Which players have committed to Oklahoma football's 2023 recruiting class?

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Here's a look at the players who have committed to OU football's 2023 recruiting class:

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Jackson Arnold, QB, Denton, Texas

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Arnold became the first 2023 commitment under Brent Venables on Jan. 24. Arnold is a four-star prospect according to Rivals and the No. 9 pro-style quarterback in the class. He threw for nearly 4,000 yards during his first season as the starter.

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Joshua Bates, C, Durango, Colo.

Bates is the lone 2023 commit of the Lincoln Riley era to still be committed to the Sooners. Bates, who reaffirmed his commitment shortly after Brent Venables was hired, is a three-star prospect according to Rivals.

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Erik McCarty, RB, McAlester

The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder became OU’s first in-state commit in the 2023 class on Jan. 29. McCarty ran for 2,004 yards and 38 touchdowns with 13 catches for 234 yards and a touchdown as a junior. He also had 104 tackles and 18 pass breakups, three fumble recoveries and an interception defensively and six blocked kicks on special teams.

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Kaleb Spencer, S, Colonial Heights, Va.

After more than three months without a commitment, Spencer became the fourth 2023 player to commit to the Sooners when he pledged in early May. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Spencer is a three-star prospect according to Rivals, which also has him ranked No. 35 at his position in the 2023 class. Spencer could see time at nickel or safety — a position he’s played in high school — at OU.

Keyon Brown, WR, Tallahassee, Fla.

The Rivals three-star prospect chose the Sooners over a group of offers that included Alabama, Auburn, Florida State and Tennessee. Brown (6-foot-3, 187 pounds) committed to the Sooners in early June shortly after visiting for a camp, becoming the first wide receiver commit in the 2023 class for OU.

Kade McIntyre, ATH, Fremont, Neb.

The 6-foot-4, 200-pounder could play on either side of the ball for the Sooners. Defensively, he could slot in at linebacker, or could play tight end offensively. McIntyre chose the Sooners over a group of offers that included Kansas State, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and Tennessee. McIntyre had 63 tackles, 10 for loss, and six sacks defensively and 37 catches for 873 yards and 14 touchdowns last season in helping his team win a state title.

Kalib Hicks, RB, Denton, Texas

The No. 12 all-purpose back in the 2023 class according to Rivals, Hicks chose the Sooners over a group of finalists that included Alabama, Arkansas, Miami and TCU. Hicks’ measurables don’t jump off the page but the production is hard to argue with, as he ran for 1,448 yards and 18 touchdowns last season. The 6-foot-0, 200-pound Hicks’ running style is reminiscent of Kennedy Brooks, who just wrapped up a stellar career with the Sooners.

Heath Ozaeta, OT, Snoquaimie, Wash.

Though the Pacific Northwest hasn’t usually been one of the Sooners’ areas of recruiting focus, Ozaeta was a natural fit for OU since he was born in Oklahoma. The Rivals three-star prospect chose the Sooners over Utah and his other offers included BYU, Cincinnati, UCLA and Stanford. Ozaeta figures to need some time to develop physically, but his athleticism made the 6-foot-5, 265-pounder an attractive prospect for Bill Bedenbaugh and the Sooners.

Samuel Omosigho, LB, Crandall, Texas

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Omosigho could wind up in a number of places, but the Sooners hope wherever he is, he’ll be a major factor defensively. The Rivals three-star prospect has shown the ability to be an effective pass rusher from outside linebacker and have success in coverage as a safety. He could slot in at either position in Brent Venables’ and Ted Roof’s defense, as well as potentially sliding to an inside linebacker spot depending on how he develops physically.

Phil Picciotti, LB, Perkasie, Pa.

Picciotti, who committed on July 4, chose the Sooners after also taking official visits to Michigan, Nebraska and Auburn. The 6-foot-3, 225-pounder looks as if he fits in well as an inside linebacker in Brent Venables’ defensive scheme, though could have some flexibility.

Jaquaize Pettaway, WR, Houston

The Rivals four-star receiver chose the Sooners over Texas after an official visit to Norman swayed him to OU. Pettaway (6-foot-0, 170 pounds) has 105 receptions for 1,798 yards and 16 touchdowns over the last two seasons. He’s also a track standout. Rivals ranks him as the No. 8 receiver and the No. 10 player in the state of Texas in the 2023 class.

Jacobe Johnson, DB/WR, Mustang

The Rivals four-star prospect committed to the Sooners on Aug. 13. The other schools in his top five were Alabama, Michigan, Oklahoma State and Stanford. Johnson, who will likely play on defense in college, had more than 1,000 receiving yards, 13 total touchdowns, 35 tackles and an interception during his junior season. A standout basketball player, he holds an offer from the Sooners in that sport. The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder told The Oklahoman in July he'd like to play both football and basketball at the next level. Johnson is also a star in track and field. As a junior, he placed sixth in the long jump at the Class 6A state meet with a leap of 22 feet, 1 inch. As a sophomore, he placed second with a jump of 22-2½.

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