The Path to Norman
Delarrin Turner-Yell had a bit of a slow start to his recruitment. A year from his signing day, he had only a handful of offers. Oklahoma was one of the first, and it certainly put other teams on notice. An April commitment to Baylor seemed to halt things for a moment. However, a visit for ChampUBBQ opened his eyes a bit.
It seemed that, if not for distance, he would have already chosen the Sooners. He decided that OU was worth it soon after with a decommitment from Baylor and a new school in mind.
Career So Far
DTY missed the first six games of the 2018 season due to injury. After that, however, he was one of the most impactful freshmen on campus. He played in seven games, making his presence felt and showing off his closing speed.
2019 saw Turner-Yell step up big. With several options at safety in the offseason, he had to battle to earn his time. Battle he did, as he earned the starting job at strong safety. He was the starter at strong safety for 13 games, missing only the CFP Semifinal due to injury, and finished second on the team with 75 tackles. In a secondary that was much-maligned, DTY was one of the most consistent pieces.
Position: Strong Safety
DTY missed time recovering from his injury this offseason. Don’t think that counts him out for 2020 though; TFB continues to report that he is one of the best leaders on the defense. As one of the most consistent pieces of the 2019 secondary and a hard worker, Turner-Yell will almost certainly stay locked in at strong safety this year. Behind him will be redshirt-freshman Woodi Washington and Chanse Sylvie. Washington replaced DTY in the Peach Bowl when he was injured and impressed the staff. Even with a good year last year, this season could be another big step forward for DTY as a leader and a big piece of the 2020 defense.