This weekend a friend asked the question, who is the Cowboys number one quarterback prospect for the 2017 class? I had to tell him that, honestly, I wasn't sure. The last two years Oklahoma State offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Mike Yurcich has gone out in May during the evaluation period and found his guy and sewed him up.
For the 2014 class, it was current starting quarterback Mason Rudolph out of Rock Hill (Northwestern), S.C. and man, has that worked out really well. For 2015, it was John Kolar, who actually committed earlier that May. He pledged much earlier and stayed with his commitment. Then last spring it was Nick Starkel out of Argyle (Liberty Christian), Texas, and Starkel de-pledged late to switch to Texas A&M. Fortunately for Oklahoma State, they Cowboys were able to out-recruit TCU for Bossier City (Parkway), La. quarterback Keondre Wudtee. They actually may have traded up and time will tell us.
I think Yurcich has a head start this spring as today quarterback Zach Smith from Pearland (Dawson), Texas was in Stillwater for an unofficial visit and to watch practice. The 6-2, 190-pound Smith led Dawson to a 10-0 regular season and an 8-0 district title in 22-6A last season. He threw for 1,821 yards in the regular season in an offense that averaged 496.5 yards a game. That's high school!
Smith is a good visitor and one that likely will get a return visit in May from Yurcich. Already this spring Mississippi prep quarterback Myles Brennan, Jones, Oklahoma thrower Brandon George, Peyton Mansell from Belton, Texas, Fayetteville, Ark., signal caller and last weekend quarterback MVP at The Opening Regional in New Orleans Taylor Powell, Colleyville (Heritage), Texas quarterback and a standout at The Opening Regional in Coppell Cam Roane, and Frisco (Lone Star), Texas Jason Shelley have checked out the Cowboys.
You can bet Yurcich will check back with many of them in May when he is on the road evaluating. Brennan is out of Bay St. Louis St Stanislaus High School and he told Scout that OSU is his favorite while he has offers from the likes of California, Memphis, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Wisconsin, and West Virginia. OSU has not offered, but a planned visit from Yurcich in May could include an offer.
The quarterback recruiting process is getting started. With spring practice ending this Saturday and Yurcich and the other coaches hitting the road for those May recruiting evaluations, well, it could be over fairly soon. We'll see.