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Oklahoma Lands 2024 Four-Star DL Jayden Jackson

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

Brent Venables and Oklahoma got some good news just after Big 12 Media Days wrapped up in Arlington (TX), with 2024 four-star defensive lineman Jayden Jackson choosing the Sooners on Thursday afternoon.

Jackson, listed at 6-2, 295 pounds, is a product of IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, which has produced some of the top prospects in the nation for several years now.

According to Rivals, Jackson is the No. 10 defensive tackle in the 2024 class and the 190th-ranked prospect in the cycle. He chose Oklahoma over Texas and Miami, as well as a host of other offers, including Ohio State, Notre Dame, Florida, Penn State, Tennessee, USC, and Auburn among others.

 

Jackson committed live on 247Sports’ YouTube channel, and gave some details about his recruitment and how the Sooners prevailed in this race. It appears OU made up some major ground in the late stages of this recruitment, as the Sooners weren’t even in Jackson’s top three or four schools heading into his official visit on June 19.

“I’ll be honest, I almost decided not to visit,” Jackson told 247Sports. “They were the final school to make my top five and the only one I didn’t visit unofficially prior to taking all my official trips.”

However, when he got to Norman, everything changed for Jackson.

 

“Within the first 10 minutes of the visit, I was ready to commit,” Jackson said. “I was honesty blown away after talking with coach (Brent) Venables and coach (Todd) Bates.

“I looked at my mom and my uncle who were with me and gave them a look like, ‘I think this is the place for me.’ Looking back, it’s crazy because I really didn’t think I would like it there before the visit and I ended up loving that trip more than anywhere else.”

Jackson’s commitment gives Oklahoma 13 pledges for the 2024 class, which now ranks 26th nationally. However, the Sooners are at or near the top for several highly-rated prospects that are nearing decision dates, and it won’t be long before they start to take a serious hike up the team rankings list for this cycle.

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