McCollum Wants To Be A Cowboy

Ryan McCollum got an offer from Oklahoma State last week and while on vacation with his family last week did not take much time to ponder his decision as he chose the Cowboys over a final trio that also included hometown Houston and Louisiana-Lafayette. The 6-6, 270-pound offensive tackle prospect out of Klein Oka High School in the Houston area has seen his recruiting go on the rise this summer.

He has offers from those three along with Texas Tech, Northwestern, and Nevada.

"When Oklahoma State came in that was a school that I really liked and really had always liked," McCollum said shortly after he committed on Twitter by simply posting #gopokes. "I also got my dates mixed up in that I thought tomorrow was August 10th and I was going to commit before then when practice started. I was ready so I went ahead and committed."

McCollum reminds me some of current Oklahoma State offensive tackle Matt Mucha, also from the Houston area coming from Clear Lake High School. He reminds me of Mucha because both are athletic and smart. Mucha came in and put finishing touches on his frame in the Cowboys strength and conditioning program under Rob Glass and it would be expected that McCollum would do something similar.

"I really didn't know that they have that many players from the Houston area," McCollum answered when asked if that was a factor in his decision. "I just knew I liked Oklahoma State and when they offered that was a difference maker for me."

Watching McCollum on tape you will see a lineman that does a good job of getting his hands on his target and keeping them there. He has good feet and is athletic and that equates to good technique and success in pas protection, but it also shows up numerous times as the coaching staff on offense at Klein Oak use McCollum to block on the move, lots of pulling and downfield situations built into the offense for him. He is really good at blocking on the run.

McCollum becomes the 12th player to commit to Oklahoma State in the 2016 recruiting class. He is the third offensive lineman to commit in the class with the expectation that they were going to take four for the 2016 recruiting class.


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