He wasn't blurting out his name or signing it but Oklahoma State offensive coordinator and quarterback coach Mike Yurcich was upstairs to call plays during the Cowboys Orange-Black spring football game and he was in a tremendously good mood even with the lack of touchdowns and explosive plays in the game on Saturday.
Our guess is one reason was the Friday night commitment of the quarterback for the 2017 class – Jelani Woods out of Ellenwood (Cedar Grove), Ga., who was in Stillwater this weekend with his family. The 6-7, 230-pound Woods is a big pocket quarterback who is athletic enough to run the ball some. His commitment definitely caused some buzz in SEC country.
Add another name to the commitment list on Saturday as just before the spring game was underway College Station (A&M Consolidated), Texas cornerback Tyon Merchant joined the commitment list. The 6-1, 180-pound Merchant had offers from SMU, Houston, UTSA and interest from hometown Texas A&M and TCU among others. He has good size and has proven to be a versatile corner with size.
Last season, he had 37 total tackles, two tackles for loss, an interception, a fumble recovery, and he returned a punt for a touchdown. As a sophomore, he had 31 tackles and those included four sacks as he became a weapon on the corner blitz. He also has good ball skills in coverage.
Merchant announced his OSU pledge on Twitter from inside Boone Pickens Stadium.
"I want to thank God for blessing me with the opportunity to play at the next level," read Merchant's message accompanied with a picture of himself with OSU head coach Mike Gundy. "Committed to OSU today."
Oklahoma State had right at 100 prospective student-athletes at the spring game. We will try to get together a near complete list on Sunday, but it was tough as we used three different spotters in the stands trying to round up names.
We know that offensive tackle Henry Bainivalu of Skyline High School in Seattle, Wash., was in town for the weekend as was Cleburne, Texas wide receiver Tre'Von Bradley, Denton Ryan defensive end Earnest Brown IV, and Ashdown, Ark., cornerback Montaric Brown.
Muskogee cornerback Kamren Curl was in Stillwater, as was offensive lineman Harrison Creed from Ulysses, Kansas. I saw him down on the field after the game with his family and he is an impressive looking prospect.
Cowboy defensive tackle Darrion Daniels confirmed his younger brother, who looks him eye to eye, Damion Daniels was there and so was 2018 safety prospect and younger brother of Jordan Sterns in 6-3, 180-pound Caden Sterns.
Besides Merchant some other talented defenders that have been offered that were in attendance included Sachse, Texas linebacker Riko Jeffers. Another offensive standout that has been offered is Laviska Shenault Jr. of DeSoto, Texas.
There were a number of incoming OSU freshmen making the trip to Stillwater, including offensive linemen Tyler Brown, Tramonda Moore, Dylan Galloway, Teven Jenkins, and Matt Kegel along with juco lineman Shane Richards. Quarterback signee Keondre Wudtee, star linebacker Calvin Bundage, and defensive tackle Cameron Murray were also there.
So were 2017 commitments from Texas, Brendon Evers, a defensive tackle from Bixby, Okla, and Adrian Wolford, offensive lineman from Meeker, both from Oklahoma. Then there was Ty Thomas, a defensive back from Lubbock Cooper; Brendan Vaughn, linebacker from Forney; and then twin brothers Tracin Wallace and Tylan Wallace from Fort Worth South Hills.
It was the most impressive guest list for a spring football game that I can ever remember at Oklahoma State.