Sooner football lands former Washington Huskie offensive lineman

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Oklahoma football offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh has added another experienced offensive lineman for 2024 through the transfer portal.

Former Washington Huskies offensive lineman Geirean Hatchett committed on Monday to play at Oklahoma next season. The 6-foot, 4-inch, 303-pound O-lineman is the fourth player Bedenbaugh has obtained this offseason from the portal. And it comes at a very beneficial time for the Sooners.

Oklahoma losses all five offensive line starters from the 2023 season. The Sooners do return part-time starter Jacob Sexton. In addition to the four veteran transfers, five members of OU's 2024 recruiting class are offensive line prospects.

Hatchett, who did not announce until last Thursday that he was entering the transfer portal, played in 25 games over the last two seasons, including eight this past season. He missed several games late in the 2023 season with an injury.

He started four games at right offensive guard in 2023 for a Washington offensive line that won the Joe Moore Award as the most outstanding offensive line in Division I college football.

Bedenbaugh was well aware of Hatchett, having recruited him in the 2020 recruiting cycle along with a host of other major programs. Among the other schools pursuing him at the time were Alabama, LSU, Ohio State, Michigan, Oregon, Tennessee and Texas A&M.

Hatchett was rated as four stars coming out of high school in Ferndale, Washington, and was ranked as the No. 8 guard and the No. 247 player overall in the 2020 class nationally, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He has a younger brother, Landon, who also played at Washington. Landon has also entered the portal, but the latest reports are he may return to Washington.

Hatchett becomes the 11th transfer portal addition to the 2024 Oklahoma roster. He will have two years of eligibilty remaining.