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Five-star defensive lineman David Stone Jr. Says Ohio State Is "Easily Top Two" In Its Recruitment After Scholarship Offer

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On Wednesday, Ohio State defensive line coach Larry Johnson volunteered the second defensive lineman in the entire Class of 2024.

But that offer didn’t come as a shock to Florida’s five-star prospect, David Stone Jr.

“It was very emotional,” Stone said. eleven warriors give your offer. “I expected very soon. I’ve been talking to Coach Johnson for a while and many of the staff have come to our school a few times to visit. It was always a matter of getting there first or getting the offer (before that). I planned to go last year, but things were tough and I couldn’t go. I plan to go sometime in March for a visit I hope.

Stone said he and Johnson first spoke in late August and have been communicating regularly since September 1, when college coaches were able to reach out directly to high school juniors. After evaluating Stone’s film, Johnson saw enough to offer the ninth candidate and second defensive tackle in 2024 according to 247Sports’ composite ratings.

“He said he liked the way I played and how physical I was,” Stone said. “He said he wanted me to play the threes technique and the way I got off the ball was extraordinary, things like that.”

Although he currently resides in Florida, Stone is well aware of Ohio State’s pedigree and says he watched the Buckeyes often growing up in Oklahoma.

“I’ve been a fan since I was a kid,” Stone said of the Buckeyes. “I used to see them on TV, a lot of their games were in Oklahoma for some reason. I’ve always been a fan of them. One of my first games watching them was against Wisconsin in the late 2000’s. And of course with Coach Johnson, that’s the D U line. He’s one of the best defensive line coaches in the country.

The 6-foot-1, 250-pound prospect said he’s a fan of several Ohio State defensive linemen. He respects the Bosa brothers, Chase Young, and even current defensive end JT Tuimoloau, noting that he’s been watching Tuimoloau movies since Stone was a freshman in high school.

Of course, Ohio State is hardly the only school that has offered Stone. As a five-star prospect, Stone has amassed more than 30 Division I offers, including 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 would say my physicality and the effort I put in,” Stone said of what makes him an elite prospect. “I push pretty much every play, so even if I miss a rep during a game, I’m missing 100 percent.

“But I don’t really lose very often,” Stone added with a laugh.

Stone said he would start evaluating his bids again soon, but that Ohio State is “easily the top two.” Other high schools that are important to Stone include Oklahoma and Michigan State, which Stone recently visited this past weekend.

“My relationship with the coach,” Stone said of the biggest factors in his recruitment. “If I can trust them to develop me as a player and as a man, I will also excel on and off the field.”

Stone wasn’t the only IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL) product Johnson offered on Wednesday, as they also offered defensive tackle Jayden Jackson.

“Jayden and I have talked about this offer for a while because it’s a place we could go together. That’s our goal, we want to play together at the next level. We dominate here, they can’t block both of us. So we planned to play together in college. This is a place that can make that happen.”

Jackson agrees with Stone’s sentiment and would also like to play with his high school classmate in college if possible.

“David Stone is my boy,” said Jackson. “I would definitely like to join him at the next level, whether it’s at Ohio State or elsewhere.”

Ohio State looks like a great player for David Stone in his draft and will welcome him on a visit, likely in March.

“I want to see how the team comes together,” Stone said. “I want to see how close they are to each other and what the atmosphere is like. I want to see if it’s a real family up there.

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