When former Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley defected from the Sooners to join USC last Sunday, several of OU’s most talented commits re-opened up their recruitment. The college football world, including Texas coach Steve Sarkisian, was subsequently put on notice.
Just a week after decommitting from Oklahoma in the wake of Riley’s departure, Lubbock-Cooper senior linebacker Kobie McKinzie, a four-star prospect according to 247Sports, committed to Texas on Sunday night.
The six-foot-two, 245-pound linebacker turned down the opportunity to stay in his hometown of Lubbock to play under newly-hired Texas Tech coach Joey McGuire, and snubbed Riley’s USC, according to 247Sports.
McKinzie joins three-star Arlington Martin senior Trevell Jonhson as the only other true linebacker in Texas’ 2022 recruiting class. The Lubbock-Cooper product’s commitment comes just a day after Texas star linebacker DeMarvion Overshown vowed to return to the 40 Acres for a fifth season.
The four-star linebacker becomes Texas’ sixth-highest ranked 2022 commit, and is the 13th best linebacker in his class, according to 247Sports.
Fellow four-star Texas commit, wide receiver Brenen Thompson, tweeted “flip season” when news broke that Riley would be departing OU. He subsequently encouraged McKinzie to “come on home” to Texas, after the linebacker announced he would be opening back up his recruitment process.
It appears McKinzie listened.