Nik Bonitto, Perrion Winfrey are leaving Oklahoma to enter NFL draft

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Oklahoma defensive lineman Perrion Winfrey declared for the 2022 NFL draft Tuesday.

Winfrey tweeted “Ocho out” in announcing his decision. He will not play with the Sooners in the Alamo Bowl against Oregon.

“I want to thank my coaching staff for not only pushing me in every way possible to be a great football player, but also pushing me to be a great man,” Winfrey wrote. “Thank you to Coach (Lincoln) Riley for taking a chance on me. Thank you coach (Alex) Grinch for for all the lessons on how to deal with life’s everyday adversities. The whole staff believed in me from day one, and I know the future is bright for this prestigious university.

“It has been my dream to play in the NFL ever since I can remember.”

Winfrey transferred to OU from Iowa Western Community College in 2020. He also received offers from Baylor, Arizona and Alabama.

In two seasons in Norman, Winfrey made six sacks and 56 pressures.

On Monday, the Sooners lost outside linebacker Nik Bonitto to the NFL.

“The last four years in Norman have been some of the best times of my life,” Bonitto wrote. “I have made unforgettable memories and made some long-time friends. I (want) to thank God, my family, my coaches, teammates, and most importantly you, Sooner Nation. Although this place has always been home, I’m excited for this next chapter of my life. With that being said I have decided to opt-out of the bowl game and declare for the 2022 NFL draft. Although my time is done, I will always have that OUDNA.”

Bonitto finishes his OU career with 19.5 sacks, 33 tackles for loss, seven passes defended, an interception, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.

8 responses to “Nik Bonitto, Perrion Winfrey are leaving Oklahoma to enter NFL draft

  1. Since when does a great man bail on his teammates before what is probably many of them the last game of their lives.

  2. Imagine a school giving you exposure and a free education, then you totally bone them by bailing on their Bowl game. Wow. Imagine if a pro bailed on the Superbowl as a “business decision”.

  3. Pros get paid, clowns. The education is a fallback for these guys. School makes money hand over fist from the bowls anyway.

  4. Oklahoma has made a “business decision” and is abandoning the Big 12, hello SEC… Straight cash trumps tradition.

    Their coach then makes a “business decision” and heads to LA LA LAND and Southern California. The Trojans backed up a Brinks truck and Riley jumps on a private jet along with key assistants.

    But if the players decide to enter the NFL Draft and forgo their school’s lesser tier bowl game to concentrate on staying healthy and preparing for their future paid careers, they are disloyal. RIIIGHT….

  5. I can’t believe people still criticize players for leaving early. Don’t worry about the school, they will be just fine and will throw away the rest of the players without a care.

  6. “Hey, you don’t want to risk being the next Jaylon Smith and cost yourself hundreds of thousands in future earnings by getting hurt playing in a made-for-TV exhibition game? Loser.” ~ armchair college fan

  7. Big OU fan and devastated by all the departures, but because of all them and the way the regular season ended, I completely understand and would tell him he has just be true to himself and realizing the potential risks outweigh the rewards RN kudos young man and good luck!

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