Malachi Nelson, the No. 2-ranked quarterback in the Class of 2023, announced his commitment to Oklahoma on Sunday night.
The Los Alamitos (Calif.) High School junior chose the Sooners over Alabama, Florida State, LSU, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Southern California.
Despite his proximity to USC — Los Alamitos is about 25 miles south — Nelson chose Lincoln Riley’s Big 12 powerhouse.
“It was just a special place,” Nelson said during his announcement on CBS Sports. “When I finally got on campus, I felt really comfortable with the staff, the environment, just the vibe on campus and the NFL (reputation).”
The 247Sports composite lists Arch Manning, the nephew of Super Bowl-winning QBs Peyton and Eli Manning, as the nation’s top quarterback and No. 1 overall player. His fellow five-star prospect, Nelson, is ranked No. 5 overall.
He’s not eligible to sign a national letter of intent for about 18 months, but the 6-foot-3, 180-pound Nelson said he has seen and heard enough to make his college selection.
“I’m excited and ready to go,” Nelson told 247Sports before the announcement. “I know some feel it’s early but I want to start building this recruiting class. I’ve been going through this process since I was in eighth grade so I feel like I have all the information necessary.”
Oklahoma, which boasted consecutive Heisman-winning quarterbacks with Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray in 2017 and 2018 and had Jalen Hurts finish runner-up in 2019, continues to attract the top high school signal-callers in the country.
Spencer Rattler, the Sooners’ starter in 2020, is viewed as one of the best college quarterbacks of this upcoming season, and they also landed five-star prospect Caleb Williams, the No. 1-rated quarterback of the Class of 2021.
–Field Level Media
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