Daniel Akinkunmi, a three-star OL from England’s NFL Academy, commits to OU

Daniel Akinkunmi, a three-star OL from England’s NFL Academy, commits to OU

Akinkunmi, the No. 34 interior offensive lineman in the 2024 class, will be the first player from the United Kingdom to play for the Sooners.

Eli Lederman

By Eli Lederman

| Oct 12, 2023, 10:04am CDT

Eli Lederman

By Eli Lederman

Oct 12, 2023, 10:04am CDT

NORMAN — Oklahoma’s class of 2024 picked its latest addition Thursday morning when Daniel Akinkunmi, a London-born, three-star offensive lineman from England’s NFL Academy, announced his commitment to the Sooners. 

Here’s everything you need to know:

  • 247Sports ranks Akinkunmi, the 6-foot-4, 310-pound blocker, as the No. 34 interior offensive lineman in the 2024 class. He projects as a guard at the college level.
  • Akinkunmi gained his education in American football at the NFL Academy based in Loughborough, England, in the county of Leicestershire, roughly 110 miles north of London. The program trains teens ages 16-19 with the mission of producing college football prospects from Europe.
  • Akinkunmi will be the first player from the United Kingdom to play for the Sooners. He is believed to be the seventh OU player from Europe, per OU historian Mike Brooks.
  • Akinkunmi picked the Sooners over finalists Clemson, Miami and Baylor. He held a total of 28 scholarship offers with Arkansas, North Carolina, Duke and Georgia Tech among the others chasing his signature. 
  • Akinkunmi traveled 20 hours and 4,562 miles for an official visit to OU on the weekend of the Sooners’ season-opener with Arkansas State this fall. Offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh served as his primary recruiter. A trip to Baylor in June marked Akinkunmi’s only other official visit prior to his commitment Thursday.
  • Akinkunmi is the fourth offensive line commit in OU’s in the upcoming class, joining three-stars Eugene Brooks (Chatsworth, California), Isaiah Autry (Fulton, Mississippi) and Josh Aisosa (Edmond). 

What does it mean for the Sooners?

OU’s offensive line development is the envy of programs across the nation and Akinkunmi will join the Sooners as the next and latest raw talent for Bedenbaugh to mold. 

Akinkunmi already has a Power 5 build and will arrive to Norman with sharp fundamentals despite his non-traditional track into major college football. He’ll have to adjust to the speed of the game, but Akinkunmi commits to OU as the latest intriguing offensive line prospect in a long line of them in Norman.

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Eli Lederman reports on the University of Oklahoma for Sellout Crowd. He began his professional career covering the University of Missouri with the Columbia Missourian and later worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette before two years writing on the Sooners and Cowboys at the Tulsa World. Born and raised in Mamaroneck, New York, Lederman grew up a rabid consumer of the New York sports pages and an avid fan of the New York Mets. He entered sportswriting at 14 years old and later graduated from the University of Missouri. Away from the keyboard, he can usually be found exploring the Oklahoma City food scene or watching/playing fútbol (read: soccer). He can be reached at [email protected].

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