Sooners add QB transfer plus 2023 signing

Oklahoma Football and new head coach Brent Venables got a big hit from the transfer portal after his predecessor, Lincoln Riley, left for USC.

While the Sooners lost some key figures to the 11-2 Oklahoma team due to the coaching change, Venables and his staff have used the same process to hire 12 new faces for 2022.

The latest signing is the former Pittsburgh quarterback Davis Beville, a former Four Star Contestant, according to Rivals, from Greenville, South Carolina. The rivals ranked Beville as the No. 11 quarterback in the 2019 draft class, the same class that delivered No. 1 QB prospect Spencer Rattler to OU.

The 6-foot, 6-inch, 205-pound Pro Style QB Redshirt completed his freshman season in Pittsburgh, playing in six games in 2020, completing 5 of 10 passes for 30 yards and just three last season . Beville’s playing time with the Panthers was extremely limited, largely because he was behind 2021 ACC Player of the Year and All-American First-Team Kenny Pickett.

During his time in Pittsburgh, Beville completed 22 of 32 passes for 237 yards and a touchdown.

However, Beville saw extensive action last season at the Peach Bowl as Pickett retired from the game to prepare for the NFL draft and assist Nick Patti, who picked up an injury.

Beville’s stat line in his Peach Bowl appearance was 14 of 18 passes that were completed with a touchdown and an interception. A highly respectable performance for a player who only featured in two other games last season.

The addition of Beville brings some much-needed depth to the OU quarterback space. The Sooners lost both Spencer Rattler and Caleb Williams to the transfer portal after Riley left but added a veteran signal caller Dillon Gabriel via the portal. However, behind Gabriel, OU had little experience in the 2022 season.

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Micah Bowenshimself a transfer last season from Penn State, and walk-on Ralf Ruecker were next in line. Only Rucker saw action for the Sooners last season, and that was limited to one-game cleanups.

Oklahoma added four-star prospect Nick Evers to its 2022 signing class. Although Evers comes into the game with great potential, it will take him some time to develop and get used to the collegiate game and the Sooners’ system.

Beville was in Norman for a recruitment visit last weekend and announced his new target on Monday.

The Sooners were also active on the future recruiting front Monday, adding talented security prospects Caleb Spencer for the 2023 vintage. Spencer, who lists 6 feet, 3 inches and 200 pounds, is rated three stars by 247Sports and is ranked the number 54th safety in class and the 14th best player from the state of Virginia. He is from Life Christian Academy in Colonial Heights, Virginia.

Oklahoma wasn’t the only school that took a keen interest in Spencer. He had also received offers from LSU, Arkansas, Penn State, Tennessee and West Virginia, among others.

Spencer’s mental and physical strength seem to be a perfect match for what Venables is looking for in defensive players. He was not recruited from the previous coaching regime at OU. He’s the find of Venables and Sooner’s new defensive coordinator, Ted Roof.

The promising young security guard was among the recruits who attended OU’s Junior Day in March, with the opportunity to tour campus and visit the Sooner trainers.

Spencer becomes the fifth engagement for Oklahoma’s 2023 recruiting class and is ranked 20th in 247Sports’ most recent rankings. He joins QB JacksonArnoldWR Ashton CozartOIL Joshua Batesand ATH Eric McCarty.

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