Alex Grinch continues to change the way defense is played in Norman, Oklahoma, as he’s no longer accepting players that don’t meet certain height and length requirements. That’s abundantly clear with his latest addition to the class in Danny Stutsman out of Winter Garden, Fla.
Although many of the highlights have Stutsman playing tight end, Stutsman is being recruited by Oklahoma to play the outside linebacker position, most notably the Rush End. He picked the Oklahoma Sooners over Texas A&M, South Carolina, Oklahoma State, Nebraska and several others.
Stutsman has a frame of 6’3, 215 lbs. and an athletic pedigree dating to his father, who played football at Baylor. Stutsman is a high-IQ guy who is regularly in the right place at the correct time to make plays. His athleticism doesn’t necessarily jump off at the page to you, but I don’t think it’s a lack of explosiveness as much as it is him diagnosing plays — an area in which Jamar Cain will help immensely. With that said, he has plenty of upside, and I believe he can add twenty pounds to be at 235 and still keep his mobility on the football field.
Stutsman is now the Sooners’ fifth commit of the 2021 recruiting cycle and is one of the several dominoes waiting to fall for this class. Currently, Stutsman is rated as the No. 42 OLB as well as the No. 90 overall player from the state of Florida according to 247Sports Composite rankings, but I would expect those numbers to jump once he transitions to playing linebacker more frequently for his high school squad. The mission of Grinch is clear— get bigger, athletic, high-IQ players into the program, and that is evident with the addition of Stutsman.