Four-star DL Danny Okoye commits to Oklahoma. Here’s what it means for the Sooners

Four-star DL Danny Okoye commits to Oklahoma. Here’s what it means for the Sooners

Four-star edge Danny Okoye committed to Oklahoma Wednesday night over Texas and Tennessee in a ceremony in Bixby. He is the top in-state recruit in 2024 and the fourth defensive line prospect rated four-star or higher to pick the Sooners in this cycle.

Eli Lederman

By Eli Lederman

| Sep 20, 2023, 6:36pm CDT

Eli Lederman

By Eli Lederman

Sep 20, 2023, 6:36pm CDT

Oklahoma’s 2024 recruiting class got another boost Wednesday with a commitment from Danny Okoye, a four-star edge from Tulsa who picked the Sooners in a ceremony in Bixby. Here’s everything you need to know: 

  • Okoye is the top prospect in the state for his class, per 247Sports composite. The same rankings list him as the No. 10 edge and the No. 149 overall recruit in 2024.
  • The 6-foot-4, 241-pound pass rusher chose the Sooners over finalists Texas and Tennessee. OU first offered Okoye in July 2022 and he took an official visit to Norman over the weekend of the Sooners’ 2023 season opener with Arkansas State.
  • Okoye is in the middle of his senior season playing for NOAH, a homeschool football program in Tulsa.
  • He is the fourth-highest rated commit in the Sooners’ 2024 class trailing only five-star prospects David Stone and Taylor Tatum and four-star tight end Davon Mitchell.

Breaking down Okoye

Okoye is one of the most physical, athletic and speedy edge rushers in the 2024 class. He drew offers from Alabama, Miami, Michigan and Ohio State following his junior season in 2022 when Okoye tallied 43 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and six sacks with a forced fumble and an interception. 

There will be a steep jump in competition from the small school circuit NOAH competes on to a Power 5 program. An interesting note: Okoye turns 20 years old before the start of the 2024 season.

The Sooners inked a promising, athletic edge rusher in the last cycle with Adepoju Adebawore. Okoye could represent a similar addition as one of the standout members in the class of 2024. 

What it means for the Sooners

Brent Venables has been adamant about recruiting the state since he took over in Norman. Okoye’s commitment marks another win on that front. 

Okoye’s is the latest coveted verbal pledge in an OU class that began the day ranked ninth nationally in 247Sports’ team recruiting rankings for 2024. He marks the fourth defensive line prospect rated four-star or higher to pick OU in this cycle, joining Stone, Nigel Smith (Melissa, Texas) and Wyatt Gilmore (Rogers, Minnesota). 

Three-star defensive lineman Jayden Jackson, Stone’s IMG Academy teammate, also committed to the Sooners over the summer.

Venables knows that games are won in the SEC at the line of scrimmage. Okoye is the freshest bit of evidence OU is positioning itself to be well-stocked up front in the future. 

The idea of Adebawore, Stone, Smith and Okoye tearing apart SEC backfields down the road has to be a tantalizing prospect for Sooners fans.  

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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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