Offensive line coach Bill Badenbaugh’s retention was crucial to maintaining the Oklahoma Sooners’ footprint on the recruiting trail. His ability to develop and prepare offensive linemen for the NFL has been demonstrated over the years with Creed Humphrey and the Orlando Brown front and center for the Kansas City Chiefs.
That reputation continues to pay dividends for the Sooners, who landed in the top five for four-star offensive tackle Peyton Kirkland out of Orlando, Fla.
According to On3’s consensus rankings Kirkland, the No. 15 offensive tackle included the Alabama Crimson Tide, Michigan State Spartans, Miami Hurricanes and Florida Gators among his top five schools.
On3’s recruiting prediction machine currently has a 68.5% chance of landing Peyton Kirkland near Florida. The Oklahoma Sooners come in with just a 1.6% chance. While it looks pretty slim at the moment, the Sooners have yet to put Kirkland on campus for an official visit, and that has made a difference with past recruits.
Kirkland will arrive at Norman on June 3, 2022 for his official visit, so don’t sleep on the Oklahoma Sooners in this high-stakes recruiting battle.
Top 5. Final Decision 23 July….🙏🏾❤️ pic.twitter.com/lzD9g6pLba
— Payton “PKAY” Kirkland🐣 (@paytonkirk55) 18 March 2022
Here’s what 247Sports Southeast Recruiting Analyst Andrew Evans had to say about Kirkland:
A large body with some functional athleticism. Owns a wide base. Junior is believed to be coming off season at just under 6-foot-6, 350 pounds. Blessed with some length in arms. Power-based player which is a solid drive blocker. Packs a strong punch and wins Friday nights plenty of times with his upper body as he pushes pushers and runners to the side. Has shown he can reach the second level and find a linebacker if needed. Over the years a different pass set has worked through and is an effective quick move for anyone’s size. However, Pass Blocker’s form should keep improving, especially if he’s tasked with trying to stop the seven players who call the SEC home these days. – Ivins, 247Sports
Peyton Kirkland’s Recruitment Profile
- Introduced on August 26, 2020
- Official visit is scheduled for June 3, 2022
- Michigan State
Peyton Kirkland highlights via Hudley
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