Oklahoma State recruiting has been on a roll as of late with some very strong commitments coming in the month of August leading up to the start of practice for some high school players, primarily in Texas. Then cornerback A.J. Green of DeSoto, Texas committed on the verge of playing his first game.
The Cowboys have two position areas where there is more work to do as they need to add another offensive lineman, or maybe two. They also will be looking to add to the wide receiver position. It was the offensive line the Cowboys had in mind in offering Plano, Texas guard prospect Kadarius Smith. The 6-3, 270-pound Smith is committed to SMU. He has been since June and said he thought he would shut down the recruiting process, but it opened up at least on his Twitter site.
"Very excited to have received an official scholarship offer from the Oklahoma State Pokes today... #GoPokes," posted Smith on Twitter.
Before committing to SMU, Smith had earned scholarship offers from Air Force, Louisiana-Monroe, New Mexico, San Diego State, Texas State, and Texas Tech. He was getting looks from other schools.
In a report from Scout.com, SMU reporter Billy Embody it was easily conveyed that there was a lot of enthusiasm going both ways when the powerful Smith pledged to the Ponies.
"They went nuts. Coach Craddock jumped up on me and coach Fry was smiling from ear to ear," the three-star lineman said to Embody. "Coach Morris was going crazy. I had planned it then I had backed away for a while and I don’t think he was expecting me to make my decision today. I caught him by surprise."
It also seemed from Embody's story and Smith's quotes that SMU being just south on US-75 (Central Expressway) from Plano was a factor in his decision.
"The feeling that I was just at home pretty much. They explained a lot to me and that I could change the program and be one of the better players along the offensive line that they’ve seen in a while,” Smith said. "The facilities are amazing and their plans for the facility and teams are going in a great direction."
SMU's facilities are outstanding, but Oklahoma State is pretty far out there as well, and a trip to Stillwater could likely get Smith's attention. Both Oklahoma State and Smith will have their attention other places on Thursday as the Cowboys open the season at Central Michigan and Plano and Smith open their season at Irving MacArthur.