Oklahoma football: Prized LB recruit Ricky DeBerry finds new home with Sooners


One of Oklahoma’s biggest concerns this season was depth at linebacker, but they may have found one of their answers for the new few years.

Class of 2015 OLB Ricky DeBerry made his commitment to Oklahoma this morning, and he’ll certainly have an opportunity to make an impact early in his career with the Sooners.

A native of Mechanicsville, Virginia, DeBerry is listed as a four-star prospect by Rivals, 24/7, and ESPN; though, Scout gave him a five-star rating.

Regardless of the recruiting service you follow, DeBerry is a huge commitment for OU’s 2015 class.

DeBerry fits the mold of an Eric Striker, and OU is a school that has been after DeBerry for quite some time.

“Oklahoma is a great place. I love it out there. I have a good relationship with the coaching staff. They’ve had a lot of great players come out of there. I feel like it’s a good fit and I can see them having a big run in the next couple years,” said Ricky Deberry, courtesy of Rivals.

DeBerry had an offer from about every major program, including big interest from Alabama, Michigan State, Nebraska, and Virginia Tech.

However, the 6-foot-2, 231 pound linebacker chose to go far from his Virginia home and provide his services for an Oklahoma defense trying to get back to its dominant ways under Mike Stoops.

Ricky DeBerry extends Oklahoma the chance to have an elite pass rusher. It’ll certainly help if Eric Striker decides to stick around and help develop DeBerry in his adjustment to the speed of college football.

Oklahoma’s coaching staff should give themselves a pat on the back for going out and getting DeBerry to pick OU, but the fun of National Signing Day still awaits us in about a month and a half.

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