On Saturday we looked at the way the Oklahoma State squad sets up for the 2017 season and how the recruiting needs would shape up for the 2018 recruiting class. Honestly, the offensive line situation should be solid for the next two seasons, but 2018 is a key year to go get high school offensive linemen.
A problem with prep offensive linemen is it is very difficult to project them out very far. You can't look at linemen in the high school freshman and sophomore classes and be confident of how solid they will be as prospects when it comes time to sign them and bring them into the college level.
It is a little clearer with skill positions and that is what you are finding with Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy and his staff as they have already offered six sophomores from this past high school season as potential members of Cowboys class for 2019, and they have offered two cornerbacks that would potentially the ground floor of the class of 2020.
Here is a rundown of the youngest of Oklahoma State scholarship offered prospects, including the younger brother of current Oklahoma State freshman All-American Justice Hill. We have already spotlighted Daxton Hill and he was present on Saturday, Jan. 28, for the Pokes Junior Day and attending the Oklahoma State basketball win over Arkansas.
OSU's 2019 Offers
Ath., 6-1, 174
Tulsa (Booker T. Washington), Okla.
Hill is not a running back, at least not yet, as he has played cornerback and wide receiver for the Hornets during his freshman and sophomore seasons. The thing I like the most about him from watching video is he is physical. He had a play with the opponent in the score zone at about the 3-yard line and he is playing tight and cuts up under the offensive tackle and uses a gap to get straight in the backfield and make a physical tackle on the back for a five-yard loss. Hill reportedly runs in the 4.6 range and at this stage that is likely, but he shows the same explosion as his older brother with a 36.6-inch vertical jump and that will get better. He had 13 receptions for 114 yards and a touchdown this past season. He had 45 tackles and two interceptions. As a freshman, he had 62 tackles, two interceptions with one returned for a score, and a fumble caused. Oklahoma State and OU are his reported offers.
Jumbo Ath., 6-4, 230
Boomer was offered after camp at OSU over the summer. He is from Collinsville, where linebacker Levi Draper pledged and then de-committed from OSU to go to OU. His older brother and solid Collinsville QB Seth Boomer signed with Tulsa. Boomer has good speed for his size and is rangy. He moves well and is only going to get stronger. He plays more defense for Collinsville, but I like him, if he went to Oklahoma State, as a future Cowboy back. He has good hands and for a player that doesn't play as much offense has natural ball skills and high points the ball well. Those traits come from basketball, where he is really good for Collinsville. He has offers from Oklahoma State, Iowa State (came really early), Nebraska, Texas Tech, and Tulsa.
Grant Gunnell (pictured above)
QB, 6-6, 205
Houston (St.Pius X), Texas
A private school prospect from one of the better private school football programs in the state of Texas. He is tall but moves pretty good for his size. In the future he will be a lot like a Mason Rudolph, run some, but even better at moving around in the pocket and using his best weapon, his arm. He seems to see the field well and makes really good decisions on where to go with the football. His freshman and sophomore stats prove that. As a freshman, he was 96-of-158 passing for 1,435 yards with 16 touchdowns and just four interceptions. Last season he was 271-of-387 passing for 4,970 yards (yes, that's right) and 71 touchdowns and just 11 interceptions. Those are similar numbers to Rudolph in high school, especially the touchdown-to-interceptions ratio. Combine the past two seasons, he has run 105 times for 678 yards and another 12 touchdowns. His offer list is big already with Oklahoma State, Arizona State, Baylor, Florida State, Georgia, Houston, Louisville, LSU, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, Texas, and Texas A&M.
RB, 5-11, 203
Denton (Guyer), Texas/Bradenton (IMG Academy), Fla.
Cain is very talented and now seems to think he will be on more of a national recruiting stage as he has decided to go to IMG Academy. I'm going to use this situation as my editorial on IMG Academy. Cain rushed for 1,683 yards and 22 touchdowns this season at Guyer High School while playing for one of the best coaches in Texas in John Walsh, who does nothing but win and turn out quality young men, both as players and people, that have gone on to play college football all over the region. Cain said it was a tough decision. I will tell you it was an unnecessary decision. He was in a better place at Guyer. I totally agree with the Texas High School Coaches Association on not Texas schools boycotting playing IMG Academy and I don't like what it is doing to high school football. Okay, Cain is awesome. He is strong, has good vision, and a great burst when he needs it. His offers have come from Oklahoma State, LSU, Miami (Fla.), Nebraska, OU, Texas A&M, UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State, and Texas Tech.
WR, 6-1, 185
Whittingham is a superior prospect in that he is already very physically mature as a sophomore in high school. He has excellent body control, very good anticipation and ball skills, he high points the football, and he is strong both in securing the catch and then running after it against defenders. This season he rushed 41 times for 336 yards. He caught 44 passes for 797 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also played defense and picked off six passes, returning two of them for touchdowns. Whittingham showed his explosion again and his vision by returning two punts for scores and one kickoff for a touchdown. Joining Oklahoma State in pursuit of the Cuero comet are Ohio State, OU, TCU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Baylor, Houston, Missouri, and Texas.
RB, 5-10, 185
Glass is another really talented running back prospect from Katy. Glass showed so much maturity and growth, both physically and mentally, from his freshman season to his sophomore season that it will be a lot of fun to watch the progress over the next two high school seasons. This past fall he had 184 carries for 1,912 yards and 30 touchdowns. I have to think that is a Texas sophomore record. His freshman season wasn't bad at all, he had 48 carries for 628 yards and 14 touchdowns. Actually, the yards per carry average was close with 13.1-ypc as a frosh and 10.4-ypc as a sophomore. Arkansas. Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas A&M, and Washington have joined Oklahoma State in offering a scholarship to Glass.
OSU's 2020 Offers
CB, 5-10, 165
Southlake (Carroll), Texas
R.J. is the son of former Texas A&M and NFL player Ray Mickens. He was a full-time starter for the Dragons, one of the best Texas high school football programs around, and posted awesome numbers as a freshman with 36 total tackles, a tackle for loss, three interceptions, and two fumbles caused. Arizona, Duke, Nebraska, OU, and UCLA have joined Oklahoma State in offering Mickens after his first season of high school varsity football.
CB, Lancaster, Texas
Johnson played predominantly on the freshman and junior varsity teams at Lancaster but did suit up later in the season and in the playoffs. We could not find any statistics and all we found was a 16-second highlight clip. Apparently, he has shown up enough and looks good enough in presence to attract scholarship offers because Oklahoma State and TCU have reportedly offered.