Oklahoma doesn’t typically need help in its wide receiver room, but help just arrived. Obi Obialo announced on Sunday he is now a Sooner.
Obialo arrives from Marshall, where he caught 79 passes in three seasons. After ranking second on the club with 42 grabs for 505 yards and four touchdowns in 2018, Obialo missed the first nine games of 2019 with a foot injury before snaring 18 balls over the final four, including an 8-catch, 146-yard performance in his Nov. 15 debut in a 31-14 win over Louisiana Tech.
He’ll join UCLA transfer Theo Howard as the second graduate transfer wide receiver on Oklahoma’s 2020 roster. The Sooners will likely turn to rising sophomores Jadon Haselwood, Theo Wease and Trejan Bridges to replace CeeDee Lamb‘s 1,327 yards and 14 touchdowns, while Howard and Obialo will look to duplicate graduated-senior Nick Basquine and Lee Morris, who combined to catch 37 passes for 605 yards and two touchdowns.
Obialo has now transferred twice in his college career. The Coppell, Texas, walked on at Oklahoma State in 2016 and caught two passes for 11 yards as a true freshman. He could be the first player to wear Cowboy orange and Sooner crimson in a Bedlam game; he did not record a statistic in Oklahoma State’s 38-20 loss on Dec. 3, 2016.
One of the best names in the sport, and a Marshall Thundering Herd football player to boot, is the latest to hit the portal.
Over the weekend, Obi Obialo announced on his personal Twitter account that he has decided to place his name into the NCAA transfer database. The move is normally the first step in a departure, although the wide receiver could always return to the Marshall Thundering Herd football team.
“I want to thank all of the coaches and staff at Marshall for the opportunity to grow into the person and player I am today,” Obialo wrote.
Obialo also confirmed in the same post that he will be leaving the Herd as a graduate transfer. The 2020 season will serve as his final season of collegiate eligibility.
Obialo actually began his playing career at Oklahoma State as a three-star 2016 signee who was originally a walk-on. In May of 2017, Obialo opted to transfer from OSU. A month later, he moved on to Marshall.
In 2017 and 2018, Obialo started 16 games for the Thundering Herd, including all 13 in the latter season. In that 2018 season, Obialo was second on the team in receptions (42), receiving yards (505) and receiving touchdowns (four).
A foot injury sidelined Obialo for all but one game this past season. In that limited action, he caught 18 passes for 244 yards.
Because he played in just the four games, that will allow Obialo to take a redshirt for the 2019 season. The move also preserved a year of eligibility that he will presumably use elsewhere.
Nearly a month after leaving Stillwater, Obi Obialo has headed east to continue his collegiate playing career.
On his personal Twitter account Tuesday evening, Obialo announced that he has decided to enroll at Marshall and play his college football for the Thundering Herd. That football program, for what it’s worth, has not confirmed the wide receiver’s addition to the roster.
As Obialo was a walk-on at OSU, he’ll be immediately eligible in 2017.
Coming out of his junior season in high school in 2014, Obialo, a three-star prospect out of Texas, held offers from Iowa and San Diego State, and was getting looks from Baylor as well. However, a serious leg injury midway through his senior season in 2015 led to those offers disappearing even as he committed to the Aztecs in December of that year. Obialo opted to become a preferred walk-on with the Cowboys in February of 2016.
As a true freshman, he caught two passes for 11 yards. Despite a touchdown catch in this year’s spring game, the 6-3, 200-pound Obialo was facing an uphill climb making gains on one of the deepest receiving corps in the conference.