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Michigan, Michigan State make top 10 for No. 1 player in Oklahoma

The Wolverines and Spartans both made the top 10 for one of the most sought-after linemen in the 2024 recruiting class.



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Dec 4, 2021; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan Wolverines linebacker David Ojabo (55) reacts during the first quarter against the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Big Ten Conference championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The rivalry between the University of Michigan and Michigan State University stretches well beyond the football field, and right now, it’s bleeding into recruiting. Over the weekend, both Michigan State and Michigan football made the top 10 for Xadavien Sims, the No. 1 recruit in Oklahoma.

Wolverines make top 10 for No. 1 recruit in Oklahoma

Xadavien Sims is a 247 Sports composite four-star recruit and is one of the most sought-after defensive ends in the 2024 recruiting class. Sims stands at 6-foot-3 and weighs in at 275 pounds — his incredible size is matched with elite talent, which has earned him highly-ranked status.

Sims is ranked as the No. 121 player in the nation, the No. 16 defensive lineman, and the No. 1 player in the state of Oklahoma.

Over the holiday weekend, the No. 1 recruit in Oklahoma released his final ten remaining schools: Michigan, Michigan State, and eight others made the cut — the Wolverines and Spartans are the only two programs to make the top 10 for Sims’ recruitment.

Michigan football is getting hot on the 2024 trail

So far, Michigan football has pulled a top-2 class nationally, ranking No. 1 in the Big Ten. The Wolverines have 11 players committed thus far with seven four-stars and one five-star — landing Sims would boost Michigan’s class to nine players that are listed as four-stars or better and give Jim Harbaugh’s squad another elite defensive talent to work with heading into 2024.

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