Peyton Bowen is an Oklahoma Sooner.
You can count on one hand the number of hires that have been just as wild and featured as many twists and turns as OU, Oregon and Notre Dame just faced with five-star safety prospect Denton (Texas) Guyer.
Bowen is a Sooner, it was officially announced on Thursday.
Bowen, ranked 10th overall in the country, had been busy at Notre Dame since January, but the Sooners had been there every step of the way. Every single step.
As the months wore on and fall arrived, it was clear that the Ducks would become a serious contender. Back and forth the three schools traded the equivalent of body shots in a boxing match, trying to throw their best throw.
Home visit after home visit, all three sides do not budge, do not throw in the towel.
Going into day one of the first signing period Wednesday, there was much more confidence from OU and Notre Dame than Oregon.
Heck, you might even hear it in the tone of OU head coach Brent Venables’ signing day press conference, minutes before Bowen’s announcement.
“I really feel like all six of you right now and I’m counting defenders,” said Venables.
A subtle or maybe not-so-subtle little nod that another defender would be on the way for the Sooners.
Bowen announced Wednesday at 11:07 at a local restaurant that he was going to pick Oregon?!?! He has caught many off guard, including his mother who said so when the Dallas Morning News asked about his baby announcement.
It was a tough pill for OU fans to swallow because not only did Bowen switch his pledge from ND to Oregon, but there wasn’t even an OU hat on the table.
But we’re not done yet. As everyone knows by now, announcing a commitment on signing day is very different from being announced as signed.
As soon as Venables and the UO staff knew it was Oregon for Bowen, they got back to work. The rivals could also confirm that the Notre Dame staff felt the same way and tried to get Bowen to change his mind and go back to the Irish.
An hour after his announcement, two hours, three hours, nothing from Oregon to indicate that Bowen was officially a member of the class. Plenty of signings announced by the program on what was a banner day for head coach Dan Lanning, but still nothing on Bowen.
It was obvious this was not going to reach a conclusion Wednesday night. Now, Thursday morning, the talk is there again. It will be UO. Sources confirmed to SoonerScoop.com and Rivals’ Nick Harris that OU was, somehow, trending again for the five-star prospect.
There have been some famous recruiting decisions that have gone off the rails, whether it’s because a parent didn’t agree with the choice or something. Things like this haven’t happened in OU for 11 years.
It was December 2011 when junior college defenseman Kass Everett was down to OU and Texas Tech. He picked Tech at the ceremony but never faxed the documents from his national letter of intent.
Instead, after conversations with then-OU coaches Bob Stoops and Willie Martinez, Everett went to the Sooners and was a member of the class of 2012 and played at OU for the 2012 and 2013 seasons.
Nothing, though, that dramatic for such a high-profile recruit for UO. Bowen’s dynamic ability and talent is one of the reasons the three schools keep coming.
Bowen achieved five star status with a senior season to remember. There was no way Bowen didn’t impact the game.
It’s very soon for even the elite of elite defensemen to be unable to play in high school, but that was never the case with Bowen.
As a safety, wide receiver, kick and punt returner, blocking kicks, Bowen literally did it all for Denton Guyer in helping lead them to the state semifinals.
Bowen becomes OU’s 25th top-10 class member and second five-star prospect. Coincidentally, the other five star is quarterback Jackson Arnold, Bowen’s teammate at Guyer.
Use as many recruiting clichés as you like. It’s a marathon and not a sprint. An engagement is an engagement and not being married/signed. Any way you want to put it, Bowen’s recruitment is a story for the ages.
And now an OU fan can officially celebrate.
Bowen. IT IS. In.