With no official visitors this weekend and the fact that Cowboy Football Day (junior day) was last Sunday, that leaves this weekend open for the Oklahoma State Cowboys coaching staff. You can be out on the road legally until late Sunday, as Monday all coaches and their planes and rented cars turn into pumpkins as far as the NCAA is concerned and everybody is campused for the National Signing Day coming up on Wednesday.
For Oklahoma State there are a few unanswered questions. Such as, will there be enough help coming at running back? Will there be enough help and immediate help arriving on the offensive line? Then the big question, will Keondre Wudtee be the quarterback in the class?
That question wasn't in the mix for months when Elite 11 finalist and seemingly perfect quarterback recruit Nick Starkel was on board. Starkel then turned from Cinderella to ugly stepsister on the Cowboys, something that happens in recruiting. As Shreveport Times prep beat reporter Luke Thompson told us the light immediately shone bright on Parkway quarterback and sensational athlete Keondre Wudtee.
"He is definitely a guy that was under the radar for awhile, a great dual threat quarterback," said Thompson, who saw him often as a junior and a senior where he came up following statewide hero in current LSU quarterback Brandon Harris.
"[Brandon] Harris might have been a little more talented coming out of high school but Wudtee might have a higher ceiling. He has the speed, a really strong arm and can definitely throw it anywhere on the field. He has a really good football IQ and knows how to find his players and how to move around in the pocket. He always keeps his eyes downfield to be able to see and create plays out of nothing."
Last night, Wudtee helped the Parkway Panthers basketball team to a 67-44 win over Captain Shreve. Wudtee and Parkway are 16-9 on the season and the quarterback on the field and the hardwood is averaging four points, a couple of rebounds, and three assists a game.
"He is a 6-5 point guard which you don't see a whole lot of and he has great vision," Thompson said of Wudtee on the hardwood. "You see a whole lot of passes like he makes in football that the other team has trouble defending because they are not expecting it. His coach told me he could be a Division I player, maybe even n NBA-type guy if he was focused all on basketball."
The big question is between this weekend and his 11 a.m. announcement at school on Wednesday as to whether he will be quarterbacking the Cowboys of Oklahoma State or the Horned Frogs of TCU in the future, what will impact him and his decision?
My guess is that OSU offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich watched Wudtee plays hoops last night and maybe Doug Meacham or Sunny Cumbie of TCU were there as well. Does he talk to friends and family? Will Wudtee put on some music and meditate? Or is it possible that he is just waiting until he wants to announce it?
"Keondre keeps things really close to the vest and I talked to him after the basketball game the other night and he wasn't saying and neither were his friends or coaches. They weren't saying anything," Thompson answered the question of what he thought.
"Oklahoma State offering him first (first power 5) is a really big deal. If you look at the quarterbacks that TCU has coming in next year and Shawn Robinson, who is one of the top quarterbacks in the 2017 class is committed to them. If Keondre really wants to play quarterback and not move to any other position then Oklahoma State is probably the best place for him to do that right now."
Okay, there's a case where you kind of hope that a recruit will see it just like the media member that covers him. We know this, Keondre will be on the basketball court again before Wednesday as Parkway will play Shreveport Airline High School in basketball on Tuesday night, signing day eve.