The Oklahoma Sooners have scored a significant victory on the recruiting trail by securing the commitment of 2024 4-Star EDGE Danny Okoye, hailing from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Okoye is widely regarded as the consensus No. 1 in-state prospect for 2024 and ranks as the No. 144 overall prospect according to On3’s Industry Rankings.
BREAKING: Four-Star EDGE Danny Okoye has Committed to Oklahoma!— Hayes Fawcett (@Hayesfawcett3) September 20, 2023
The Top 70 Recruit in the ‘24 Class chose the Sooners over Texas & Tennessee
“Oklahoma is back and I’m proud to be a part of it!”https://t.co/5vc3ltub5O pic.twitter.com/iGDcSvOzVl
This exceptionally talented edge rusher received offers from 30 different programs across the nation, but ultimately, it boiled down to an intense SEC battle, with the Sooners successfully fending off competition from Texas and Tennessee for Okoye’s commitment. His addition strengthens an already impressive defensive class that features standout names like David Stone, Jayden Jackson, Nigel Smith, and Wyatt Gilmore.
This commitment represents a massive turnaround for Oklahoma’s recruiting staff, as there was a time when it seemed like Okoye might choose an out-of-state program. Schools like Texas, Tennessee, LSU, and even Alabama were all in the mix for a period. However, the tide began to turn in favor of Oklahoma when Okoye visited campus this summer—an important visit as it marked his first encounter with the new coaching staff.
With Okoye now firmly in the fold, Oklahoma’s 2024 recruiting class climbs to eighth in the nation. While they could potentially conclude their defensive line recruitment with this impressive class, efforts will persist to potentially flip either Williams Nwaneri or Dominick McKinley over the next few months.
Scouting Report on Danny Okoye:
Let’s be candid: Danny Okoye possesses truly elite potential. If it weren’t for his homeschool status, he would undoubtedly be in the conversation for five-star status. He boasts the essential size, power, and explosiveness required to make an immediate impact at the Power 5 level and is projected to be, at the very least, a two-year starter. Upon reviewing his junior tape, even against varying levels of competition, it’s immediately apparent that Okoye possesses remarkable explosiveness for a player already standing at 6-4 and weighing 240 lbs.
Fundamentally, there’s room for improvement, but Okoye’s physicality on the field stands out. Among the players in Oklahoma’s 2024 class, none arrive at the point of attack and finish a tackle with more aggression and authority than Okoye. While he certainly isn’t a player comp, his approach to the game is reminiscent of the style exhibited by Justin Flowe from the 2020 recruiting cycle. As for a player comparison, while it’s a challenging task, some similarities can be drawn between Okoye and Alabama’s Dallas Turner.