The word officially came out on Twitter from Pflugerville (Hendrickson), Texas defensive end Nelson Mbanasor on Sunday evening, but it might as well have come out sometime last week and may have come out if schools, and not just recruits, could publicize what is going on with recruiting.
As soon as the defensive end made an official visit over the weekend to Arkansas my very educated guess is he was off the commitment list at Oklahoma State, by the Cowboys coaching staff's choosing and not his. Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy is pretty clear with committed players that he does not like them going off on official visits to other schools. It has helped that Oklahoma State has been very happy with its other defensive end commitments, especially Oologah's Brock Martin.
As for Mbanasor, Raiders Power on the Scout Network caught up with him after his visit to Arkansas.
"Just the push from the other schools, Texas Tech, Arkansas, and Illinois," Mbanasor said of his reason to disconnect from Oklahoma State. His next comment resonated as to what I was guessing about the break up. "I feel like I ultimately have a better chance playing at those three schools over Oklahoma State."
Mbanasor went on to detail how he sees his recruiting going now that he is not committed to Oklahoma State.
"I want to visit Tech and Illinois on officials, and then I'll make my decision at the end of October," he said while also recapping his visit to Arkansas. "It was fun, man. Most fun I've had in a while. Great people. My hosts were some red-shirts who made the visit even more fun, some chill, fun guys. Even though they didn't come out with the win, I still had a lot of fun."
Before the end of the month he has another visit planned to Texas Tech.
"My brother plays for OU, it just felt like it would be a good time for our whole family to come. It's a joint game, they'll be watching my brother play at the same time that they're at an event for me."
The next week is when he plans to visit Illinois.
"I'll visit Illinois on Oct. 29, I believe they're playing Minnesota. I'm just trying to experience how it is on the game day, how the whole coaching staff is. I only know two coaches on the staff right now. I just want to go there and see a great family environment and how the academics are."
Honestly, Oklahoma State might welcome the room as the Cowboys had 18 commitments and still have a number of candidates at various positions that they are interested in and now this allows some extra breathing room.null