GoPokes TV: Oklahoma State Recruiting Update

Robert Allen and Anna-Marie Ahrberg provide the latest update on Oklahoma State recruiting.

This could end up being one of the wildest finishes to recruiting in several years, but the good thing is that Oklahoma State has a 2016 class anchored now by 18 verbal commitments and I'm not expecting any of the remaining pledges to de-pledge anytime before signing day.

The tide of de-commitments, of which there were really only two in Nick Starkel (QB from Argyle, Texas) and Ryan McCollum (OT from Klein Oak, Texas) as junior college defensive end Tramal Ivy was not going to make it academically, was stemmed by the commitment of Chaska, Minn., offensive lineman Matt Kegel. Kegel, who had de-committed from Minnesota on Tuesday night, committed to the Cowboys on Wednesday morning and the 6-6, 305-pounder is a classic masher of an offensive guard prospect. 

So, what is Oklahoma State looking for to finish the class? I think definitely a quarterback to take the place of Starkel. They will also look for another defensive lineman, either a tackle or an end that could also come inside and play at the three technique some. 

Two players have announced intentions to visit Oklahoma State in the massive visit weekend Jan. 14. Kegel said he would be in Stillwater that weekend and he strikes me as a guy that will join in recruiting others into the class. He'll have another former Minnesota commit to sell as Lansing (Catholic Central), Mich., quarterback/athlete Tony Poljan will be here.

Poljan, who de-commited from Minnesota (10/30) and has offers from Nebraska (12/11) and Buffalo, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Iowa State, and Toledo, is 6-6, 230 pounds. This season he threw for 1,907 yards and 15 touchdowns with 9 interceptions, while running for 1,242 yards and 25 touchdowns, which may be why most schools look at him as a tight end. He has great ball skills and runs a 4.6 in the forty. His team finished 12-2 and lost 42-13 to Grand Rapids West Catholic in the Division 5 Michigan State semifinals.

The other de-commitment now reserving a visit to Oklahoma State is Houston (Langham Creek) wide receiver and kick returner Quartney Davis. Davis decommitted from Texas A&M on Tuesday and has visits scheduled for OSU on January 14 and UCLA the next weekend. Arkansas, Cal, LSU, Michigan State, Texas Tech, and Utah are among his 20 or more offers. This season the 6-2 1/2, 181-pound speedster caught 53 passes for 961 yards and 10 touchdowns and returned two kickoffs for touchdowns. Last season he caught 35 passes for 901 yards and 8 touchdowns.

Looking for that next quarterback I could see Oklahoma State interested in Dillon Sterling-Cole out of Spring Westfield in the Houston area. He is committed to Arizona State. It would make sense to talk to Del City's Terry Wilson and see if the standout Oklahoma prospect would like to go to school closer than Oregon.

The word is the Cowboys have taken notice of Bossier City (Parkview), La., standout Keondre Wudtee. The 6-4, 185-pound Wudtee had thrown for 2,157 yards on 126-of-204 passing in the regular season. His team lost 41-27 in the playoffs to Zachary. Wudtee is committed to Louisiana Tech, but would likely take a strong look at OSU. 

At running back, I like Devwah Whaley, the 6-0, 210-pound back out of Beaumont (Central), Texas that decommitted from Georgia. OSU has been in the home as running backs coach Marcus Arroyo visited. Arkansas (11/20), Texas, Miami, and OSU look to be involved the most right now.

Keep your eyes on Manvel, Texas back D'Vaughn Pennamon, a 5-11, 199-pounder who has made a soft commitment to Ole Miss, the Cowboys Sugar Bowl opponent. But it is a soft commit and the talented Pennamon is still in high demand after rushing for 1,586 yards and 24 touchdowns this season. His per carry average was 11.6 yards. Kyle Porter of Katy, Texas and Ja'Ron Wilson of Euless Trinity are two other Texas backs to watch.

It may be a dead period in recruiting but social media and strong needs are keeping the decommitments and the recruiting flowing strong as schools can't wait until Jan. 13 to stabilize and that includes the Cowboys.


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