Recruiting: Good News After Tough Week

Oklahoma State's recruiting commitments are off to good starts just a few weeks into the 2016 season.

It's been a long week and there are still close to 18 hours before kickoff Saturday between the Pokes and the Pitt Panthers, so I'm in the mood to drum up some good news and it comes on the recruiting front. No, there haven't been any new commitments, although there could be some this weekend as there should be a solid number of prospects in for the Pitt game.

There are no official visits planned, but lots of talented prospects in the 2017 and 2018 classes including a number of committed and offered players. 

I hope you are paying attention to Terry Tush's weekly reports on the Cowboy commitments and how they are doing this season. Terry works hard to get that information and that is a lot of the good news that I am writing about here. My premise on the good news is I can't see how the Oklahoma State recruiting class is not jumping up in ranking based on how the Cowboys' commitments are playing. 

Let's start with last night as one of the most recent commitments in Garland Lakeview Centennial wide receiver Shamond Greenwood, the 6-3, 206-pound receiver who busted out a 4.4 and change in the forty at the Oklahoma State mini-camp in July and pledged shortly after being offered, caught six passes for 135 yards and two touchdowns in a Thursday night game with Frisco Centennial. Greenwood now has 20 receptions for 459 yards and seven touchdowns. He is averaging right at 23 yards a reception. Greenwood is going to have to get a star added.

A side note is that Scout's Gabe Brooks watched a 2018 receiver Erik Ezukanma out of Keller Timber Creek catch 14 passes for 282 yards and three touchdowns in a 37-28 loss. Ezukanma is a prospect who has Oklahoma State on his list, and is a name to remember. Believe me, he will gain attention off a performance like that. 

Another player earmarked for cornerback in Stillwater is playing both ways for East Texas powerhouse Gilmer and he is Greg Power's Big 12 Recruit on the Rise this week. LaMarcus Morton is 6-1, 175 pounds, but playing much bigger with 19 receptions for 421 yards and five touchdowns on offense and some spectacular plays on defense for the orange and black Buckeyes that are 3-0 and going for four on this Friday.

Back over in Fort Worth in the Metroplex the sad news is that Tracin Wallace at South Hills is out for the season again after missing last year. Tracin has torn the same ACL he tore his junior season. The positive news is he will get great care and work hard to come back and he will get his college education as he is committed to Gundy and Oklahoma State. His twin brother, Tylan, has to play on without him again. Tylan Wallace is lighting it up at receiver as he has 15 catches for 260 yards and three touchdowns. The Wallace twins were in Stillwater last weekend after a Thursday win and they are off this week and don't play until next Thursday.

Other players off to really strong starts, that quite frankly, I think are underrated include Forney linebacker Brendan Vaughn. Big 6-5, 335-pound Dan Moore Jr., at West Brook High School in Beaumont has helped his team to a 3-0 start and they play this weekend.

How about in Oklahoma, Oologah defensive end and linebacker Brock Martin. Martin hasn't slowed down since his 11 tackles, seven unassisted and a sack in the 43-14 smashing of Class 5A No. 1-ranked Collinsville, a team with several college prospects including OU commitment Levi Draper. Martin upstaged the Sooner commit Draper in the game. Oologah has remained unbeaten.

One of the Cowboys two running backs commitments, Canada's Chuba Hubbard, is starting to get some major publicity. Hubbard had the 105-yard touchdown run earlier this season. There's a great trivia question to spring on your Oklahoma State friends, did you hear about the OSU recruiting commitment that had a 105-yard touchdown run from scrimmage? They'll likely say, no way. Then you explain he plays his high school football at Bev Facey Community School in Canada. Canadian fields in football are 110 yards long.

Hubbard is getting a lot of notice and you can see the 105-yard run above. He has 33 carries for 524 yards and six touchdowns. He is averaging 15.9-yards a carry. He also has two receptions for 28 yards and two touchdowns. The 6-0, 190-pounder is one of the fastest two or three men in Canada. He is the fastest junior.

J.D. King is the Cowboys other running back commitment and the 5-11, 205-pound King is also turning heads at Fitzgerald, Ga. Last week he had four touchdowns in a 70-42 rout in which his school scored a school record for points in a game.  

I see more stars in this classes future but whether they get them on the internet or not, it is more important that they are earning them on the field. 

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