February 5, 2016

Sooners Add Walk-On QB Tanner Schafer

Oklahoma will add quarterback Tanner Schafer to the roster this fall.

Schafer will be a preferred walk-on after graduating in the spring from Canadian High.

From Tulsa World
“All he’s getting is an opportunity. Nothing’s guaranteed,” Chris Koetting, Schafer’s coach at Canadian, told the Tulsa World in a phone interview Friday, “but I wouldn’t put anything past this kid. He’s a winner. I think he wants to go prove what he can do.”

Koetting said Schafer passed for a little over 4,000 yards with 49 touchdowns and just two interceptions in Canadian’s version of the Air Raid offense. The Wildcats went 16-0 and trounced Refugio 61-20 for its second straight 2A title, but their quarterback stayed in the recruiting shadows.

“Tanner had an offer from Tulsa in May, but he wasn’t quite ready to commit yet. He kind of wanted to see what was out there,” Koetting said. “Tulsa had to move on eventually and got another quarterback. Tanner did have an offer from Ohio University, but he was wanting to stay a little closer to home so he started exploring the idea of being a preferred walk-on.

“Texas Tech reached out to him about that. Last week he was visiting with Lincoln Riley (OU’s offensive coordinator) about it. I figured when he called they were pretty serious about getting him to come.
“He told me last night that OU was where he wanted to be.”
6-foot-4 Schafer led Canadian High to back-to-back state championships and was named Texas Class 2A Offensive Player of the Year in both 2014 and ’15.

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