American Heritage star Brandon Inniss decommits from Oklahoma after Lincoln Riley’s departure

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The ripple effects of from Oklahoma Sooners coach Lincoln Riley leaving the Sooners to take the USC job stretched all the way to Broward County.

American Heritage star wide receiver Brandon Inniss decommitted from Oklahoma on Sunday night, announcing his decision on Twitter a few hours after the news of Riley’s departure broke.

“I’m grateful for all that God has blessed me with,” Inniss wrote. “After a long talk with my family, I have decided to recommit from the University of Oklahoma and open up my recruitment to all schools!”

Inniss originally committed to the Sooners on Aug. 22, choosing Oklahoma over Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Miami and Ohio State.

When he committed, he cited a close relationship with Riley, who coached Oklahoma for five seasons, and assistant coach Dennis Simmons.

“The coaching staff is just amazing,” he said in August.

But Yahoo Sports reporter Pete Thamel broke the news that Riley would leave Oklahoma for the Trojans on Sunday afternoon, and USC announced Riley’s hire Sunday night.

Inniss was one of three prospects to decommit from Oklahoma, along with five-star junior quarterback Malachi Nelson and four-star 2023 running back Treyaun Webb.

Inniss is rated a five-star prospect in 247Sports’ composite ranking, and he is listed as the No. 1 wide receiver and No. 9 player in the 2023 class. He was a Sun Sentinel Super 11 pick entering this season and a first-team All-County selection as a sophomore. He also accepted an invitation to play in the 2023 All-American Bowl.

Although he is the top wide receiver in his class, Inniss spent most of his junior year playing quarterback after Patriots starter Blake Murphy suffered a season-ending injury against St. Thomas Aquinas on Sept. 10.

Inniss finished the season with 604 passing yards and seven passing touchdowns, completing 42 percent of his passes. He ran for 308 yards and two touchdowns on 44 carries. At wide receiver, Inniss had 17 catches for 341 yards and two touchdowns.

“He’s a selfless guy,” American Heritage coach Patrick Surtain said after Inniss and the Patriots beat Cardinal Gibbons on Oct. 1.. “He said, ‘Coach, I want to do it.’ [Not] like, ‘Oh, I’m going to Oklahoma. I’m the No. 1 receiver in the country. No, I’m staying at receiver.’ He said, ‘Coach, whatever I’ve got to do for the team, I’m here for.’ He relished that role. He got it and studied. He called me at late hours, ‘Coach, what do I do on this and that?’ That’s what kind of football player he is, and that’s what kind of person he is.”

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