Under Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy the Cowboys have picked their spots in recruiting many of the higher-rated and most sought after prospects. The explanation for the strategy was always that they felt they needed to be better evaluators and work harder to find the talented football players other schools might miss. Those players would be easier to recruit and not as time consuming as prospects that so many others schools flocked to get.
Oklahoma State did offer a number of five- and four-star prospects but they typically chose ones where geography, personal connections, or some other circumstances weighed in favoring the Cowboys. Because Oklahoma State looked at Texas along with Oklahoma as in-state recruiting there was more territory to cover. Efficiency was a major ingredient to the Cowboys recruiting strategy.
Now that may be shifting some as Oklahoma State has jumped out and offered nearly 60 prospects for the 2017 class. This is the largest number of offers this early in the Mike Gundy years at OSU. A recent offer to standout Mississippi running back Cam Akers, who is already verbally committed to Alabama and offered by programs like Ole Miss, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, and others, may signify a change in that strategy.
Honestly, I think Oklahoma State will still focus on its time management and evaluation skills in finding the prospect others often miss, but I think they have decided that it costs little time or money to offer the highly rated prospects. Do it early, flood the board with offers and see what comes back your direction. You know you will get Twitter attentions from it.
Akers is 5-11, 210 pounds, fast, strong, and last season as a quarterback totaled 2,331 yards passing and 20 touchdowns while rushing for 1,448 yards and 16 touchdowns on 169 carries. He rushed for over 1,500 yards as a freshman in high school at Clinton, Miss.
Okay, you get a thank you on Twitter. Now if you get more then maybe you put some time into Akers, if not then it is nothing lost, nothing gained.
I think you will see Oklahoma State do more of this and on the prospects that send the love back to Gundy and his staff then they will find more love coming their way in the form of time and effort in recruiting. It appears to be an easy way to maybe pull another huge catch or two out of the recruiting ocean.