The month wasn’t going to end without another bang on the Oklahoma recruiting trail. And another big win for the head coach Brent Venables and company.
Kissimmee (Fla.) Osceola defensive lineman Derrick LeBlanc became the latest four-star commitment for the Sooners, choosing the OU on Thursday evening.
LeBlanc was in the final three of OU, Penn State and Florida, with most agreeing it was a showdown between the Sooners and the Gators.
Maybe for once, it’s a fight the OU doesn’t win, but it starts to become commonplace around Norman when it comes to defensive recruits. Those who didn’t turn to Sooners before are now legitimate candidates and big-time victors.
Over the span of three months, LeBlanc made three visits to Norman, including an official trip to Champu Family BBQ for the June 3 weekend.
LeBlanc is another indication of how Venables’ line of thinking might be working. OU was the first major official visit as LeBlanc went to Florida on June 10th and Penn State on June 17th, then took the following month to evaluate and figure things out.
He is ranked number 8 on the four-star commitment this month and ninth overall. OU now has 18 commitments in total, with nine on a four-star ranking and nine as three-star.
LeBlanc is an interesting prospect going down the road, whether as a defensive end, or with his size, whether he is going in at the end. Either way, his tapes show that he’ll be effective at any location.
The Sooners started the month in their 40s for the 2023 class and are now finally firmly in the top 10, with perhaps even more good news to come in August.
LeBlanc is the second four-star commitment of the week, joining Spanaway (Wash.) Lake cornerback Jasia Wagner. And LeBlanc has a way of closing.