National Signing Day caused some shocking choices from a number of the finest highschool gamers within the nation, however none was extra surprising than five-star defensive again Peyton Bowen.
The security from John H. Guyer Excessive Faculty in Denton, Texas, signed with Oklahoma, which posted a video on their Twitter after he made the choice.
“Chosen for being an elite athlete and nice competitor. Welcome to the Oklahoma household @PeytonBowen10!” the varsity’s soccer program wrote.
However that wasn’t the case initially for Bowen. First, it was the College of Notre Dame that Bowen had verbally dedicated to, per Yahoo! Sports activities.
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On Nationwide Signing Day Wednesday, Bowen shocked everybody with the ol’ fake-hat trick, as he went to placed on a Notre Dame cap earlier than swapping it out for a College of Oregon one.
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There was a catch, although: Oregon never received a signed nationwide letter of intent from Bowen. Hypothesis began because the Geese ought to have introduced the signing.
As a substitute, Bowen admitted his determination to go to Oregon “was not the most effective path for me,” regardless of making that decision together with his dad and mom subsequent to him on the podium.
As for Notre Dame, he talked about that his “coronary heart was some other place.”
“As I replicate on yesterday’s whirlwind I acknowledge that I made some errors that I remorse and can be taught from. Navigating this course of has been a rollercoaster,” Bowen wrote in a press release posted on Twitter.
“Oregon and Notre Dame devoted, I’m sorry for the way I dealt with this course of. Altering my determination on signing day, the hat pump pretend, all of it might have been dealt with higher. I can’t change what I did however this expertise is one thing I’ll be taught from.”
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“Oklahoma has at all times felt like dwelling to me. Reflecting, it appears as if I used to be on the lookout for a cause to department out and break free from dwelling. However my relationships with Coach Venables, Coach Bates, Coach Valai, Coach Corridor and Coach Chavis, together with my ties to family and friends regionally in the end led me again to the place I at all times belonged.”
Bowen is ranked No. 14 general by ESPN and No. 2 amongst safeties for the 2023 class. He’s the highest-ranked defensive participant to signal with Oklahoma since ESPN started rating recruits in 2006.
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Oklahoma now has the No. 7-ranked signing class in 2023, in accordance with Rivals.