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LaRon Stokes Jr. saw what he needed before committing to dream school

Oklahoma was his dream school, but LaRon Stokes Jr. needed better justification before such a big decision.

After taking official visits to Oklahoma State and Oregon, the junior college defensive lineman from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M committed to OU on Sunday night following a weekend trip to Norman.

“I was just making sure it was everything I thought it was,” Stokes told The Oklahoman. “And it was.”

Stokes, 6-foot-4 and 245 pounds, will enroll at OU in January and be with the Sooners for spring football. He has two years of eligibility left after playing two seasons at NEO.

The Tulsa native recorded 76 tackles this season and led NEO with seven sacks.

Stokes was homeschooled in high school and played football for Tulsa NOAH. He had offers from Texas Southern and Stephen F. Austin after his senior year.

“I wasn’t sure if I was going to be a qualifier or not dealing with the eligibility center,” Stokes said. “There’s a lot more paperwork because I was homeschooled.”

He ultimately spent another year in high school to build up credits before NEO offered him a scholarship. Stokes said he maintained a 3.0 GPA in junior college. That, coupled with his dominant play, re-energized his recruitment.

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