While we await Brent Venables’ on-field debut, the start to his tenure with the Oklahoma Sooners has been fantastic. On the recruiting trail, he and his assistants are providing the appetizer to the main course has got to have the that will come this fall.
Venables and his staff have received rave reviews for the culture being instilled and the energy of the new head coach at Oklahoma. Venables and the staff have created an environment that feels like a family.
His recruiting prowess with defensive players was a welcome sight. For Venables and co-defensive coordinator and defensive tackles coach Todd Bates, landing elite defensive recruits is nothing new. That was part of the reason Clemson’s defenses were so good. The talented they landed along the defensive line. They’ve brought a similar mindset with them to Norman and the Sooners continue to make waves with highly-ranked defensive prospects.
Look no further than 2024 star David Stone, a defensive lineman from Oklahoma who recently transferred to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. The Oklahoma Sooners have been trending in the right direction with one of the top players in the 2024 recruiting cycle.
OUInsider recruiting analysts Brandon Drumm, Parker Thune, and Joey Helmer have each issued Crystal Ball projections in favor of the Oklahoma Sooners. Now, Director of Football Recruiting at 247Sports, Steve Wiltfong, has joined the fray, projecting Stone to wind up with the Oklahoma Sooners.
🔮 New #Sooners 247 Crystal Ball
2024 5-Star DL David Stone
6-4 / 255
IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL)
By: Director of Football Recruiting Steve Wiltfong (91.2%)
— Sooner Report (@SoonerReport) March 12, 2022
Steve Wiltfong is long considered as quite possibly the premier voice on high school football recruiting in the country. A prediction from him means there is very much some serious interest from Stone at Oklahoma. Both On3 and Rivals analysts also expect Stone to play his college football in Norman.
With a long way to go before he can sign, the Sooners will look to keep this momentum and push to see if they can get a verbal commitment from David Stone in the meantime.
David Stone’s Recruiting Profile
- Texas A&M
- Iowa State
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