It's been a week since Nike The Opening Regional in the Dallas area at Coppell High School. I remember late in the day as I was leaving that Scout national recruiting analyst Greg Powers said to me that he thought that Jenks tight end Reese Leitao had made a big impression on everybody watching at the event.
I agree, and when I heard Leitao's name called at the end of the event for the showcase portion of the seven-on-seven drills my first thought was chalk up another mark for Oklahoma State and its early recruiting evaluations. I understand that many fans and subscribers on this site and others that cover Oklahoma State were frustrated when head coach Mike Gundy and company did not offer in-state cornerback Justin Broiles as early as others. Broiles committed to OU. However, OSU did offer Lewisville wide receiver Tyrell Shavers early. The 6-6, 202-pound Shavers runs an electronic 4.38 and tests like an NFL project and now most of the college football top 25 has joined the Cowboys in offering Shavers.
Oklahoma State was one of the first on Wylie East running back Eno Benjamin, and his recruiting has blown up. Poke commitments, Forney linebacker Brendan Vaughn and Lubbock Cooper safety Ty Thomas both tested well and both made the showcase portion of the event.
Add another early offer and prize evaluation that is now being caught up on by other schools. Jenks is a primary football power in Oklahoma and the Cowboys have greatly improved their success in recruiting Trojans with Dylan Harding and Dillon Stoner signing with OSU in the last two recruiting classes. Oklahoma State and Cowboy backs coach Jason McEndoo made an early scholarship offer to Leitao. Yes, the Leitao that had his name called for the showcase and the one that impressed a lot of observers.
Leitao is 6-4, 234 pounds and coming off basketball season and still pretty trim, but he is likely going to play at 245 pounds. He is athletic and runs a reported 4.88 in the forty. He did not clock a forty at the Nike event, but he did run a 4.4 in the 5-10-5 shuttle and showed off an impressive 33.5-inch vertical.
Besides the Cowboys you can include Arkansas State, Tulsa, Iowa State, Northwestern, Central Florida, Minnesota, Purdue, and Duke as schools that have offered. Arkansas, Missouri, OU and others are picking up interest. Oklahoma State might hope that Leitao, like Benjamin, shows loyalty to those that recognized his talent early.