Oklahoma Sooners news and notes: Oklahoma defensive back arrested, Wide receiver facing misdemeanor, and more

The Oklahoma football program hasn't had a smooth offseason in Norman with two players already arrested and a third potentially facing charges after being named in a nightclub incident.
OU head coach Brent Venables
OU head coach Brent Venables / NATHAN J. FISH/THE OKLAHOMAN / USA TODAY

Former four-star defensive back Makari Vickers was arrested by the Oklahoma University Police Department on Wednesday. Vickers was reportedly booked into Cleveland County Jail, but no further details about the arrest or the incident have surfaced. 

As a sophomore last season, Vickers played 61 total snaps with 48 coming at cornerback. His season high of 20 snaps came in Week 3 against Tulsa and he was featured on defense against Oklahoma State in Week 10, playing 15 snaps. 

Deion Burks facing three misdemeanor counts

Purdue transfer wide receiver Deion Burks figures to feature heavily in Oklahoma’s offense, potentially emerging as the favorite target of sophomore quarterback Jackson Arnold. However, he is currently facing three misdemeanor charges from earlier this month. 

Back on June 1, Burks was arrested at around 2:40 a.m. after he was observed speeding, found under the influence of alcohol, and transporting an open container of alcohol. He was booked into Cleveland County Jail. 

Though occurring within a few days of each other, Vickers’ and Burks’ arrests appear to be unrelated. However, there is a third alleged incident involving an OU football player from the Sin City nightclub, the same club Burks was leaving when he was arrested. The player has not yet been named and no arrest has been made. 

More: Sooners a finalist for 4-star offensive lineman

In more positive news, Brent Venables continues to dominate the recruiting trail. He’s locked in a Bedlam battle for a four-star defensive end and now his Sooners are being named a top 4 finalist for four-star offensive lineman Darius Afalava. 

Afalava is considered the top player in the State of Utah and Oklahoma was named with Michigan State, Washington, and Utah. 

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