someone to step up on special teams. Again, it is not confirmed whether Joe Mixon plans to stay for the 2017 season. That leaves the Sooners with one option in soon-to-be sophomore, Mykel Jones. Brown would be big, if only for his ability as a returner. If you need evidence, watch the film embedded above.
This may be Oklahoma’s best pickup to date seeing that many of Oklahoma’s key players will or could return for another run at the title. The Sooners have talent the wide receive position, but it is young and mostly unproven. With the addition of Marquise Brown, Oklahoma gets the immediate experience they’ll need going into 2017 as well as a guy that has the potential to be the next guy up behind Dede Westbrook.