Oklahoma football: Sooners’ top-five uncommitted 2024 recruiting targets

Dec 7, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Oklahoma Sooners helmets are lined up before the game against the Baylor Bears in the 2019 Big 12 Championship Game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 7, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Oklahoma Sooners helmets are lined up before the game against the Baylor Bears in the 2019 Big 12 Championship Game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports /

The 2024 Oklahoma football recruiting class stands at 19 strong and ranks 14th, 15th or 16th nationally depending on which recruiting rating service you follow.

The Sooners have another outstanding class thus far but have some ground to make up to finish with a second consecutive top-five class.

With two weeks to go before the kickoff of the 2024 college football season, the breakdown of OU’s 2024 commitments features one five-star prospect (RB Taylor Tatum), seven four-stars and 11 rated as three-stars. By unit, 13 of the commitments are offensive players and six on defense.

The position breakdown includes five wide receivers, three offensive linemen, two quarterbacks, two running backs, three defensive backs, two defensive linemen, one linebacker and one tight end.

Nearly half of the 19 commitments are from Texas (6) and Oklahoma (3) but nine other states are represented.

The Sooners are not through, though, not by a long shot. There are several top uncommitted 2024 recruiting targets still on their hit list. We’ve identified five of the most prized prospects the Sooners are heavily pursuing:

DL David Stone

Stone has been a top target for Oklahoma the entire 2024 recruiting cycle. He is rated as a five-star defensive lineman, the No. 2 player in the class at his position and No. 10 player overall in the class nationally, according to the 247Sports Composite ranking. Oklahoma has long been the favorite to land the 6-foot, 4-inch, 270-pound Stone, but the Sooners will need to beat out Michigan State, Miami and Florida.

Stone is originally from the state of Oklahoma and was a Sooner fan growing up, but he is playing his high school ball at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. Oklahoma already has a 2024 commitment from one of Stone’s IMG teammates: D-lineman Jayden Jackson.

OL Grant Brix

OU’s Bill Bedenbaugh is arguably the best offensive line coach in the country and he is the reason the Sooners have typically been blessed with an outstanding offensive line in recent years. Bedenbaugh has three O-lineman already committed in the 2024 class and he has his sights squarely set on Brix heading into the fall. He will have to beat out Kansas State, however, which is also actively recruiting the 6-foot, 5-inch, 280-pound offensive tackle from Logan, Iowa.

Brix is rated four stars by 247Sports and is ranked as the No. 1 player in Iowa, the No. 5 offensive tackle and the No. 62 overall player nationally.

DL Dominick McKinley

Defensive line prospects have been a key emphasis for Oklahoma in the 2024 recruiting cycle, and McKinley, from Lafayette, Louisiana is one of the best in the class. He is a five-star prospect, according to 247Sports, and is rated as the top prospect in Louisiana, the No. 7 defensive lineman in the class and No. 38 player overall.

McKinley is considered a pretty heavy lean toward Texas, but the Sooners are not out of it and Ohio State and home-state LSU are also highly interested.

DE Nigel Smith II

You’re probably noticing the pattern here. Brent Venables and staff are all in on elite defensive line talent and especially high-motor edge rushers who can get to the quarterback and create chaos. Smith fits that profile. He is a four-star prospect out of Melissa, Texas. According to 247Sports, Smith is the No. 12 defensive end in the class and the No. 85 player overall nationally.

The 6-foot, 5-inch, 260-pound edge player has multiple crystal-ball projections favoring OU in his recruitment, but Ohio State, Texas A&M and Penn State have interest in convincing Smith otherwise.

OL Jordan Seaton

It’s probably going to be an uphill climb for the Sooners to land Seaton. Their chances are much higher with Grant Brix, but that’s not preventing Oklahoma and Bill Bedenbaugh from pulling out all the stops in recruiting the best available offensive line prospects. Seaton is a four-star prospect out of Washington, D.C. At 6-foot, 5 inches and close to 290 pounds, he has received more than 40 scholarship offers, including from major programs such as Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Florida, Clemson, Florida State and others.

Seaton is ranked the No. 1 interior offensive lineman in the 2024 class and the No. 39 player nationally.

David Stone

Grant Brix

Dominick McKinley

Nigel Smith II

Jordan Seaton