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Oklahoma Football: New crystal ball favors Sooners for David Stone

Aug 27, 2023

When you’re the Oklahoma Sooners, you’re destined to be in a number of high-profile recruitments. With Brent Venables in town toting his illustrious career, the Sooners will be in position for a lot of the top defensive prospects year to year.

Given the top players that Oklahoma’s been in consideration for, there may not be a more important recruitment that they’ve undertaken than the one for five-star defensive line prospect David Stone. Stone is set to announce his decision on Saturday, December 26.

The five-star defensive lineman hails from Del City, Okla., just south of Oklahoma City, and plays his football at Florida powerhouse IMG Academy. With his commitment day approaching on Saturday, it looks like the Sooners are in a favorable position.

Overnight, Michigan State Insider for 247Sports, Justin Thind, flipped his crystal ball prediction from the Spartans to the Sooners.

Thind joins 247Sports national recruiting director Steve Wiltfong and director of scouting Andrew Ivins favoring the Sooners. Wiltfong and Ivins predictions came back in 2022, so Thind’s prediction flip just days away from a commitment is notable.

Stone’s been tied to the Sooners for a long time. Growing up in the state and with strong relationships with Todd Bates and Brent Venables, it’s long been thought that Oklahoma would be the team to beat. However, they’ve had to hold off strong recruitments from Michigan State, Miami, and a number of other high-level Power Five programs along the way.

The Spartans were at one time thought to be the biggest contender for the Oklahoma Sooners. Most recently, the Miami Hurricanes have made a strong push for the five-star defensive lineman. Then there was always the Alabama and Nick Saban threat.

Though the crystal ball flip is promising, anything can happen in the final days of a high-profile recruitment for one of the nation’s best prospects. The Oklahoma Sooners are in a good spot, but can’t let up in their pursuit of David Stone before Saturday and even until the early signing period or national signing day.

It’s an encouraging place to be, but Todd Bates, Miguel Chavis, Brent Venables, and Ted Roof won’t take their foot off the gas until the signature hits the page and that page is faxed in.

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