Starrland Baldwin Jr. (© Greg Powers)

A 'Starr'land is born: Starrland Baldwin commits to OU

OU back on the board with the commitment from Starrland Baldwin.

A "Starr" has been on the horizon for a while for Oklahoma recruiting, and the Sooners have landed another top cornerback for the 2018 class.

Houston Cypress Falls defensive back Starrland Baldwin announced his commitment to the Sooners on Thursday via Twitter.

Baldwin, ranked the No. 41 cornerback in the nation, has been considered an OU favorite for quite some time and was ready to make the official call after releasing a top 12 on Monday evening.

At 5-foot-10 and 160 pounds, what Baldwin possesses is that game-changing speed at the cornerback spot. It was Baldwin’s performance at The Opening regional in Houston on Super Bowl Sunday that opened a lot of eyes.

No doubt defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks was among them. Cooks invited Baldwin to campus for junior day three months ago, and Baldwin earned his first Power 5 conference offer.

Being first doesn’t always mean you’ll be the team, but Baldwin’s appreciation of OU and his relationship with Cooks never dwindled in the ensuing months.

Baldwin is the fourth defensive back pledge for OU’s #SavageTeam2K18 class, joining Lancaster (Texas) High’s Jordon Austin, Tulsa (Okla.) Union’s Patrick Fields and Deerfield Beach (Fla.) High's Miguel Edwards. The Sooners have seven commits for the class and are building that momentum after a rocky April with Baldwin the latest good news.

Baldwin is from the same high school as OU defensive tackle Du’Vonta Lampkin. Since being offered, it has felt like a countdown of when Baldwin would commit to OU. The clock finally struck zero Thursday.

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