Literally minutes after receiving bad news on one five-star defensive tackle, Oklahoma fans got some good news on another.
David Stone, one of the nation’s top D-linemen in his class of 2024, included OU in his top 10 schools on Friday.
Stone’s announcement — first reported on Twitter by On3 recruiting insider Hayes Fawcett — announced on Twitter that 2023 five-star d tackle David Hicks has signed with Texas A&M. It happened just a few minutes later.
Stone included OUs in Texas A&M, USC, Oregon, Alabama, Miami, Florida, LSU, Michigan, and Tennessee.
Stone has always been considered a strong OU lean after growing up in Del City as a Sooners fan.
“My dad was giving me the game growing up,” Stone recently told AllSooners. I started to understand more about people (and) they started to grow on me.”
Stone told AllSooners that he appreciates the energy and culture in Oklahoma under Brent Venables and the new coaching staff.
“The energy and passion they bring to the table, along with their understanding and knowledge of the game mixed with their previous success at Clemson, seems second to none,” he said.
Stone has spoken numerous times with current OU players about his coaching change from Lincoln Riley to Venables.
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“They tell stories of old staff,” Stone said. However, I don’t want to go to campus and would like to know how it’s actually done at the school I’m considering.
He said at the time that OU and Michigan State University were “fighting for the top spot,” but that there were also “several schools right behind them,” including A&M. .
Stone also admitted that Hicks’ commitment to returning to A&M in September caught him a little off guard. He said he wanted to play college football with Hicks, but at the time he didn’t know where it would be.
“A&M always caught my eye before Hicks and before the NIL rule changed,” Stone said. I decided to become Aggie.
At 6-foot-4 and 270 pounds, Stone is the nation’s second-leading defensive tackle, Florida’s top player in the 2024 class, and the nation’s fourth-best player, according to 247 Sports. He grew up in Dell City but just finished his junior season at his IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.
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