Recruiting Review And Update: Offensive Line

Oklahoma State's offensive line class status is a little out of whack but the coaching staff has a good chance to get it back in line with the 2016 recruiting class with new offensive line coach Greg Adkins and also Cowboy backs coach Jason McEndoo. The duo have been on the road like the rest of the staff through much of the last month evaluating and checking in on prospects.

In fact, I would not be at all surprised to see the next and maybe several of the upcoming commitments come from offensive line prospects.

OSU will have only one senior linemen graduating this season in Colby Hegwood. They have lost some to attrition and to injury with the most devastating being standout prospect Devin Davis.

We only have three offensive linemen down to be added in the upcoming class and that makes it imperative that they be really good prospects. Also, at some point you know expected starting center and really talented walk-on Brad Lundblade will be put on scholarship. His presence has been extremely valuable from helping to pick up the performance of the line late last season to solidifying the offensive line toward this upcoming season.

Ideally the Cowboys need a couple of tackle prospects and one inside prospect that could play guard or possibly center. The inside prospect might be on board soon as Belton, Texas standout Zach Shackelford (shown above) has shown a lot of interest, and Belton is the first stop of the Mary Hardin-Baylor camp circuit that the Cowboys staff will guest coach along with the Crusaders coaching staff. That starts in Belton on June 4.

Shackelford has said he will wait until Belton's spring football is over and then access his options and make a decision early in the summer.

There are a number of tackle prospects with one of the newest being eight-man football product Isaiahh Loudermilk of West Elk High School. He will be on campus and may compete in the Cowboys linemen (Down and Dirty) camp in June. He is also a prospect on the defensive side of the ball as well. Teven Jenkins of Topeka, Kansas is on the Cowboys radar screen as is Spencer Kanz of Wisconsin.

Denzel Okafor of Lewisville, Texas is a major prospect who continues to show interest in Oklahoma State. As does New Mexico Military JC prospect Shane Richards, a native of Canada.

I really expect the offensive line list to get a major overhaul during or after the camp season and as the coaching staff sits down and shares even more of what they have seen on the road. The word is that Adkins in his first tour of Texas and this area of the southwest has made a big impression on high school coaches and the players.

I will be really surprised if a good portion, maybe even all of the offensive line recruiting for 2016, doesn't end up coming into sharp focus before the beginning of August.


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