A look at Oklahoma’s 2023 class, with Peyton Bowen in the fold

(Photo: Parker Thune, 247Sports)

School: Fremont (Neb.) Archbishop Bergan

Signing Time: 7:05 am CT

Commitment Date: June 13, 2022

Height: 6’4″

Weight: 210 pounds

247Sports Composite Rating: Three-star (0.8797), No. 600 nationally, No. 40 athletes, No. 3 players in the Cornhusker State

247Sports Rating: Three-star (88), No. 41 athletes, No. 3 players in the Cornhusker State

Recruiting Coach: Joe Jon Finley, Brent Venables

247Sports Eval/Overview: McIntyre is currently regarded as the nation’s No. 40 athletes and No. 600 overall player. At 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds, he’s capable of playing linebacker, wide receiver or tight end at the next level. He’d planned to take official visits with Kansas State and Minnesota later this month, but pulled those trips off the schedule after his experience at Oklahoma. He also held an offer from Nebraska and had been heavily recruited by Wyoming, where his older brother Koa McIntyre signed in the 2022 class as a three-star safety. McIntyre’s high school, Archbishop Bergan, plays football in Nebraska’s C-2 classification. It’s the lowest level of 11-man football in the state, and it’s not often that a C-2 prospect earns a Division I football scholarship—let alone a Power 5 opportunity. The chance to represent Fremont on the biggest stage of college football makes things that much sweeter for McIntyre. — Parker Thune, OUInsider.com

Quotable: “I know a lot of people say it, but it’s the truth—when I got down there and saw that not only the facilities are fantastic and are going to be even better when I get there, but the amazing people that are there , I just got a home feeling. It was the place for me. I told my parents that we could shut down my other visits because I knew this was my place. I hung out with Joe Jon Finley and Ted Roofas well as Coach [Jeff] Lebby. I talked to Venables, and player-wise, my host was Danny Stutsman. But I [still] went to Iowa [on a June 10 official visit], and the people there were fantastic. They were amazing. And I was just like, ‘You know, if there’s something this great and I still feel like OU is the place I want to be, I just know it is.’ So that’s why I made a decision; it just felt like home.”—McIntyre

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School: McAlester (Okla.)

Signing Time: 9:02 am CT

Commitment Date: Jan. 29, 2022

Height: 6’2″

Weight: 180 pounds

247Sports Composite Rating: Three-star (0.8736), No. 736 nationally, No. 53 athletes, No. 10 players in the Sooner State

247Sports Rating: Three-star (87), No. 65 athletes, No. 8 players in the Sooner State

Recruiting Coach: Brandon Hall

247Sports Eval/Overview: Arguably the most versatile and complete football player in the state of Oklahoma, McCarty put together a 2021 junior season that would be absurd by video-game standards. The McAlester star earned district MVP and first-team all-state honors, and was named Prep Redzone’s player of the year across all classifications in Oklahoma. On offense, he racked up 2,004 rushing yards and an eye-popping 40 total touchdowns at running back, and on defense, he logged 104 tackles and 18 pass breakups. But McCarty didn’t stop there; he also made his presence felt on special teams, blocking six kicks. — Parker Thune, OUInsider.com

Notable Accolades: 2022 – Three-phase player with extensive snaps at running back and safety; Also competes in track and field. Ran an 11.66 100 and long jumped 20-3.5 as a sophomore.

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School: Lake Butler (Fla.) Union County

Signing Time: 9:08 am CT

Commitment Date: Dec. 21, 2022

Height: 6’3″

Weight: 265 pounds

247Sports Composite Rating: Three-star (0.8528), No. 1,262 nationally, No. 135 defensive lineman, No. 175 players in the Sunshine State

247Sports Rating: Three-star (85), No. 139 defensive lineman, No. 201 players in the Sunshine State

247Sports Eval/Overview: Every year there are players that go under the radar or your so-called diamond in the rough. That’s exactly what Strong is here. He’s twitchy and has a knack for getting after the quarterback, something he really displayed during his senior season when he racked up 10.5 sacks and averaged five tackles per game. Strong is also a versatile player who took the field on both sides of the ball, end on defense and tackle on offense. He visited just last week and that was plenty enough to seal the deal. — OUInsider.com

Notable Accolades: 2022 – Returned from injury. In the first right games of his senior season, totaled 33 tackles (13 tackles for loss), 7 sacks and 3 FF. Helped Union County secure a berth in Florida’s 1R playoffs. Worked primarily as a 5 and 4-technique in a multi-look front; 2021 – Missed entire junior season with a torn ACL.

Quotable: “Love the versatility of the group. What I really like about all of them, they all can rush the passer. So, they’ve got the instincts and the skill to be able to rush the passer relative to their positions. They’ve got length, size. And then we’ve got the best strength coach in college football Jerry Schmidt and an amazing nutrition program, sport science as well that’s going to give these guys an opportunity to grow into their bodies and their frames and develop into outstanding defensive linemen.” Brent Venableshead coach, on Strong and the rest of the D-line

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