Oklahoma football recruiting: Five-star athlete Makai Lemon commits to Sooners on CBS Sports HQ


Makai Lemon, a five-star athlete and the No. 33 overall player in the Class of 2023, announced live Saturday on CBS Sports HQ that he will continue his football career at Oklahoma. Lemon chose the Sooners over fellow finalists USC, Alabama, Arizona and Arizona State

Lemon, a 6-foot, 180-pounder from Los Alamitos (California) High School, is a two-way player who shines at cornerback and wide receiver. He has 100 catches for 1,540 yards and 14 touchdowns on offense, and has picked off eight passes and notched 40 total tackles on the defensive side of the ball in two prep seasons. 

Greg Biggins, national recruiting analyst for 247Sports, provided this scouting report on Lemon.

“Lemon is a very good looking young player with a ton of upside,” Biggins wrote. “He has an athletic frame with some growth potential and should have no issues filling out and adding good weight down the road. He’s a twitchy two-way athlete who shows elite upside as a receiver or a cornerback. He has good short area quickness, change of direction, runs well after the catch and is a natural pass catcher. He has excellent body control and a smooth, natural feel for the position. As a corner, he’s a tough kid who can run, make plays down the field and is physical in run support. He works hard off the field and has all the tools to project as a Power 5 starter and future high round NFL draft pick.”

Lemon is the third player to commit to Lincoln Riley’s 2023 recruiting class. All three of those prospects are ranked in the top 100 of the current 247Sports team recruiting rankings.

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