This will be an important weekend for Brent Venables and the Oklahoma Sooners, who are hosting rival Oklahoma State tomorrow night. They’ll also be hosting three five-star defenders from around the country, per Rivals.
Paetow (Texas) 5-star DE David Hicks
The centerpiece of Oklahoma’s recruiting efforts this weekend is Hicks (6-foot-4, 270 pounds), who recently commited to Texas A&M. However, the Aggies have been hit with a run of decommitments lately, including five-star linebacker Anthony Hill. Hicks might be the next. He is ranked the No. 1 defensive lineman in the state and the nation and No. 9 overall in this class.
IMG Academy (Fla.) 5-star DT David Stone
The Sooners could land two five-star linemen if they play their cards right this weekend. They’ll also be hosting the second-ranked DL in the class of 2024 in Stone (6-foot-4, 270 pounds). He has 25 other offers to choose from though, including one from Michigan State.
Guyer (Texas) 5-star S Peyton Bowen
Oklahoma will also be wooing a potentially-critical piece for the back end of their defense. Ranked the No. 2 safety in the 2023 class, Bowen (6-foot-0, 185 pounds) committed to Notre Dame on January 1 and has been reportedly helping them recruit other players. However, his decision is not final yet and the Sooners could still flip him.