Texas Line Prospect 'Fired Up' Over Offer

"Well, it was around 10:30 (Monday) night when I found out about the offer (from Oklahoma State)," said Zach Shackelford, offensive line prospect from Belton, Texas. "I got fired up. I've been wanting that one (offer) for awhile but they had the staff change and I needed to meet the new coach, Coach (Greg) Adkins. This will be one of my top schools."

Zach Shackelford becomes one of the most recent offers for Oklahoma State, and as you can tell from his explanation of his reaction he was happy.

Cowboy fans would certainly hope that a similar reaction came from Hutchinson C.C. offensive tackle Tate Leavitt, who also received an offer from OSU. The 6-6, 298 pound Leavitt is originally from Thornville, Ohio.

Shackelford has been to Oklahoma State several times and was there most recently April 18 for the spring game and to spend time with new offensive line coach Greg Adkins.

Shackelford is not the prototype 6-4 to 6-6 in height as he is 6-3 and weighs in at around 290 pounds, but watch his tape and what you see is a very physical, mauling style of lineman that shows a relentless approach to attacking defenders. He has a great punch for establishing himself and for pass protection, but he also shows the ability to engulf defenders and is even a solid cut blocker as he shows that technique some in reach situations.

His previous offers included Arizona State, Army, Cincinnati, Houston, Illinois, Kansas State, North Texas, Rice, and Tulsa.

Shackelford added that Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich made a trip to Belton last Wednesday to watch his team's spring practice.

"Oklahoma State will make my list of top schools. Stillwater is a college town and that is what I'm looking for in a school and a situation," Shackelford added. "I want to get through spring football and see what other offers come in and then I'll see where it goes from there."

There is no doubt, with a quarterback already committed in Nick Starkel, that the offensive linemen for the class will be a priority over the next month or so. These offers going out would seem to reflect that.

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