One of the more recent commitments for Oklahoma State in the 2017 class is Wagoner, Okla. quarterback and safety Malcolm Rodriguez. Rodriguez helped lead Wagoner to three state championships in football and he is also a defending individual state champion in wrestling and plays baseball for the Bulldogs.
We caught up with Rodriguez right after he got home from his official visit this weekend in Stillwater. He was especially impressed with the friendly down home atmosphere he experienced.
"The visit was awesome, I loved every bit of it," said the 6-0, 200-pound Rodriguez. "The campus visit and being out there and meeting people and how everybody was so friendly. It was down home. People you didn't even know being really nice and showing they were excited to see you.
"I haven't been on that many college campuses, but this was really good. I think you always want to make friends and that seemed to be really easy there."
Rodriguez, who wrestles for Wagoner at 195 pounds, admitted like all the other visiting recruits we spoke to that the food was awesome and that it might make it tough to make weight. "I'll have to cut back some," he admitted. "It was a lot of food and it was all good."
Rodriguez told us that after wrestling he will stay busy.
"I've got baseball (shortstop) and than I'm going to run track," he said. "The coach has talked about 100 meters and the 100-meter (4X100) relay."
This past football season Rodriguez earned All-State honors across the board as he finished with 79 tackles, two interceptions and two fumbles recovered on defense, which is where he'll play at Oklahoma State. As a quarterback, he accounted for 3,667 yards. He completed 115-of-172 passing for 1,976 yards and 22 touchdowns. He rushed 162 times for 1,691 yards and 21 touchdowns. He scored 115 career touchdowns.
Rodriguez said he wore an Oklahoma State wrestling t-shirt on Saturday during the visit and you can pick him out on the front row of a picture of all the visitors with head coach Mike Gundy. Rodriguez said he and his family were going to go to the Oklahoma State wrestling dual on Sunday vs. South Dakota State.
"We were going to go but we were all too tired, so we went home," he said. "It was something I'll always remember the visit weekend. I think that wrestling dual was going to be another blowout."