A Major Recruiting Battle: Oklahoma Lands DB Makari Vickers Over Alabama, Michigan
A Major Recruiting Battle: Oklahoma Lands DB Makari Vickers Over Alabama, Michigan: In 2023, three defensive backs from the Florida high school were recruited by OU. They were Makari Vickers, who committed, in addition to two defensive linemen from Florida and Silas Anderson from Washington DC.
Vickers, measuring six feet tall and 180 pounds, is a 4-star recruit both by 247 Sports and Rivals. In the Composite Ranking, he is the 85th overall prospect in the country. He is rated as the 6th best safety in America by 247 Sports ranking
Vickers has a versatile set of skills that have seen him used both on offense and the defense. On attack, his speed allows him to cover ground quickly, while tackling opposing ballcarriers. His big plays on defense include coming down with the football, over wide receivers and stepping up into running plays and level opposing ballcarriers.
On June 3, Vickers officially visited for the “Party at the Palace” recruiting event before committing himself to the Sooners.
Vickers Oklahoma is Venables’ 22nd commitment for the 2023 recruiting cycle, marking a competitive win for Venables before he has even competed in the first game of his tenure in Norman.
The new coaching staff has brought balance with their commitment of 10 defensive players, with the number one ranking in the Big 12 conference. Oklahoma is predicted to have a top ten defense.
Vickers is joining fellow cornerbacks Jacobe Johnson and Jasaiah Wagoner in this recruiting class, as well as defensive linemen P.J. Adebawore, Colton Vasek and Derrick LeBlanc, and linebacker Samuel Omosigho, Lewis Carter and Phil Picciotti, and athlete Kaleb Spencer.
Oklahoma is adding a talented defensive back to the current class by capturing a commitment from the fourth verbal from Florida in the 2023 class.
Oklahoma hasn’t finished recruiting either, as they are chasing after the commitment of individuals such as David Hicks, Jordan Renaud and Tausili Akana. The additions to a talented class would round out the impressive 13-man haul from head coach Lincoln Riley in his first full recruiting period with OU.