There is no doubt that the mood in Boone Pickens Stadium on Saturday was more solemn than normal, much more solemn than a typical homecoming. But Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy and his staff made the most of some 60 recruits, 56 by our count although we were told there were more there including possibly Edmond Santa Fe safety standout Calvin Bundage.
The tragedy at the end of the homecoming parade certainly impacted the day, but Gundy and the recruiting staff including coordinator Johnny Barr, assistant Mike Groce, and director of player development Beni Tonga made sure the prospects attending had a good time. The Twitter messages posted by the recruits were all positive. It was also a scene after the game in the locker room where coaches and current players hugged and mingled with the prospects after they heard Mike Gundy's postgame comments and the team singing the fight song.
You often hear recruits talk about seeing, recognizing or looking for the family atmosphere and attitude. This is an example of that. Just by being in attendance and seeing the football program dealing with a tragedy on campus and seeing how they react and care for the school, their fans, and each other is a positive image and feeling for young men looking to decide which team they want to be a part of and where they want to attend school. They saw the Oklahoma State family camaraderie up close on Saturday.
The mystery of where Oklahoma City John Marshall offensive/defensive tackle Tramonda Moore would end up watching a football game on Saturday was answered as he was in Stillwater, along with teammate and junior cornerback Justin Broiles. That is a huge positive for the Cowboys as Moore is a huge talented prospect who will visit some top schools with his official visits, while seeing the two state schools on his own. He has been to Oklahoma State multiple times.
Here is the list of prospects attending Saturday's game that we saw and recorded with our pregame list. We divide it into players that are committed and/or offered. The other group is the list of players attending that have not been offered.
Commitments and/or Offers (6)
Tyrell Alexander, WR/Ath., 2016 class, Lancaster, Texas
Dylan Galloway, OL, 2016 class, Coppell, Texas
Ryan McCollum, OL, 2016 class, Klein (Oak), Texas
Tramonda Moore, OL/DL, 2016 class, Oklahoma City (John Marshall), Okla.
Grayson Reed, OL, 2017 class, Houston (Cypress Creek), Texas
Dillon Stoner, WR, 2016 class, Jenks, Okla.
Hakeem Adeniji, OL, 2016 class, Garland, Texas
Vaughn Appleman, TE/DE, 2017 clss, Ada, Okla.
Sheldon Barnes, OL, 2016 class, Jenks, Okla.
Caleb Bates, OL/DL, 2019 class, Locust Grove, Okla.
Will Bates, OL, 2017 class, Locust Grove, Okla.
Dylan "Sean" Beiersdorf, QB, 2017 class, Plano (Prestonwood Christian), Texas
Taven Birdow, RB/LB, 2016 class, Altus, Okla.
Keegan Brewer, WR, 2016 class, Lake Dallas, Texas
Justin Broiles, CB, 2017 class, Oklahoma City (John Marshall), Okla.
Brendan Brown P, 2016 class, Midwest City, Okla.
Bradley Brown, DL, 2017 class, Hominy, Okla.
Sean Bryant, WR/DB, 2017 class, McAlester, Okla.
Wesley Burris, LS, 2016 Olathe East, Kan.
John-Marcus Carruthers, RB, 2017 class, Shiloah Christian, Okla.
Zachary Clouse, OL, 2017 class, Edmond (Santa Fe), Okla.
Douglas Coleman, WR, 2016 class, Zachary, La.
Zaven Collins, QB/DB, 2017 class, Hominy, Okla.
Geron Eatherly, DS, 2016 class, Clark, Texas
Brendon Evers, DL, 2017 class, Bixby, Kansas
Kameron Fields, QB, 2017 class, Lakeview Centennial, Okla.
Tanner Griffen, QB, 2017 class, Bixby, Okla.
Garrett Grigg, DE, 2018 class, Forney, Texas
Kolten Hood, OL, 2016 class, Clark, Texas
Isaiah Hudson, DE/LB, 2016 class, Hominy, Okla.
Creed Humphrey, OL, 2017 class, Shawnee, Okla.
Matthew Jackson, DB, 2017 class, Northside HS, Okla.
Nikia Jones, WR/DB, 2017 class, Wagoner, Okla.
Logan Long, TE, 2017 class, Woodward, Okla.
Caden McDonald, LB, 2017 class, Justin (Northwestern), Okla.
Biyron McGrew, DB, 2017 class, Fort Smith (Northside), Ark.
Chris McPaul, Ath., 2016 class, Frisco (Centennial), Texas
Mason Minnix, OL, 2016 class, Jenks, Okla.
Wyatt Morgan, OL, 2017 class, Grapevine, Texas
J. W. Morrow, OL, 2017 class, Duncan, Okla.
Michael Norwood, III, DB, 2017 class, Fort Smith (Northside), Okla.
Braden Parker, QB, 2017 class, McAlester, Okla.
Grayson Reed, OL, 2017 class, Cypress Creek, Texas
Bryce Rodgers, Saf, Oklahoma City (Northwest), Okla.
Samuel Ruhl,DE, 2016 class Ardmore, Okla.
Josh Schnitker, OL, OL, 2017 class, Sherman, Texas
Ethan Scott, WR/DB, 2014 class. Yukon, Okla
Yosef Scott, DB, 2017 class, Tulsa (Washington), Okla.
Brandon Scott, OL, 2016, Owasso, Okla.
Keyshawn Shells, RB/SAF, 2017 class, Edmond (Sante Fe), Texas
Jordan Silver, DS, 2017 Class, Branson, Miss.
Tyrell Stewart, LB, 2017 class, Garland (Lakeview Centennial), Texas
O.J. Walker, RB/LB, 2016 class, Ardmore, Okla.
Tion Walker, WR, 2017 class, Shiloh Cristian, Ark.
Solomon Wise, DE, 2016 class, Coppell,, Texas
Cameron Wood, OL, 2016 class, Oologah, Okla.
Caden Yeagar, OL, 2016 class, Broken Arrow, Okla.
Tyree York, OL, WR/DB, 2017 class, Shawnee, Okla.