The college football season has turned the calendar to November and the crucial down the stretch games that will decide conference championships and bowl game destinations. It is also a sign to pick up the pace and start closing on recruits to get official visits scheduled and commitments to close out the recruiting class. With the dead period during the holidays and on through the January AFCA Convention for coaches there really isn't all that much time left to recruit.
Oklahoma State has had two spots open up as one committed recruit in defensive end Nelson Mbanasor decided he wanted to visit Arkansas and that was a quick way to get Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy to no longer recognize a commitment. Defensive end Spencer Misko at Keller, Texas was committed to Oklahoma State as a tight end but he had not played the position at all for his team this season and the Miskos hinted that Oklahoma State pulled the scholarship offer.
We expect Oklahoma State to be able to sign a full class of 25. Right now, the Cowboys have 16 commitments. Below is the class as it stands and our prediction as of Nov. 1 as to what Oklahoma State is looking for and how we project the coaching staff to fill those spots. Now, some of these predictions we feel really strong about and some are highly competitive recruiting situations. We will note both.
* Current Commitment
*Jelani Woods, 6-7, 230, Ellenwood (Cedar Grove), Ga. - Woods completed 11-of-14 passes for 136 yards and 3 touchdowns last week. The rumor was North Carolina and Larry Fedora were lurking and trying to recruit him out from under Gundy and Oklahoma State. No evidence that is happening.
Running Backs (3)
*Chuba Hubbard, 6-1, 190, Sherwood Park (Bev Facey School), Alberta, Canada - He rushed for 229 yards and 2 touchdowns last week as Facey is 10-0 and conference champs. On the season he rushed for 1,735 yards (14.7-ypc) and 17 touchdowns.
*J.D. King (pictured above), 5-11, 205, Fitzgerald, Ga. - Scored 3 touchdowns last week and has rushed for 1,061 yards on the season.
Projection: Travis Etienne, Jr., 5-10, 190, Jennings, La. - De-committed from Texas A&M and OSU has solid shot but it is very competitive.
Wide Receivers (3)
*L.C. Greenwood, 6-3, 200, Garland (Lakeview Centennial), Texas - Had 11 catches for 225 yards and 3 touchdowns last week, and has 44 receptions for 869 yards and 14 touchdowns on the season.
*Braydon Johnson, 6-0, 180, Arlington (Bowie), Texas - Having a good season with 28 catches for 446 yards and 6 touchdowns.
*Tylan Wallace, 6-0, 180, Fort Worth (South Hills), Texas - He rushed for a touchdown last week and has 45 receptions for 750 yards and 9 touchdowns this season.
Tight Ends/Cowboy Backs (2)
Projection: Christian Bricker, 6-5, 225, Piedmont, Okla. - He has really emerged this season and was an unofficial visitor to the win over West Virginia. He is tearing it up on both sides of the ball and plays defensive end.
Projection: Nick Robinson, 6-4, 215, Oklahoma City (Putnam City West), Okla. - Jumbo receiver has had a huge season and de-committed last week from Memphis, and I think OSU is his top choice.
Offensive Linemen (3)
*Dan Moore Jr., 6-5, 330, Beaumont (West Brook), Texas - His team has clinched a playoff spot. I saw him in person last Saturday as the WVU game and he is huge.
*Derek Kerstetter, 6-5, 285, San Antonio (Reagan), Texas - He is also on a playoff squad.
Projection: Henry Bainivalu, 6-6, 300, Seattle (Skyline), Wash. - This might be a little dreamy, but he is scheduled to visit Oklahoma State and he has visited Oregon and Washington with Michigan also in the mix.
Defensive Tackles (2)
*Brendon Evers, 6-2, 280, Bixby, Okla. - He has had an All-State season for the powerful Bixby district champs.
Projection: Isaiah Johnson, 6-4, 300, NEO A&M J.C./Warner Robbins, Ga. - Tore his ACL but made a comeback and played in the playoff clinching win over Blinn. He was in Stillwater for the WVU game and caught the OSU coaching staff's attention.
Defensive End (1)
Projection: Alton Robinson, 6-3, 250, NEO A&M J.C./Converse (Judson), Texas - Has had an all-conference campaign as a freshman and is a qualifier that Oklahoma State has offered. He was at the West Virginia win last Saturday. He will also visit Kentucky, and Texas A&M and TCU are interested.
*Brendan Vaughn, 6-3, 209, Forney, Texas - So athletic he also plays wide receiver and caught seven passes for 65 yards and a 30-yard touchdown last week.
Projection: Chaz Ah-You, 6-1 1/2, 200, Provo (Timpview), Utah - He is a safety who is likely to grow into a linebacker. He has always stayed interested in OSU.
Projection: Devodrick Johnson, 6-2, 210, Dallas (Kimball), Texas - A 4-star player who has OSU high on his list.
*Kris McCune, 6-2, 195, Dallas (Dallas Christian), Texas - McCune has had a really good season playing both ways.
Projection: Kollin Hurt, 6-1, 170, Gilmer, Texas - They have his teammate Morton committed and Hurt visited for the WVU game unofficially. He is committed to La. Tech but would switch with an offer.
Projection: Jaiden Cole, 6-1, 195, Monroe (Neville), La. - He is a big-time prospect who could play a lot of places.
*LaMarcus Morton, 6-1, 175, Gilmer, Texas - He has had a big season on both sides of the ball. Caught a touchdown last week in 47-28 win over OSU recruiting coordinator Johnny Barr's alma mater Atlanta, Texas.
*Tyon Merchant, 6-1, 180, College Station (A&M Consolidated), Texas - Merchant is having a strong season.
*Tracin Wallace, 6-0, 170, Fort Worth (South Hills), Texas - He tore his ACL again, but has had surgery and is determined to come back. He is a really good athlete who could play defense or receiver or as run specialist quarterback.
*Thabo Mwaniki, 5-10, 180, Denton (Guyer), Texas - He played quarterback last week and is extremely athletic.