5-star Defensive Lineman David Stone Jr. Says Ohio State is “Simply Prime Two” in His Recruitment Following Scholarship Supply
On Wednesday, Ohio State defensive position coach Larry Johnson provided the second-ranked defensive lineman in the whole 2024 class.
However that provide hardly got here as a shock to five-star Florida prospect David Stone Jr.
“It was fairly thrilling,” Stone informed Eleven Warriors of his provide. “I used to be anticipating it fairly quickly. I’ve been speaking with coach Johnson for some time and a whole lot of the employees got here to our college a couple of occasions to go to. It was all the time a matter of whether or not I’d get down there first or I get the provide (earlier than that). I deliberate to go final 12 months, however issues had been tough and I couldn’t make it. I plan to go someday in March on a go to, hopefully.”
— David Stoney Stone Jr. (@iamdavidstonejr) January 11, 2023
Stone mentioned he and Johnson spoke for the primary time in late August and have been commonly speaking since Sept. 1, when faculty coaches had been in a position to straight contact highschool juniors. After evaluating Stone’s movie, Johnson had seen sufficient to supply the ninth-ranked prospect and second-ranked defensive sort out in 2024 per 247Sports’ composite rankings.
“He mentioned he favored the way in which I performed and the way bodily I used to be,” Stone mentioned. “He mentioned he needs me to play the three-technique and the way in which I get off the ball was extraordinary, issues like that.”
Whereas he presently resides in Florida, Stone is nicely conscious of Ohio State’s pedigree and says he watched the Buckeyes usually by rising up in Oklahoma.
“I’ve been a fan since I used to be rising up,” Stone mentioned of the Buckeyes. “I used to observe them on TV, a whole lot of their video games got here up in Oklahoma for some purpose. I’ve all the time been a fan of theirs. One in every of my first video games watching them was in opposition to Wisconsin someday within the late 2000s. After which after all with coach Johnson, that’s D-line U. He’s among the finest defensive position coaches within the nation.”
The 6-foot-4, 270-pound prospect mentioned he’s a fan of assorted Ohio State defensive linemen. He’s revered the Bosa brothers, Chase Younger, and even present defensive finish J.T. Tuimoloau, noting that he’d been watching movie of Tuimoloau since Stone was a freshman in highschool.
In fact, Ohio State is hardly the one faculty that has provided Stone. As a five-star prospect, Stone has racked up greater than 30 Division I provides, together with from the likes of Michigan State, Oklahoma, Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, Colorado, Florida, Florida State, Iowa State, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, USC and Wisconsin.
“I’d say my physicality and the trouble I give,” Stone mentioned of what makes him an elite prospect. “I give effort just about each play, so even when I lose a rep throughout a sport, I’m shedding going 100%.
“However I actually don’t lose too usually,” Stone added with amusing.
Stone mentioned he’d begin evaluating his provides once more quickly, however that Ohio State is “simply prime two.” Different prime faculties for Stone embody Oklahoma and Michigan State, which Stone lately visited final weekend.
“My relationships with the coach,” Stone mentioned about the most important components in his recruitment. “If I can belief them to develop me as a participant and a person, I’m going to excel on and off the sphere as nicely.”
Stone wasn’t the one IMG Academy (Bradenton, Florida) product that Johnson provided Wednesday, as additionally they provided defensive sort out Jayden Jackson.
“Jayden and I’ve been speaking about that provide for some time as a result of that’s someplace the place we may presumably go collectively. That’s our aim, we wanna play collectively on the subsequent stage. We’ve dominated right here, they’ll’t block each of us. So we plan on taking part in collectively in faculty. That’s one place that may make it occur.”
Jackson agrees with Stone’s sentiment and would additionally wish to play along with his highschool teammate in faculty, if attainable.
“David Stone is my boy,” Jackson mentioned. “I’d positively wish to staff up with him on the subsequent stage, whether or not it’s at Ohio State or elsewhere.”
Ohio State figures to be an enormous participant for David Stone in his recruitment and can host him on a go to, probably in March.
“I wish to see how the staff bonds collectively,” Stone mentioned. “I wish to see how shut they’re with one another and what’s the ambiance like. I wish to see if it’s a real household up there.”
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