Four-star 2024 DL Xadavien Sims to transfer across state lines and play prep ball in Oklahoma


As first reported by OUInsider’s Brandon Drumm on Saturday afternoon, four-star 2024 DL Xadavien Sims is set to bring his talents across the Red River for his final two years of high school football.


The 6-foot-3, 250-pound defensive lineman spent the first two seasons of his prep career at Denison High School in Texas, but he’s now been cleared to transfer to Durant (Okla.) High School in time for his junior season in the fall of 2022. Sims, who’s the No. 79 overall player in the 247Sports Composite rankings for the class of 2024, immediately becomes the cycle’s top player in the state of Oklahoma. Previously, the only nationally ranked 2024 prospect from the Sooner State was a five-star defensive lineman David Stone, but he transferred to IMG Academy this past winter and is thus officially classified as a Florida prospect. Sims now gives the state its lone representative in the Top247 for the class of 2024.

(Photo: Parker Thune, 247Sports)


He currently holds seven FBS offers, five of which are from Power 5 institutions. Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas Tech, Michigan State and TCU headline the current list of contenders for Sims’ commitment. Also a standout track athlete, Sims recorded a discus throw of over 133 feet and a shotput of over 38 feet as a freshman. Though he projects as a 3-tech at the next level, he’s remarkably athletic and agile for a prospect of his size, and can be found playing middle linebacker on the 7-on-7 circuit throughout the spring.


At Durant, Sims may very well team up with one of the most physically imposing 2026 prospects in the nation, as 6-foot-4, 225-pound edge rusher Colton Yarbrough is likely to enroll and play his freshman season with the Lions. Yarbrough currently holds a pair of Power 5 offers from Vanderbilt and Arkansas.


The Sooners have hosted Sims on campus multiple times, most recently for their spring game on April 23. He received his long-awaited scholarship offer from Oklahoma and Todd Bates shortly before the game kicked off.


“The vibe in Norman was hype as usual,” Sims told 247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong after the spring game. “I loved getting to talk to great alumni like Baker Mayfield and connect with players after the game. The highlight of the day on campus was when Coach Bates offered me. You know we have a great relationship and I hope it continues to grow. The connection between me and OU is definitely growing and will probably continue to grow. ”


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