Bob Przybylo/Scout

Recruiting the Orange Blitz

We believe there were over 100 prospects and signees at the Oklahoma State spring football game. We know of one new commitment, several new offers, and a full day for the OSU staff coaching and recruiting. It was Orange Blitz Saturday.

The day started out really well for the Cowboys as "Pistols Firing from Bixby" happened early. Oklahoma State gained a commitment from the player that may ascend to being the top offensive line prospect in the state. Bryce Bray was attractive because he is 6-5, 309 pounds and Oklahoma State had offered but his attention got much greater a few weeks ago in Frisco, Texas at the new Dallas Cowboys practice facility known as The Star when he made the top five offensive linemen and the top five linemen match-up at Nike's The Opening Regional. He got an offer from Oklahoma and other schools including Iowa State followed suit. Bray had been to Stillwater three times and was back again today after being at the OU spring game last Saturday and today he committed. 

“I really thought this was where I was gonna end up." said Bray over the phone Saturday morning, "I had that feeling. So, I told the coaches I was gonna be an Oklahoma State Cowboy. The main reason I thought I was gonna end up here, it’s the fit and the family.”

Bray was just one of the many prospects Oklahoma State had in that they had either offered or did offer on Saturday. In their effort to be in full compliance with NCAA rules in separating media from recruiting prospects while they are on the school's campus, Oklahoma State sent out a directive to media not to put themselves in connection with any prospects and while we have an individual secretly take roll at home games. Today we did not have that person and Zach Lancaster and I complied by not getting near the prospects. I did eyeball them in the stands and then many on the field after the game with coaches and talking to current Oklahoma State players so we have a modified list.

Thanks to Gabe Brooks of Scout and his being on Twitter and checking it out we know Oklahoma State extended three new offers today, at least two new offers.

One of those offers was to Sachse, Texas defensive end Tyler Lacy. The 6-4, 238 pound Lacy runs a 4.76 in the forty and has offers also from Arkansas State, Colorado State, UConn, Houston, Louisiana-Monroe, North Texas, SMU, Texas Tech, and TCU.

The other one was to four-star cornerback Tanner McCalister of Rockwall (Heath), Texas. McCalister is 5-11, 182 pounds and has offers from Colorado State, Houston, Kansas, Louisiana Tech, Mississippi State, Missouri, SMU, TCU, and Washington State in addition to the Cowboys. Last season he had 50 tackles, with three stops for losses, an impressive three fumbles caused, two fumbles recovered and an interception.

Sean Michael-Flanigan of Charleston High School in Arkansas is a safety prospect that was at the game on Saturday and earned an offer from the OSU staff as well. 

Committed players in the 2018 class that were in the stands included the quarterback in the class in Denton (Ryan), Texas signal caller Spencer Sanders. Sanders was joined by Rockwall, Texas linebacker Blake Barron; Tuttle, Okla., offensive tackle Hunter Anthony; new commitment from Bixby Bryce Bray, and tight end Nic McTear of Frisco (Heritage), Texas.

Other players we know have been offered and were at the Orange Blitz along with the new offers in Lacy, McCalister, and Flanigan were 2019 defensive back and brother of Cowboy running back Justice Hill in Daxton Hill; Fort Bend (Elkins), Texas safety Rodney McGraw II; Bossier City (Parkway), La., safety Israel Mukuamu; Tulsa Union wide receiver C.J. Moore; Springdale (Har-Ber), Ark., linebacker Oliver Nasilai; Brownfield, Texas cornerback Jaelyn Nolan; College Station (A&M Consolidated), Texas safety Kolby Peel; Fort Worth (North Richland Hills), Texas linebacker DeShaun White; and Dallas (South Oak Cliff), Texas safety Kanion Williams.

Yet other prospects that we know were there included Southmoore defensive back Doug Collins; Mansfield (Legacy), Texas offensive lineman Clayton Franks; Oklahoma City Millwood wide receiver Peanut Houston and his safety teammate Dezmond Howard; NEO A&M offensive lineman Ty Jordan; and Houston (Cy-Ridge) offensive lineman Tyrese Williams.  

Virtually all of the Cowboys incoming freshmen were there to see the team that they will join this summer. In all, we are estimating that between incoming scholarship players and preferred walk-ons, 2017 prospects that are committed, and then all of the other offered and recruited prospects in the 2018, 2019, and even a few 2020 players we believe may have been there we estimate that Mike Gundy and his staff did have over 100 visiting prospects or signees. I think the atmosphere was impressive, so we'll see how things go as the Oklahoma State staff starts hitting the road for spring evaluations as soon as Monday. 

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