With the 10-0 unbeaten record and the ranking in the College Football Playoff picture the Oklahoma State Cowboys seem to be branching off a little in the recruiting toward the end of the 2016 class. The Cowboys have offered a five-star athlete and running back prospect in Georgia and they now have five-star tight end Isaac Nauta, maybe the top-rated tight end prospect in the country, coming in for a visit over the Bedlam weekend after Thanksgiving.
Nauta was offered by Oklahoma State this summer putting the Cowboys in with some 43 schools, including four that he has already visited in projected leader Georgia (10/3), Alabama (11/7), Mississippi (10/24), and Michigan (10/17).
The 6-4, 237-pound Nauta is from Buford, Ga., but plays for IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. He was scheduled to take his fifth visit to TCU, but last week switched the final visit for a trip to Stillwater. Nauta, who has 13 receptions for 238 yards (17.7 yards average) and two touchdowns, will project as a Cowboy back and that might intrigue him to play some on the line and some in the backfield. He would also be coached by Jason McEndoo, who is proving to be a really strong recruiter.
On defense, Nauta has 18 tackles, 14 unassisted, 5.0 tackles for loss, a sack, and a fumble caused. He is also a U.S. Army All-American.
Oklahoma State reportedly offered Mecole Hardman Jr, out of Elberton (Elbert County H.S.) Ga., and the 5-10, 175-pound athlete is a speedster with 4.42 time in the forty. He has offers from 27 different Division I schools including Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, OU, Stanford, Tennessee, Clemson, Nebraska, Notre Dame and many others.
I don't have statistics on Hardman for this season but going into this season he had rushed for 2,618 yards and 27 touchdowns on 275 carries and he had a per carry average of 9.5 yards.