Following Cameron Rising’s flip to Texas in late April, Lincoln Riley and Bob Stoops were tasked with finding a new quarterback to take his place. Just over a month later, they’ve done that, as Waco standout Tanner Mordecai announced his commitment on twitter just minutes ago. Mordecai was offered in the aftermath of the flip, in early May. Up to that point, he had been thought of as a Baylor lean, but shortly after receiving that offer, it became obvious that Tanner couldn’t turn down the chance to play for Oklahoma.
— Tanner Mordecai (@t_mordecai) June 1, 2017
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Mordecai is the eighth player to join Oklahoma’s 2018 recruiting class, and obviously the only quarterback in the class. For a while, Oklahoma was really struggling on the recruiting path, after losing a few big battles, the Rising flip included, but the Sooners are firmly back on track now, and will look to strike again very soon.
Following Oklahoma’s scholarship offer being extended, Mordecai’s recruitment really blew up. He racked up a ton of offers in the last month, and he now boasts one of the best offer sheets of any quarterback in the 2018 class. His list includes Illinois, Indiana, North Carolina, Kansas State, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Baylor, Georgia and Texas Tech. However, none of those schools have Lincoln Riley, one of the main reasons that Mordecai decided to choose the Sooners. Riley is one of the best in the business when it comes to quarterbacks, and that is certainly not lost on Tanner.
On the field, Tanner still has some growing to do. He put up decent numbers in eight games last season, throwing for 13 touchdowns, five interceptions, and 1716 yards. He also can make plays with his legs, as he ran for 517 yards and an additional eight scores on the ground last year. I’ve seen him compared to Baker Mayfield, a comparison that, while a little premature, is certainly fair in terms of play style. Mordecai has a strong arm, and just seems to make plays whenever his team needs him to. His decision-making needs help, but that will come with experience. He has a high ceiling, and pairing that potential with Lincoln Riley could result in Mordecai starring in Norman. His ceiling comparison is Andrew Luck.