Jelani Woods, a 6-foot-7, 230-pound high school quarterback from Ellenwood, Georgia, became the quarterback pledge in the 2017 Cowboy recruiting class when he tweeted his decision on Friday night.
Woods, who traveled with his parents and older brother on Friday to make an unofficial visit to the Oklahoma State campus and attend the Saturday spring game at Boone Pickens Stadium, didn't waste time meeting with head coach Mike Gundy and offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich on Friday and touring the town and campus.
"It was comfortable," said the soft spoken Woods on phone to Go Pokes on Friday. He also confirmed that South Carolina had been his other prominent school in recruiting.
As mentioned, he announced on Twitter his commitment to the Cowboy football program:
“I want to thank the coaches that considered me as a candidate in this process,” he tweeted on Friday night. “However, after long thought and prayer, I have decided to continue my next 4 years at Oklahoma State University.”
Currently a junior at Cedar Grove High School and rated by Scout as a three-star prospect, Woods would be a member of OSU’s recruiting Class of 2017. He received scholarship offers also from South Carolina, Michigan, Kansas State and Louisville.
On Friday night, OSU offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich tweeted an apparent confirmation of the Woods commitment: “Big get straight outta Ellenwood, Ga! #GoPokes.” Ellenwood is an Atlanta suburb.
In 2014, Yurcich recruited and signed quarterback Mason Rudolph of Rock Hill, South Carolina. Now a junior, Rudolph is the veteran of 15 starts for the Cowboys. For OSU’s most recent recruiting class, Yurcich signed quarterback Keondre Wudtee of Shreveport, Louisiana.
Verbal commitments are not binding. High school recruits may sign national letters of intent in February.
Also on OSU’s 2017 commitment list are Brendon Evers, a 6-foot-2, 280-pound defensive tackle from Bixby; twin brothers Tylan WallaceT (a wide receiver) and Tracin Wallace (a defensive back) of Fort Worth, Texas; Adrian Wolford, an offensive lineman from Meeker; Brendan Vaughn, a safety from Forney, Texas, and Ty Thomas, a safety from Cooper High School in Lubbock, Texas.