The major concern with early commitments is that it gives other schools plenty of time to build strategies and work toward turning a prospect away from the school they committed to and over to them. Before you start thinking that I'm defending Oklahoma State, hey, the Cowboys staff does it too.
It is a part of recruiting and a school in this region that does it well and has done it multiple times with recruits that were committed to Oklahoma State is Texas A&M. The Aggies use the banner of the SEC and it no doubt had an impact on Meeker, Okla., offensive lineman Adrian Wolford as tonight on his Twitter account he announced his change of commitment to Texas A&M.
"I am pleased to announce that tonight, after much thought and prayers, I have changed my commitment and have decided to play football for Texas AM," wrote Wolford. "I am thankful to Coach Gundy and Coach Adkins from OSU, but I feel the best thing for me and my future rests in the SEC. I look forward to playing for Coach Sumlin and Coach Turner for the Aggies. #GigemGang17"
The 6-4, 295-pound Wolford was at multiple OSU practices and the spring game. It would be apparent that the change in heart really developed for Wolford in the last couple of weeks.
That drops Oklahoma State's number of commitments to nine, but it leaves the Cowboys with no offensive line commitments. Oklahoma State had seven offensive linemen in its 2016 class, so there weren't going to be more than 2-3 offensive linemen signed in the 2017 class.
In the 2016 class were two junior college transfers, Larry Williams on campus this past spring and Shane Richards arriving this summer. There were also five high school offensive linemen including highly regarded Tramonda Moore, who now is headed to junior college.
Targets that are high for Oklahoma State would be Seattle (Skyline), Wash., standout Henry Bainivalu, who visited for the spring game and has said he intends to come back this summer with his mom. Also, last week Oklahoma State offered Shawnee's Creed Humphrey. Humphrey is one of my favorites and I think he is a sure fire center prospect for some school's future. He has offers from the likes of Oklahoma State, OU, Alabama, and Texas. The 6-4, 301-pounder is a very physical blocker.