Brent Venables and Oklahoma have landed the centerpiece of their 2024 recruiting class, as one of the nation’s top defenders, David Stone, has committed to the Sooners.
Stone, listed at 6-4, 284 pounds, is the No. 10 overall player in the class of 2024 and the No. 2 DT in the country.
As one of the top athletes in the class, Stone held commitments from the top programs in the country, with Ohio State, Alabama, Texas, Texas A&M, Miami, Michigan State, and a host of others throwing their hats in the ring.
In the end, though, it was OU that landed the five-star talent from IMG Academy, who will return to his home state of Oklahoma to play for Todd Bates and Brent Venables.
“Coach Bates texts my phone every day,” Stone recently told Rivals. “I try to get on the phone with him pretty often; coach Venables too. People on the team, I am close to them; they are like older brothers. I grew up with them in the city; I feel like that is a place for me.”
With the commitment, Oklahoma’s 2024 class rises to the No. 10 overall class in the nation, and the fifth-ranked class in the SEC.
With the defensive cornerstone (pun intended) of the Sooners class now in place, Oklahoma’s staff can shift its focus to putting more SEC-ready pieces around him, and will now have him as a tool at their disposal to help them lock up a third consecutive top eight class under Brent Venables.