Oklahoma lands Jacob Lacey, former four-star Notre Dame defensive tackle

The late surge on the recruiting trail continues from Brent Venables and his staff as they reeled in their fourth commitment of the week on Thanksgiving.

This commitment, like all of the others, is another defender. High school three-star prospects Asthon Sanders and Taylor Wein, and JUCO defensive back Kendel Dolby pledged to join the Oklahoma Sooners in 2023. The latest commitment brings Oklahoma a player that could provide an instant impact next season.

After spending the last four seasons with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, former four-star defensive tackle Jacob Lacey committed to continue his collegiate career with the Oklahoma Sooners.

Lacey announced he would redshirt and enter the NCAA Transfer Portal back on Oct. 6. via his social media accounts. He recorded 35 tackles, 6.5 for loss, and 2.5 sacks during his career with the Fighting Irish. He isn’t the tallest defensive tackle, and he currently comes in under 300 pounds, but he’s shown an ability to make an impact at the college level.

 

Lacey’s connection to the current Sooners staff can be traced back to his high school recruitment, as Clemson was a significant player until he eventually chose Notre Dame.

So the relationship with Todd Bates was established, and the Sooners’ defensive tackles coach was a primary figure in getting the former four-star on campus and helped seal the deal.

With Lacey in the fold, he immediately adds depth to a room that will likely lose multiple bodies in the offseason due to graduation or NFL draft aspirations. He also has two years of eligibility remaining giving him the ability to be a long-term fixture on Oklahoma’s defensive line as they continue to reshape the defense under Brent Venables.

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