OU roster tracker: Sooners land Washington OL Geirean Hatchett

OU roster tracker: Sooners land Washington OL Geirean Hatchett

Washington guard Geirean Hatchett, a veteran offensive lineman who appeared 25 games over the last two seasons, became the Sooners' fourth transfer addition on the offensive line Monday.

Eli Lederman

By Eli Lederman

| Jan 29, 2024, 1:30am CST

Eli Lederman

By Eli Lederman

Jan 29, 2024, 1:30am CST

NORMAN — Oklahoma has added a potential plug-in starter on the offensive line late in the transfer portal window.

The long-rumored commitment from veteran Washington offensive lineman Geirean Hatchett finally arrived Monday afternoon, marking the latest addition in the Sooners’ offseason offensive line rebuild.

Hatchett, the 6-foot-4, 303-pound guard, comes to Norman after appearing in 25 games over the last two seasons, including 12 appearances and four starts on the Huskies’ run to the College Football National Championship game this past season. Hatchett was the sixth-most used offensive linemen in a Washington blocking unit that claimed the 2023 Joe Moore Award, given to the nation’s top offensive line, and should compete for the starting right guard role in his first season at OU.

He joins the Sooners with two seasons of eligibility remaining.

Hatchett is OU’s 13th overall portal additions and the program’s fourth on the offensive line where the Sooners are replacing starters at all five positions in 2024. Hatchett joins Michigan State’s Spencer Brown, North Texas’ Febechi Nwaiwu and USC’s Michael Tarquin among the transfer newcomers set to enter OU’s offensive line depth in the Sooners debut season in the SEC.


Oklahoma’s 2023 campaign is officially in the books, the new year is here and the Sooners have turned their full attention toward the 2024 roster. OU has done most of its transfer business but could remain active in closing stages of the transfer portal cycle. As for outgoings, 17 of the 18 Sooners who landed in the portal have found new destinations. 

The portal won’t open again until April 16. Catch up on all of OU’s offseason roster movement here. 


Portal additions (13)

-OL Spencer Brown, Michigan State (Dec. 6)

-DB Dezjhon Malone, San Diego State (Dec. 10)

-WR Deion Burks, Purdue (Dec. 12)

-RB Samuel Franklin, UT-Martin (Dec. 13)

-TE Bauer Sharp, Southeastern Louisiana (Dec. 18)

-OL Febechi Nwaiwu, North Texas, (Dec. 22)

-CB Jocelyn Malaska, Utah, (Jan. 2)*

-K Tyler Keltner, Florida State, (Jan. 4)

-DE Caiden Woullard, Miami (Ohio), (Jan. 4)

-OT Michael Tarquin, USC, (Jan. 6)

-TE Jake Roberts, Baylor, (Jan. 8)

-QB Casey Thompson, FAU, (Jan. 11)

-OL Geirean Hatchett, Washington, (Jan. 29)

*Preferred walk-on

Jan. 11: Oklahoma has turned to a familiar name to supply much-needed experience to its 2024 quarterback room.

Casey Thompson, the former Texas, Nebraska and Florida Atlantic passer, committed to the Sooners out of the transfer portal Thursday night, as first reported by On3’s Hayes Fawcett. Thompson is the son of former OU quarterback Charles Thompson and will spend his seventh season in college football with the Sooners in 2024.

Born in Oklahoma City, Thompson starred locally at Southmoore and Newcastle before landing at Texas as a four-star recruit in the class of 2018. It took the 6-foot-1 quarterback three seasons to earn the Longhorns’ starting job in 2021 and Thompson made 10 starts that fall. All told, he appeared all 20 games under center at Texas prior to transferring to Nebraska for the 2022 season.

Thompson made 10 more starts with the Huskers, then spent 2023 at FAU where his campaign was cut short by a season-ending knee injury. Thompson joins the Sooners with 5,338 career passing yards and 52 touchdowns in 33 games.

OU makes a logical fit for both parties for the final season of Thompson’s career.

The postseason departures of Dillon Gabriel and Davis Beville left the Sooners without a single regular season start in the quarterback room headed into 2024. Behind Jackson Arnold, Thompson brings an experienced option behind the new starting quarterback and a veteran presence in a position group that will include freshmen Michael Hawkins and Brendan Zurbrugg.

For Thompson, who will enroll at his fourth school since 2018, Norman provides a final college landing spot close to home in the program his father quarterbacked for two seasons from 1987-88. Thompson’s brother Kendal also played for the Sooners from 2011-13.

Jan. 9: Baylor transfer tight end Jake Roberts, a former Norman North standout, announced his commitment to Oklahoma Monday night, padding the Sooners’ tight end depth for 2024.

Roberts returns home after logging 23 catches for 231 yards and a touchdown in his lone season at Baylor in 2023. Before Waco, Roberts spent the first three seasons of his college career under Sooners offensive coordinator Seth Littrell at North Texas where the 6-foot-5, 250-pound tight end caught 43 passes for 541 yards and three scores from 2020-22.

Roberts’ commitment comes one week after tight end Blake Smith hit the transfer portal and restores the Sooners’ balance at the position before the offseason program begins. Roberts will step into immediate contention for tight end snaps alongside Southeastern Louisiana transfer Bauer Sharp, mid-year enrollee Davon Mitchell, Kade McIntyre, Kaden Helms and Josh Fanuiel.

Jan. 8: USC transfer Michael Tarquin officially committed to OU Monday afternoon. The 28-game starter who began his career at Florida appeared in the OU student database over the weekend.

Tarquin is the Sooners’ second tackle and the third offensive line addition this offseason. He joins Michigan State tackle Spencer Brown and North Texas guard Febechi Nwaiwu.

Jan. 6: Oklahoma’s rebuild on the offensive line will continue with former USC and Florida offensive tackle Michael Tarquin.

Tarquin’s name has appeared in the OU student database as a graduate student and he is expected to join the program when the Sooners’ offseason program begins this month. Collin Kennedy of 247Sports was first to report Tarquin’s arrival.

Tarquin, a 28-game starter over five college seasons, began his career at Florida where he appeared in 34 games from 2019-22 before transferring to USC for the 2023 season. The 6-foot-5, 300-pound lineman took reps at left tackle with the Trojans last spring and made eight starts at right tackle this past fall. Joining the Sooners for his final season of college eligibility, Tarquin will provide OU with a versatile option at the tackle position in 2024.

Tarquin joins Michigan State’s Spencer Brown and North Texas’ Febechi Nwaiwu among the Sooners’ transfer portal additions on the offensive line as OU seeks to retool after losing six offensive linemen who made at least four starts during the 2023 season. The offensive line retool could continue with Zalance Heard, the LSU transfer tackle expected to visit Norman this weekend.

Jan. 4, evening: Oklahoma has landed an elite transfer edge rusher after all.

Purdue transfer Nic Scourton didn’t even make it to his Saturday visit to Norman before committing to Texas A&M Thursday afternoon. However, by Thursday evening, the Sooners had a new sack-getter with a commitment from Miami (Ohio) pass rusher Caiden Woullard.

Woullard, a first-team All-MAC selection in 2023, stood among the top available pass rusher in the nation and held interest from Texas A&M, Missouri, Kansas, Minnesota and Indiana before landing on OU. He’ll head to Norman on the heels of a career year in his junior season when Woullard tallied 9.5 sacks, 58 pressures and 41 tackles with a pair of forced fumbles.

A two-year starter with the Red Hawks, Woullard joins the Sooners with one year of remaining eligibility.

With Woullard’s commitment, the complexion of OU’s starting defensive line in 2024 is already be taking shape. Defensive tackles Da’Jon Terry and Jacob Lacey project to start up the middle in their respective second seasons with the program in the fall. Woullard could enter as an instant starter on the edge opposite Ethan Downs, who returns for 2024 after recording 4.5 sacks for a second straight season this past fall.

Jan. 4, morning: Oklahoma has added another potential option to handle the Sooners’ kicking duties in 2024.

Former Florida State and East Tennessee State kicker Tyler Keltner committed OU as a graduate transfer Thursday morning, padding the Sooners’ depth at a position that proved to be a weakness during the 2023 season.

Zach Schmit, who connected on 15 of his 21 field goal attempts with several notable misses this past fall, is expected to return in 2024. However, Keltner brings competition and an experienced leg to the Sooners’ kicking unit for their debut season in the SEC.

Keltner spent the 2023 season at Florida State where his lone place kicking action came on a converted extra point against North Alabama on Nov. 18. Prior to his time with the Seminoles, Keltner began his career at East Tennessee State where he knocked in 56 of his 74 attempts across four seasons from 2019-22 and became a two-time All-Southern Conference kicker.

Keltner’s addition doesn’t inherently signal a solution for the Sooners’ kicking woes from this past season, but the veteran kicker does give OU another option at a position that will require immediate improvement in 2024.

After Schmit and Keltner, the Sooners’ kicking options for 2024 could include Gavin Marshall, Redi Mustafaraj and freshman newcomer Liam Evans.

Jan. 2: Jocelyn Malaska, a transfer cornerback from Utah and a former Oklahoma preps standout, committed to the Sooners as a preferred walk-on Tuesday morning.

Malaska was a three-star prospect and the 17th-ranked prospect in the state out of Bethany High School in the class of 2022 before picking the Utes over Texas Tech, Kansas and SMU, among others.

Malaska appeared in eight games across two seasons at Utah, including five this fall, primarily on special teams. He comes to Norman with three seasons of remaining eligibility.

The move pulls Malaska home to Oklahoma and continues the trend of scholarship-caliber players joining the Sooners as walk-ons under Brent Venables. His prospects for carving playing time in the OU secondary are unclear, but Malaska’s arrival adds quality to the bottom half of the Sooners’ roster.

Returning in 2024

-DL Jacob Lacey

-DL Da’Jon Terry

-LB Danny Stutsman

-DB Billy Bowman

-WR Jalil Farooq

-DE Trace Ford

Jan. 8: Jalil Farooq and Trace Ford became the latest veterans expected back on Oklahoma’s roster in the fall as news emerged Monday that both upperclassmen intend to return to the Sooners in 2024.

Sooners Scoop’s George Stoia confirmed Farooq’s plans to be back in OU receiving corps for his senior season after tallying a career-high 45 catches and 694 receiving yards with a pair of touchdowns in 2023. Farooq closed his junior campaign on a sour note with a pair of fumbles in the Sooners’ Alamo Bowl defeat but will return as a proven playmaker within a deep wide receivers room in Norman.

Ford, the former Oklahoma State transfer, will return to OU for a second season, his mother Desirae confirmed to Louis Raser of The OU Daily. Ford appeared in 12 games (one start) in his debut season with the Sooners and should factor into the pass-rush rotation again in his sixth season in college football.

Portal departures (18)

-DL Marcus Hicks (committed to South Dakota State)

-WR D.J. Graham (committed to Utah State)

-TE Jason Llewellyn (committed to Texas Tech)

-RB Tawee Walker (committed to Wisconsin)

-QB Dillon Gabriel (committed to Oregon)

-OL Nate Anderson (committed to SMU)

-Marcus Major (committed to Minnesota)

-DE Reggie Grimes (yet to announce)

-OL Savion Byrd (committed to SMU)

-DB Key Lawrence (committed to Ole Miss)

-RB Daylan Smothers (committed to NC State)

-DL Kelvin Gilliam (committed to Virginia Tech)

-OL Cayden Green (committed to Missouri)

-OL Aaryn Parks (committed to South Carolina)

-QB Davis Beville (committed to South Carolina)

-WR LV Bunkley-Shelton (committed to Georgia Southern)

-DB Daeh McCullough (committed to Louisville)

-TE Blake Smith (committed to Texas State)

NFL Draft exits (4)

-OL Tyler Guyton

-OL Andrew Raym

-OL McKade Mettauer*

-OL Walter Rouse*

*No remaining eligibility

(This is a live offseason roster tracker. It will be updated as news develops.)

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Eli Lederman reports on the University of Oklahoma for Sellout Crowd. He began his professional career covering the University of Missouri with the Columbia Missourian and later worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette before two years writing on the Sooners and Cowboys at the Tulsa World. Born and raised in Mamaroneck, New York, Lederman grew up a rabid consumer of the New York sports pages and an avid fan of the New York Mets. He entered sportswriting at 14 years old and later graduated from the University of Missouri. Away from the keyboard, he can usually be found exploring the Oklahoma City food scene or watching/playing fútbol (read: soccer). He can be reached at [email protected].

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