When Hempstead defensive back Delarrin Turner-Yell decommitted from Baylor back on August 17th, I (not so subtly) hinted that Oklahoma’s newfound involvement in his recruitment may have played a big role in the decommitment. Nine days after reneging on his commitment to Matt Rhule and Baylor, Turner-Yell found a new home yesterday, when he announced his commitment to Lincoln Riley and Oklahoma, via his twitter account, much to the delight of the extremely social media active head coach. In the Big 12, and in all major college football, there will always be a danger for all non-blue blood schools that their recruits could get scooped up by the programs at the top, and ultimately, while it may hurt for Baylor, that’s how college football works, and that’s what happened here.
— Troubleman (@dtturner11) August 26, 2017
THE TURNER-YELL FILE
Turner-Yell is the 18th member of Oklahoma’s 2018 recruiting class, a class that sits in the 247sports top 10, and second in the Big 12, behind arch-rival Tom Herman and Texas. He’s the fifth defensive back, and the third safety in the Sooner class, and he may very well be the final addition to that group in the class, as Lincoln Riley looks to put the finishing touches on the class over the next few months. Turner-Yell joins cornerbacks Miguel Edwards and Starrland Baldwin, and safeties Patrick Fields and Jordon Austin. He’s the eighth recruit in the class from Texas, the only state Oklahoma is recruiting harder than their home state, from which they hold six commitments.
Turner-Yell picked Oklahoma over Fresno State, Houston, Iowa, Louisiana Tech, Baylor, Nebraska, SMU, Texas State, UTSA and Utah. It wouldn’t be a surprise if Texas, or even some SEC and Pac-12 schools give Turner-Yell a call in the near future after this commitment, especially if he has a big senior season, like I expect he will. he’s not a prototypical safety, but there’s obviously a lot to like about his game, hence the offer from Oklahoma.
When he committed in late April, I had this to say about his game, and while I’m waiting to see how he performs this season, I stand by my evaluation:
“He has elite speed, just like the other new commits, and that serves as one of his greatest traits.
Speed isn’t his only asset though, as, despite his 5-foot-10, 157 pound frame, Turner-Yell can absolutely destroy offensive players with his massive hits. He plays running back on offensive for his school, and that aggressiveness translates very nicely to safety, as Turner-Yell frequently blows up plays with massive hits. He’s still got some work to do with his instincts, but he’s got near-elite, if not elite athletic ability, and his physicality make shim a very attractive prospect for Baylor, and for a good chunk of the Big 12.”