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Oklahoma’s 2023 Four-Star DL Derrick LeBlanc Enters Transfer Portal

Nov 3, 2018; Lubbock, TX, USA; An Oklahoma Sooners helmet on the sidelines during the game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Jones AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

The Oklahoma Sooners are looking to flip the script in 2023 after a disappointing 6-7 season in Brent Venables’ first season, and whether that happens or not will depend heavily on the Oklahoma defense.

Last season, OU finished 122nd in total defense (461.0 ypg) and 99th in scoring defense (30.0 ppg), forcing the offense to simply outscore opponents as it did under Lincoln Riley.

However, Venables and his staff want to play a more balanced style of football, with the defense being a focal point of the team’s success. So, the Sooners went out and secured the No. 4 overall recruiting class in 2023, with several of their top commitments coming on the defensive side of the ball.

 

It appears that one of those commitments, four-star defensive lineman Derrick LeBlanc, has decided that he’d like to go elsewhere after just six months in the program.

On Monday, LeBlanc announced he planned to enter his name in the transfer portal after spending just one semester in Norman, due to “hardships back home” in Kissimmee, Florida.

Listed as the No. 34 overall defensive lineman in the 2023 class according to 247Sports, LeBlanc figured to be an immediate contributor for the Sooners’ defensive front, especially with names like Kori Roberson, Josh Ellison, and Alton Tarber exiting the program.

The Sooners brought in Da’Jon Terry and Phillip Paea to bolster the defensive line depth a week ago, which would seem to have had some sort of impact on the way LeBlanc saw himself fitting into the picture for 2023.

Either way, LeBlanc’s exit is a substantial depth loss for the Sooners at a position of need and creates an even greater emphasis on them landing some big names up front in 2024.

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