UPDATE: In his comments to the media on National Signing Day, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops addressed linebacker Bryce Youngquist’s decision not to sign his National Letter of Intent without expressly using his name, and indicated that the decision was motivated by a personal matter that could be medical in nature.
Here’s the full statement relative to Youngquist from Stoops’ press conference, as reported by The Oklahoman:
“You just always care about the young man,” Stoops said. “Since he didn’t sign, I don’t know that I can say. All about the young man. Want him to be healthy and everything in his life to be what he needs it to be, believe he’s on that road.
“It isn’t anything concerning the law or anything like that. It’s a personal nature. We pray for him and want the best for him and here to support for him and field his calls. Be supportive any way we can. It’s all about the person, really.”
Asked if Youngquist’s scholarship will still be honored, Stoops said, “Well, we’ll see. I don’t know that. I don’t know how this will continue to progress. It may be. But again, until we can have more communication, I can’t say.”
At this time, that’s all anyone knows for certain, though it certainly explains in greater detail what was holding back the four-star linebacker’s final signature on a National Letter of Intent.
Youngquist is a four-star linebacker from Los Osos in California. He’s one of the most athletic and impressive linebackers in the Class of 2016, and he was a major pick up for Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops’ recruiting class. He still is, but his latest announcement has been significantly more concerning for Stoops than his original decision.
On Monday, Youngquist announced that he would not be signing his National Letter of Intent on Wednesday. Yet, while he made that announcement, Youngquist also took care to reassert that he remains committed to Oklahoma.
The linebacker prospect made his announcement on Twitter with an Oklahoma logo backdrop, and made sure to hashtag his final line with #OUDNA.
In 2015, both top defensive end Cece Jefferson and defensive back Roquan Smith delayed signing their letters of intent until their entire family was comfortable with their decision, and they were comfortable with the coaching staffs they were signing on with. That does not seem to the situation here.