Jelani Woods (Photo by Chad Simmons)

Recruiting 2017: Who Beat Who?

The Oklahoma State coaching staff goes up against several Big 12 opponents each year in head-to-head recruiting battles, and this year has been no different. Robert Allen takes a look at "who beat who" in the Big 12?

One of the things we normally do after signing day is examine "who beat who?" In our case, who beat Oklahoma State on prospects that the Cowboys offered and seemed to push hard on.

We know about Beaumont (West Brook), Texas offensive lineman Dan Moore, and earlier in the summer, Meeker, Okla., offensive lineman Adrian Wolford both switching to Texas A&M. More recently, Oklahoma State lost San Antonio (Reagan), Texas offensive tackle Derek Kerstetter to Texas. Now those are committed players and it seems like offensive linemen have been the only ones lost off the commitment board, but how about offered players that the battle was on and they wound up choosing someone else?

Before you get your dander up over lost recruits to Big 12 rivals, which is what we will be looking at, remember Oklahoma State beat a number of schools on its haul of talent in the 2017 class. Several recruits like running back Chuba Hubbard, quarterback Jelani Woods (pictured above), wide receivers Tylan WallaceLC Greenwood and Braydon Johnson were either national recruits with offers coast to coast or they were offered by most schools in this region. J.D. King is a running back who a lot of schools picked up on after he was committed to Oklahoma State.

Thabo Mwaniki of Denton Guyer in Texas and Oologah, Okla., defensive end Brock Martin saw their stock and offer list continue to climb. Arizona Western linebacker Patrick Macon was the NJCAA National Defensive Player of the Year. 

In fact, the best thing Oklahoma State can do is hold on tight to what is a talented class for 2017.

We checked out the Big 12 commitment lists and here is what we found in the way of prospects that Oklahoma State fought hard to try and get but that pledged elsewhere.

Baylor: Interesting as the Bears had only one commitment a month ago. Matt Ruhle is hired and the Bears add 19 commits over the last four weeks. They tried to steal some from the Pokes but really couldn't do it.

20 Commitments - OL Eleasah Anderson, Alief (Taylor), Texas is the only player OSU really tried to get.

Iowa State: The Cowboys and Cyclones don't cross paths much in recruiting

3 Early Enrollees, 1 Signed LOI, 17 Commitments - One commitment is tight end Charlie Kolar of Norman North, brother of Cowboys quarterback John Kolar but Oklahoma State didn't really recruit Kolar.

Kansas: Again, the Pokes and Kansas have not tangled much lately on the recruiting trail although the Jayhawks have three former OSU assistants in Joe DeForest, Todd Bradford, and now Doug Meacham.

8 Signed LOI, 12 Commitments - Cowboys showed some interest in linebacker Joe Dineen of Lawrence (Free State), Kan.

Kansas State: These two have had a few battles, usually over junior college or Kansas prospects.

1 Signed LOI, 15 Commitments - K-State picked up defensive end Spencer Misko, Keller, Texas; who de-committed from Oklahoma State but it may have been an encouraged departure, and offensive lineman Harrison Creed, Ulysses, Kan., is a prospect OSU showed interest in.

Oklahoma: More head-to-head recruiting situations between the two Bedlam rivals than we've seen in awhile.

11 Early Enrollees, 14 Commitments - It started early as linebacker Levi Draper from Collinsville, Okla., committed to Oklahoma State and then changed his commitment before his senior season. OU has five commitments that Oklahoma State either offered or showed a strong interest in – linebacker Robert Barnes, Southlake Carroll, Texas; offensive guard Tyrese Robinson, McKinney (Boyd), Texas; cornerback Tre Brown, Tulsa Union, Okla.; offensive lineman Adrian Ealy, Gonzales (East Ascension), La., and just this week cornerback Tre Norwood, Fort Smith (Northside), Ark.

TCU: This has usually been a dog eat dog recruiting rivalry, but Oklahoma State did fine this recruiting season or TCU not as good.

2 Early Enrollees, 1 Signed LOI, 10 Commitments - OSU would have liked offensive guard Wes Harris, Aledo, Texas but he pledged early, and the Cowboys had interest in wide receiver Omar Manning, Lancaster, Texas.

Texas: One big one for sure in Kerstetter flipping commitments.

3 Early Enrollees, 12 Commitments - There is Kersetter and the Cowboys really would have liked and offered tight end Reese Leitao, Jenks, Okla. 

Texas Tech: As usual there are a couple here.

6 Signed LOI, 14 Commitments - Former Cowboy commitment defensive end Nelson Mbanasor, Plugerville (Hendrikson), Texas landed here. The Cowboys would have loved to have any of these offensive lineman Jack Anderson, Frisco, Texas; Will Faraar, Travis (Richmond), Texas; Casey Verhulst, Plano (East), Texas, and also linebacker Riko Jeffers, Sachse, Texas

West Virginia: Very rarely do the Cowboys and the Mountaineers cross paths, but they did this year on a familiar name.

10 Early Enrollees, 8 Commitments - Oklahoma State offered and pursued Stillwater High grad and Jones County J.C. offensive lineman Kelby Wickline, who decided to go play for father Joe Wickline at West Virginia.


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