Texas Football Shows OSU In On Top Names

The "bible" of Texas football, Texas Football Magazine, is out. I got it in my hot hands today and while they have scaled back considerably the information they put out on teams in the Big 12 outside of Texas, Baylor, TCU, and Texas Tech, they still pack the issue with loads of recruiting information and the usual commitment to previewing every high school football team in the state of Texas.

It is a monster reference piece for anybody in the business of covering college football recruiting.

To me it is always interesting to see how many of the top schoolboy players in Texas that Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy and his staff are interested in, how many they offer and how many they get in the eyes of Texas Football. I'm not saying that the magazine is the absolute source, but Texas Football is independent of any recruiting website and does use a variety of sources to come to their conclusions.

That explained, our figures and information shows that Oklahoma State recruited or showed interest in 11 of the 12 players that Texas Football listed on its All-Super Team Offense, including quarterback Jalen Hurts that ended up committing to Alabama.

The Cowboys staff offered a scholarship to all five of the offensive linemen on the First-Team All-Super Team, and Belton's Zach Shackelford (6-4, 300) of Belton and Denzel Okafor (6-5, 295) of Lewisville are both still considering Oklahoma State. In all, the Cowboys offered eight of the First-Teamers on the offense side and that also included electric wide receiver Tren'Davian Dickson (6-0, 170, 4.4) of Navasota.

OSU also offered 17 of the players on the first-, second-, and third-team offenses combined. Argyle tight end J.C. Chalk and Garland (Sachse) receiver Devin Duvernay are included in that number.

The defensive numbers were similar as OSU has recruited 10 of the 12 First-Team members of the All-Super Team Defense.

Many of those players have already committed but McKinney (North) defensive end Justin Madubuike (6-4, 255) is still unpledged as is linebacker Dontavious Jackson (6-2, 230) of Alief Elsik.

The Cowboys offered nine of those First-Team players including Madubuike and Jackson. There were offers that went out to 18 of the first-, second-, and third-team All-Super Team defenders. That list included defensive tackle Chris Daniels (6-3, 300) of Euless Trinity, who visited Stillwater last weekend.

Dallas South Oak Cliff linebacker Marvin Terry (6-2, 225) and Shepherd defensive end Jonathan Marshall (6-3, 250), who visited several days during camps, are also included on the list.

Of the Oklahoma State commitments so far from Texas quarterback Nick Starkel of private school Liberty Christian in Argyle is listed on the Texas Top 300 as one of the best quarterbacks. It is surprising that athlete and projected wide receiver Tyrell Alexander of Lancaster is not on the Top 300 list. It does call him one of the state's top recruits. Arlington (Lamar) safety Madre Harper is in the Top 300 section as one of the Best of the Rest defensive backs.

Just another opinion is what that comes out to be as Texas Football is a good reference material but not the end all source for rating recruits, something they really leave to others, such as college coaches. Just another publication to get us excited about the advent of football season and the summer crunch time in recruiting.

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