Shackelford Tour Includes OSU

The time is growing short before college football players will report back for the start of preseason practice. At Oklahoma State, the players will report back on Tuesday, Aug. 4. The same is true with the high school players. Offensive guard prospect Zach Shackelford of Belton, Texas and his dad loaded up and headed north for a three-school stop to wrap up Zach's summer recruiting adventures.

The 6-4, 300-pound Shackelford is fun to talk to as you can tell he loves football and is enjoying the recruiting process. Shackelford told me that he and his teammates at Belton start practicing on Aug. 10.

After hitting several Big 10 schools earlier this summer (Illinois and Purdue) he was hitting three schools on this road trip. The first stop for the Shackelford's on this late summer unofficial visit tour was the University of Tulsa. The Golden Hurricane has offered Shackelford and he is familiar with new Tulsa head coach Philip Montgomery, who came from Baylor.

"It was (Tulsa visit) good," Shackelford said. "It was nicer than I expected, a hidden gem. Tulsa was a much bigger city than I thought. I think they will do well with Coach Montgomery."

From Tulsa, father and son headed to Stillwater where they spent all day Thursday.

"It went good and I really enjoyed the visit," Shackelford said of Oklahoma State. "I've been there twice before, so this was really a trip for me to kind of check out particular things. We went to see the dorms and check those out."

Shackelford said he spent all day with Oklahoma State offensive line coach Greg Adkins, and also was shown around some by assistant recruiting coordinator Mike Groce.

"Coach Adkins was with us the whole day," Shackelford continued. "I do get along with Coach Adkins. He is awesome and he is a good coach too. We got to meet with Coach Gundy in his office and he covered some things that I didn't know and I was glad to learn those things."

Late Thursday afternoon the Shackelford's headed north on I-35 to the final destination on the trip, Kansas State. "We are heading to Manhattan and then we will drive all the way back on Saturday."

The talented offensive guard prospect did not say what happens next, but he did say he would keep us posted.

In addition to all the schools listed above, he has offers from Arizona State, Army, Cincinnati, Houston, Iowa State, North Texas, and Rice.

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