Spring may be over, but as the Oklahoma Sooners prepare for summer practices and fall camp, they are still looking for talent for their defense.
Yesterday, former Michigan and Utah defensive lineman Phillip Paea received an offer from Todd Bates and the Oklahoma Sooners. Paea transferred to Utah State after spending four seasons with the Michigan Wolverines, appearing in only three games.
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The former four-star On3 prospect transferred to Utah State and was a starter along the defensive line during the Aggies Mountain West Championship run in 2021. Paea started the first three games of the 2022 season before suffering a season-ending ACL tear.
Paea accumulated a total of 14 tackles and two tackles for loss in 2021. In three games in 2022, he had two total tackles and an interception.
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Oklahoma added a pair of defensive linemen through the transfer portal in Jacob Lacey and Davon Sears. The Sooners hope to improve a defensive line that struggled against the run in 2022. If they can add Paea that will give them another piece to their defense rotation along with Jordan Kelley, Isaiah Coe, Jonah Laulu, Sears and Lacey.