Former four-star LB transferring away from title contender Brett Deering/Getty Images
NORMAN, OK - SEPTEMBER 10 : Linebacker Ricky DeBerry #22 of the Oklahoma Sooners celebrates a fumble recovery against the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks September 10, 2016 at Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Warhawks 59-17. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)

Ricky DeBerry was a serious name on the recruiting front back in the class of 2015, with the talented four-star linebacker landing among the top 100 prospects in the country according to the 247Sports composite rankings. However, things never took off for DeBerry when he was in Norman as a member of the Oklahoma Sooners football program and, as a result, reports indicate that he will be transferring for the 2018 season.

DeBerry was recruited as a linebacker (with a No. 2 overall ranking among inside linebackers in the high school class) and he appeared in six games, making one start, during the 2016 season at the position. However, DeBerry was then transitioned to H-back in 2017 and, with injury issues also popping up, he has seemingly elected to pursue another opportunity elsewhere.

It remains to be seen if DeBerry, who redshirted in 2015, can burst on to the scene and contribute elsewhere but the 6-foot-1, 235-pound youngster certainly brings a great deal of talent to the table. For Oklahoma, this frees up a roster spot before signing day and, if nothing else, the Sooners can look to address the loss of DeBerry either with a transfer or incoming high school prospect.

Now, the focus shifts to where DeBerry may land and that will be quite interesting to monitor.

Rowland is a lifelong Atlanta sports fan that also grew up in a Michigan Wolverines household. He previously worked with FanSided, SB Nation and UPROXX sports and covers college football for FanBuzz.
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