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Why Oklahoma is So High on 4-Star DL Xadavien Sims’ Impressive List of Offers

The Sooners are targeting the state’s top prospect for his size, speed, strength and athleticism, and he’s looking for meaningful relationships in his college experience.

John E. Hoover

BROKEN ARROW, OK — Xadavien Sims likes a lot of what he’s seen so far from Oklahoma.

But what he likes most is Sooners head coach Brent Venables.

Sims, the top-rated player in the state of Oklahoma in the 2024 recruiting class and a 4-star defensive lineman, according to 247 Sports, has a lot of options from which to choose.

And OU is at the top with any of them, thanks to Venables.

“It’s just like a family,” Sims told AllSooners recently in between games at the Prep Redzone Oklahoma 7-on-7 tournament. “Like, I could see myself being coached there. I went to a camp there, and he’s a great coach, Coach (Todd) Bates and Coach (Miguel) Chavis. And what really most stands out about OU is I have a really good relationship with the head coach, and I don’t have that with most of or a lot of the other schools. Coach Venables, he talks to me a lot, so that’s a real big thing for me. He coached me a lot when I was at the camp, so that’s what I like.”

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