NORMAN — A pair of surprises ambushed plenty on the morning of national signing day for Oklahoma. Among those not surprised: the Sooner coaching staff.
Jenks athlete Jarrett Lake orally committed to the Sooners in July and provided little evidence that his eligibility issues would prevent him from signing. Corey Nelson, one of the nation’s top linebackers, reaffirmed his oral commitment to Texas A&M last week.
But on signing day on Wednesday, it was Nelson who pledged a commitment to Oklahoma, while Lake looked elsewhere, landing at Arkansas.
Tuesday evening, Oklahoma defensive coordinator Brent Venables received an oral commitment from Nelson. Coach Bob Stoops, who can’t comment on recruits until they have signed a letter of intent, said Lake and the Sooners mutually parted ways shortly after Christmas.
"Jarrett pursued other options, and we’re glad he did. He’s a wonderful young man, and we really like him and the family,” Stoops said. "It’s just something that needed to work that way for different reasons.”
On Lake’s Facebook page, he’s pictured embracing Venables, flashing a "Down with the Horns” hand gesture and wearing a No. 11 Oklahoma jersey. Eligibility issues forced him to sit out his senior season, forced Jenks to forfeit games and contributed to Trojans coach Allan Trimble’s suspension. Lake withdrew from Jenks and considered a transfer to Tulsa Holland Hall before returning to the Class 6A school.