No. 2 QB in Class of 2023, Malachi Nelson of Los Alamitos (California) commits to Oklahoma

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Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley picked-up a big verbal commitment on Sunday.

Los Alamitos (California) quarterback Malachi Nelson has given his verbal commitment to the University of Oklahoma. The 5-star college football prospect is currently ranked as the No. 5 overall recruit in the Class of 2023 Composite Rankings.

Nelson has had a meteoric rise after a COVID-19 shortened spring season when he threw for 1,513 yards and 23 touchdowns in six games. His break-out game came against Huntington Beach when he threw for 376 yards and a school-record seven touchdowns in one half.

Gatorade named him the California Player of the Year and one of three finalists for the Gatorade National High School Football Player of the Year Award.

Last week, Los Alamitos was named honorable mention for the 2021 Preseason High School Football America 100 national rankings powered by NFL Play Football, the NFL’s initiative to provide fun and engaging experience for players of all ages and skill levels. That means the Griffins begin the season ranked between No. 201 and No. 300.

Related: Preseason 2021 High School Football America National Rankings

After a 6-0 spring season, Los Al was ranked No. 22 in the High School Football America California Top 25.

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