Oklahoma’s biggest loss in the transfer portal was Dillon Gabriel, but Brent Venables didn’t need to find a replacement at quarterback because he was able to keep five-star Jackson Arnold. Arnold will head into his sophomore year with the starting job.
The Sooners had 18 outgoing transfers including four offensive tackles and a total of five offensive linemen, which won’t be easy to replace. The additions of ex-Michigan State right tackle Spencer Brown, Michael Tarquin from USC, and Febechi Nwaiwu from North Texas will help to counter the attrition up front. However, the bigger need was at wide receiver and that’s where Venables really came through.
Oklahoma added Deion Burks who caught 47 passes for 629 yards as a sophomore at Purdue and was one of the most highly sought-after pass catchers in the portal this offseason. Venables also grabbed tight ends Bauer Sharp and Jake Roberts as new weapons for Arnold.
You could make a great case for the Sooners being higher on this list, but seeing Gabriel, who carried the team to a win over Texas, head to Oregon was a massive loss, even if the successor is already on campus.