Underrated no more, Konnor Near officially ended a lengthy and busy journey through the transfer portal by transferring to Oklahoma. The Sooners beat out a bevy of other schools for the Ferris State standout as Near’s talents were finally recognized on the national level.
Konnor Near Transfers to Oklahoma
Near, a dominant high school athlete from St. Johns, Michigan, went under-recruited out of high school. Despite multiple high-level accolades, including All-State honors, the dual-threat running back and linebacker at the high school level ultimately joined Ferris State.
Near quickly demonstrated his skill set and translated his all-around game to the next level incredibly well. He recorded 66 total tackles in his final season with Ferris State a year ago, including 34 solo tackles. He was named to the first team All-GLIAC as well as earning FCS All-American status.
Near and Ferris State won back-to-back Division II National Championships prior to his departure in the transfer portal.
It wasn’t long that the major programs across the country saw Near’s all-around ability in the portal and pounced on the opportunity. Oklahoma beat out the likes of Michigan State, West Virginia, Duke, Georgia Tech, Cincinnati, Texas Tech, Washington State, and several others.
Ultimately, Near chose the Sooners and will look to continue his ascension at the highest level.
He knows how to attack downhill and recorded three sacks with 10.5 total tackles for loss on the season a year ago. Near now joins forces with a potentially lethal
Near Quick Facts
- Class: Senior
- Height: 6’2″
- Weight: 234
- Hometown: North Richland Hills, TX
- Career solo tackles: 34
- Career total tackles: 66
- Career tackles for loss: 10.5
- Career sacks: 3
- Career pass breakups: 2
- Career fumble recoveries: 1