Five-star safety Peyton Bowen flips again, now off to Oklahoma

A day after flipping his signing from Notre Dame to Oregon, five-star safety expert Peyton Bowen shocked the recruiting world by signing with Oklahoma on Thursday.

Bowen, the No. 14 overall recruit and No. 2 safety on the ESPN 300 of 2023, is the highest-ranking defensive player to sign with Oklahoma since ESPN began ranking recruits in 2006.

“As I reflect on yesterday’s hurricane, I realize I made some mistakes that I regret and will learn from,” he wrote on Twitter. “Navigating this process has been a rollercoaster ride.”

Brent Venable’s first full draft class as Oklahoma head coach came in at No. 5 on signing day and improved to No. 4 when Bowen resigned from Notre Dame. (The Irish fell to seventh place.) The 6-0, 195-pound Bowen becomes the second five-star recruit for the Sooners, joining his John Guyer High School (Texas) teammate Jackson Arnold, the Recruits #8 and #1 double threat quarterback. Bowen and Arnold helped lead the Wildcats to a 14-1 record, with their only loss coming on December 10 in a Class 6A Division II state semifinals against DeSoto (Texas) High School. Bowen originally signed for Notre Dame on Jan. 1, but switched to Oregon on day one of the early signing phase.

He is the second five-star prospect to retire from Oregon this week as quarterback No. 3 Dante Moore made the move to UCLA Monday.

Even so, coach Dan Lanning and Oregon still had quite a productive early signing.

The Ducks signed defensive end Matayo Uiagalelei (No. 65 overall in 2023), brother of former Clemson quarterback DJ Uiagalelei, and turned over three key players: LSU cornerback Daylen Austin (No. 142 overall in 2023), quarterback Austin Baylor’s Novosad (No. 270 overall in 2023) and Notre Dame’s running back Jayden Limar.

The Ducks started the day in 14th place and finished in the top five. However, without Bowen, they will go down. Five-star safety Peyton Bowen flips again, now off to Oklahoma

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