After flip from ND to Oregon, 5-star Peyton Bowen signs with Oklahoma
The Associated Press - December 24, 2022 8:55 am
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(AP) — Peyton Bowen, the highly rated defensive back who backed off a verbal commitment to Notre Dame and said he was going to attend Oregon, ended up signing with Oklahoma on Thursday.
Bowen’s flip from the Fighting Irish to the Ducks during a ceremony at his high school in Denton, Texas, was one of the biggest stories on Wednesday as college football’s three-day early signing period began. He was one of several high-profile recruits to make a last-minute pivot to Oregon.
However, the five-star safety was never officially announced as part of Oregon’s top-10 class.
Bowen posted a statement on social media on Thursday, saying he regretted some of his actions and apologizing to the fans of the schools he jilted.
“Navigating this process has been a rollercoaster. … Oregon and Notre Dame faithful, I am sorry for how I handled this process. Changing my decision on signing day, the hat pump fake, all of it could have been handled better. I can’t change what I did but this experience is something I will learn from,” Bowen posted.
Bowen thanked the coaching staffs at Notre Dame and Oregon.
“Oklahoma family, I am excited to join this wonderful program and represent this university going forward!” Bowen said.
Oklahoma later announced that Bowen had signed with the school.