Venables, Sooners safe and secure 5-star take on from OKC
Blake Baumgartner, ESPN Personnel WriterAug 26, 2023, 09:00 PM ET Luxury defensive take on David Stone Jr., No. 6 overall in the 2024 ESPN 300, devoted to Oklahoma on Saturday, supplying second-year coach Brent Venables an important success on the recruiting front.Originally from Oklahoma City, Stone, who plays at IMG Academy in Florida and is the top-ranked defensive deal with in the 2024 cycle, chose the Sooners over deals from Michigan State, Miami, Florida and Oregon.His signature on a letter of intent would make sure the Sooners would have a first-class protective lineman in a second straight class.Defensive end Adepoju Adebawore (No. 20 total)was among three first-class signees,
together with quarterback Jackson Arnold( No. 3 total )and security Peyton Bowen(No. 17 overall ), in a 2023 class that completed 4th in ESPN’s rankings.Oklahoma now has 8 ESPN 300 promises in its 2024 class, with Stone acting as the headliner.Editor’s Picks
1 Related As a junior for IMG last season, the 6-foot-4, 280-pound Stone recorded 50 tackles (26 solo) with 18 tackles for loss, 5 sacks and 9 quarterback pressures.Venables, who has actually returned to Norman after a long and successful stint as Clemson’s defensive organizer, has the Sooners’recruiting in excellent shape following Lincoln Riley’s sudden departure to USC after the 2021 season.The quartet of five-stars(Arnold, Bowen, Adebawore and Stone)over the previous 2 cycles reveals the Sooners are still a brand name to be considered. ESPN has Oklahoma’s class ranked 16th.