Oklahoma was all geared up for a major weekend going against Texas in the annual Red River Showdown, but the Sooners received some good news even before the game.
Riviera Beach (Fla.) Suncoast outside linebacker K’Jakyre “Peanut” Daley was ready to put an end to his recruitment and committed to OU last Friday morning.
“I had a feeling,” he said. “I prayed about it. It was a big weekend right before the big game. I decided to do it that day. I was ready to become a Sooner. I called the coaches and they said welcome to the family.”
Daley was offered by OU a while ago, but it felt like during the summer that both sides were going in different directions. It became crystal clear less than two months ago that OU was ready to see exactly how Daley felt about the program.
He was one of many top recruits in Norman for an official visit for Ohio State weekend. The game didn’t go how the Sooners wanted in a 45-24 loss, but Daley said that was the only part of the visit that disappointed.
“The atmosphere was crazy,” Daley said. “I felt like I was at home. Usually I’m uncomfortable being that far away. But when I stepped foot at OU, I fell in love with it. The facilities. The coaches. I see myself in the crimson and cream.”
Daley is one of those tweeners who can be an edge rusher in a 4-3 defensive front or the outside backer in a 3-4, which is obviously what OU is using right now. Daley said he can play standing up or with his hand in the dirt, really doesn’t matter.
Daley becomes OU’s first commit from the state of Florida for this cycle. The Sooners were offer No. 4 for Daley, but for reasons he couldn’t fully explain, Daley said he has been Boomer Sooner for a long time with Oklahoma constantly on the brain.
It’s clear what OU sees in him. Daley said Mike Stoops mentioned Eric Striker, which makes sense even beyond the Florida connection. Daley is a bigger version of Striker, and Daley said the coaches love his passion for the game.
Despite the incredibly positive visit to Norman, Daley waited a while. He even had a visit lined up with Wisconsin for this month before deciding it was time to shut it down.
“It was time to go home,” Daley said. “Mike Stoops said recruiting is like marrying somebody. You don’t want to see them with anybody else. It was time to be faithful.”
Daley is one of the few (at least it feels like) that won’t be a mid-year enrollee for the Sooners. He said his school doesn’t allow that option so he’ll be ready to hit Norman in the summer. That still plenty of months down the road, but he’s already anxious.
“I just have to thank God for all of this,” Daley said. “This is a happy ending, for sure, and it’s all Boomer Sooner from here.”
Daley has been a very active recruiter for the Sooners on social media in the last week with the logic of making sure he’s playing with the best of the best as well.
Of course he couldn’t be in Dallas last week, but he did watch the game with one of his friends, a diehard Texas fan. Safe to say it was a good Saturday for Daley.
“It was Horns Down all day. It was a lot of fun,” Daley said.
Daley is OU’s third outside linebacker commit for the class. It remains to be seen if the Sooners will go after K’Lavon Chaisson at this point, but you know even if Chaisson goes elsewhere or if OU decides to give up the pursuit, the Sooners are sitting pretty with Daley, Kenneth Murray and Addison Gumbs.