Five-star Defensive Lineman David Stone Jr. Says Ohio State is “Easily Top Two” in His Recruitment Following Scholarship Offer

On Wednesday, Ohio State defensive position coach Larry Johnson supplied the second-ranked defensive lineman in the complete 2024 class.

But that supply hardly got here as a shock to five-star Florida prospect David Stone Jr.

“It was fairly thrilling,” Stone advised Eleven Warriors of his supply. “I used to be anticipating it fairly quickly. I’ve been speaking with coach Johnson for some time and a number of the employees got here to our faculty a number 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 supply (earlier than that). I deliberate to go final 12 months, however issues have been troublesome and I could not make it. I plan to go someday in March on a go to, hopefully.”

Stone mentioned he and Johnson spoke for the primary time in late August and have been speaking commonly since Sept. 1, when school coaches have been capable of 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 appreciated the way in which I performed and the way bodily I used to be,” Stone mentioned. “He mentioned he desires me to play the three-technique and the way in which I get off the ball was extraordinary, issues like that.”

While he presently resides in Florida, Stone is properly conscious of Ohio State’s pedigree and says he watched the Buckeyes typically rising up in Oklahoma.

“I’ve been a fan since I used to be rising up,” Stone mentioned of the Buckeyes. “I used to look at them on TV, a number of their video games got here up in Oklahoma for some cause. I’ve all the time been a fan of theirs. One of my first video games watching them was in opposition to Wisconsin someday in the late 2000s. And then after all with coach Johnson, that is D-line U. He’s among the finest defensive position coaches in the nation.”

The 6-foot-4, 270-pound prospect mentioned he is a fan of varied Ohio State defensive linemen. He’s revered the Bosa brothers, Chase Young, and even present defensive finish JT Tuimoloau, noting that he’d been watching movie of Tuimoloau since Stone was a freshman in highschool.

Of course, Ohio State is hardly the one faculty that has supplied Stone. As a five-star prospect, Stone has racked up greater than 30 Division I affords, 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 hassle 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 recreation, I’m shedding going 100%.

“But I actually do not lose too typically,” Stone added with amusing.

Stone mentioned he’d begin evaluating his affords once more quickly, however that Ohio State is “simply prime two.” Other prime faculties for Stone embody Oklahoma and Michigan State, which Stone not too long ago visited final weekend.

“My relationships with the coach,” Stone mentioned concerning the greatest elements 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 properly.”

Stone wasn’t the one IMG Academy (Bradenton, Florida) product that Johnson supplied Wednesday, as in addition they supplied defensive sort out Jayden Jackson.

“Jayden and I’ve been speaking about that supply for some time as a result of that is someplace the place we might probably go collectively. That’s our aim, we wish to play collectively on the subsequent stage. We’ve dominated right here, they cannot block each of us. So we plan on taking part in collectively in school. That’s one place that may make it occur.”

Jackson agrees with Stone’s sentiment and would additionally wish to play together with his highschool teammate in school, if potential.

“David Stone is my boy,” Jackson mentioned. “I’d undoubtedly wish to staff up with him on the subsequent stage, whether or not it is at Ohio State or someplace else.”

Ohio State figures to be a giant participant for David Stone in his recruitment and can host him on a go to, doubtless 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 is the ambiance like. I wish to see if it is a true household up there.”

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