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Updated 2018 OSU Football Recruiting Analysis

Oklahoma State's football staff started out on the road this week, some of them, and the rest will follow over the rest of April and May for the evaluations. The 2018 class is off the a good start but there is plenty to do to get the best 25 and the right mix by position.

We used to do an exercise on here called “Guess the Recruiting Class” but I’m going to modify it to “Analyze the Building of the Recruiting Class” and add where the class is and how outside aspects and roster situations inside the Oklahoma State program have changed what is going on.

 

This past week Oklahoma State added commitments from two offensive linemen and an athlete that will likely play on defense. There was also a pretty significant judgement that will impact the upcoming recruiting class in the NCAA already awarding defensive Jordan Brailford an extra year of eligibility making him a RS-sophomore this season instead of a junior. Of course, Brailford missed the spring game and will rehab a shoulder injury this summer. That could change a scholarship designation within the 2018 class.

 

We start with where we project the scholarships to go and we know with the projected NCAA rule change that there are 25 scholarships in the 2018 class and 25 only. Here is our projection on where they are appropriated.

 

2018 Recruiting Class

 

QB (1) – Spencer Sanders, Denton (Ryan), Texas

RB (2) – TBA

WR (3) – TBA

CW (2) – Nic McTear, Frisco (Heritage), Texas and TBA

OL (6) – Hunter Anthony, Tuttle, Okla., Bryce Bray, Bixby, Okla., Hunter Woodard, Tuscola, Ill., and TBA

DT (2) – TBA

DE (2) – TBA

LB (2) – Blake Baron, Rockwall, Texas and TBA

CB (2) – TBA

Saf (3) – Jaelyn Nolan, Brownsfield, Texas and TBA

 

Those projections are ours and not those of Oklahoma State football as I know they usually keep one scholarship on either side of the football for a potential difference maker and I’m sure they are doing so again. I went ahead and projected out positions, but on offense they could shrink at receiver, Cowboy back, or possibly offensive line. On defense, they could shave off a defensive end or linebacker. I really don’t believe they need to use a scholarship for a specialist as Sinor is there through the 2018 season and there are no senior specialist. They took Jake McClure, a combo kicker and punter in the 2017 class.

 

Here is the way we project out the 2018 class in numbers and with our choices in order of the players offered at each position. We have left recruits that were offered and committed elsewhere to show who Oklahoma State is coming with, but we have deleted recruits that were offered at positions that have filled up.  

 

Position (# looking for - # committed)

 

Quarterbacks (1 - 1)

Spencer Sanders, QB, 6-2, 190, Denton (Ryan), Texas - Verbally committed to Oklahoma State

Casey Thompson, QB, 6-1, 185, Moore (Southmoore), Okla. - Verbally committed to Texas

 

Quarterback is filled, but you have to stay on top of it (Remember the Nick Starkel situations and OU just got jabbed by Cameron Rising, their quarterback commitment, who switched on Saturday from OU to Texas. I believe that Sanders is solid. OSU has already stayed strong with him through that late season (playoffs) ACL tear. I really don’t care about his ACL issues, fixed and fine. I think Sanders is a superb talent and a great fit for the offense.

 

Running Backs (2 - 0)

Lyn-J Dixon, RB, 5-11, 185, Butler (Taylor County), Ga.

Jaelen Gill, RB, 6-1, 182, Westerville (South), Ohio – Verbally committed to Ohio State

James Graham, RB, 6-1, 190, Fitzgerald, Ga. - AppSt, Ark, Cincy, GaSo, Md, Miami, OSU, Tulane, VT, WKU, FSU, UH, IaSt, KU

Keontay Ingram, RB, 6-0, 190, Carthage, Texas - Ark, Bay, Mich, ND, OSU, OU, TCU, UT, A&M, Tech, UCLA, IaSt, KU, Minn

Jawhar Jordan, RB, 5-10, 170, Hamilton, Ariz. - OSU, Idaho, IaSt, UNLV

Jordan Moore, RB, 6-1, 186, Yoakum, Texas/IMG Academy, Fla. - Bama, Aub, UGA, LSU, Mich, Neb, ND, OSU, OhSt, OU, Ore, Tenn, UT, A&M

Tae Provens, RB, 6-1, 180, Gey (Madison County), Ala. - Aub, LSU, Mem, MTSU, MsSt, OSU, Tenn, Troy, USC

Deion Smith, RB, 5-11.5, 180, Houston (Second Baptist), Texas

Master Teague, RB, 5-11, 194, Murfreesboro (Blackman), Tenn. - GT, UL, Miss, NW, OSU, SCar, Tenn, Vandy

 

Oklahoma State will look for two even while they don’t have a scholarship senior at the position. Hill is good and really all five of the players behind him have legitimate chances to be good. I love Ingram, but since Oklahoma State offered he has blown up. Graham is a quarterback at Fitzgerald, but a skill player in college. I think any of these players fit, but if neither Wilson on the freshman King seem to be an answer then Oklahoma State will need to look for a big back and I’m pretty certain that guy is not on this list.

 

Wide Receivers (3 - 0)

Miles Battle, WR, 6-4, 188, Houston (Cy-Creek), Texas 

Tommy Bush, WR, 6-5, 184, Schertz (Clemons), Texas - Az, Bay, UH, MichSt, OSU, TCU, CSU, UNT, SMU, TSU, UTSA

Ja'Marr Chase, WR/DB, 6-0, 195, Metarie (Archbishop Rummel), La. - Verbally committed to Kansas

Byron Hanspard, Jr., WR, 6-0, 170, DeSoto, Texas - Verbally committed to Arkansas

Lawrence Keys, WR, 5-11, 170, New Orleans (McDonogh 35), La. 

Terrace Marshall, Jr., WR, 6-4, 190, Bossier City (Parkway), La. - Bama, Aub, LSU, MsSt, OSU, OU, TCU, A&M, UCLA, Ark, Bay, UH, Miami, Tenn, UK, ULL, MU, UNC, UTSA 

C.J. Moore, WR, 6-4, 175, Tulsa (Union), Okla. - Bama, Aub, Bay, UGA, Miami, OSU, OhSt, Ore, TCU, VT, A&M, Cincy, UL, OU, Tech

Joshua Moore, WR, 6-2, 175, Yoakum, Texas/IMG Academy, Fla.

Al'Vonte Woodard, WR, 6-1, 193, Houston (Lamar), Texas - Bay, Miss, OhSt, UT, A&M, Tech, CU, Duke, MsSt, OSU, WVU, KU, IU, OrSt, Tulsa

 

Even in losing the trio of James Washington, Marcell Ateman, and Chris Lacy the Cowboys are still loaded at receiver, but you have to keep reloading. This entire list is talented and I really like C.J. Moore and I think he favors Oklahoma State. Battle is another very talented big receiver and I think Keys is another McCleskey and I will take as many of that type player as I could get. Trust me, this list will be expanded as this month goes on because, as a recruiter, Kasey Dunn is a good evaluator that expands his list and finds talent others miss. There will be schools following Dunn’s leads.

 

Cowboys Backs (2 - 1)

Luke Ford, TE, 6-6, 250, Carterville, Ill. - Ill, OSU, Ark, SIU

Christian Trahan, TE, 6-3, 238, Sulphur, La. - LaTech, ULL, ULM, OSU, SMU, Tulane

Will Mallory, TE, 6-5, 205, Jacksonville (Providence), Fla. – Verbally committed to Miami (Fla.)

Nic McTear, TE, 6-4, 220, Frisco (Heritage), Texas - Verbally committed to Oklahoma State 

Mustapha Muhammad, TE, 6-5, 230, Fort Bend (Ridge Point), Texas - Bama, Aub, Ark, Clem, CU, FSU, UF, UGA, UH, Miss, Mich, MsSt, MU, Neb, ND, OSU, OhSt, OU, Ore, PSU, TCU, Tenn, UT, UCLA, USC, Wis  

Zach Sheffer, TE, 6-3, 230, Ponte Vedra (Nease), Fla. - Aub, BC, Clem, Ark, UL, LSU, Mich, Minn, Miss, OSU, OhSt, Rut

Bralen Taylor, TE, 6-8, 223, Cuero, Texas - Bay, UH, OSU, UTSA

 

One of the best examples of how other schools follow Oklahoma State is Nic McTear at tight end/Cowboy back. The Cowboys offer and then McTear’s recruiting blows up. It happens more times than not. They will have to work hard to keep McTear, who is as good looking a recruit at this position as you will find. I like the Cowboys chances with Trahan out of Sulphur, La. I also expect this list will expand through evaluations as Jason McEndoo is always on the lookout.

 

Offensive Linemen (18 - 3)

Hunter Anthony, OT, 6-7, 330, Tuttle, Okla. - Verbally committed to Oklahoma State

Colten Blanton, OL, 6-8, 280, Cypress (Cy-Ranch), Texas – Verbally committed to Texas A&M

Bryce Bray, OT, 6-5, 309, Bixby, Okla. - Verbally committed to Oklahoma State

Barton Clement, OL, 6-3, 305, Fort Bend (Marshall), Texas

Owen Condon, OT, 6-7, 300, Oklahoma City (Bishop McGuinness), Okla. - Ark, OSU, UGA, Tulsa Vandy, WaSt, ArkSt, KU, Tech, SMU, Tulsa

Vick Curne, OL, 6-5, 308, Houston (Second Baptist), Texas

Justin Dedich, OC/OG, 6-2, 290, Temecula (Chaparral), Calf. - UCLA, Wash, OSU, AzSt, CU, CSU, Fresno, Boise, KU, IaSt, Nev, SDSt, Utah, WaSt, UNLV

Rafiti Ghirmai, OL, 6-5, 290, Frisco (Wakeland), Texas - UT, TCU, Bama, UF, LSU, UCLA, Ore, UGA, OhSt, Mich, OSU

Chasen Hines, OC, 6-3, 340, Marshall, Texas - Verbally committed to LSU

Steven Jones, OT, 6-5, 315, Temecula (Chaparral), Calf. - AzSt, Boise, Cal, CU, IaSt, OSU, Ore, SDSt, TCU, UNLV, Utah, Wash, WaSt

Reese Moore, OL, 6-5, 268, Seminole, Texas

Casey Phillips, OL, 6-5, 260, Franklin, Texas - Verbally committed to Baylor

Darrell Simpson, II, OL, 6-7, 330, Justin (Northwest), Texas 

Trey Stratford, OL, 6-3.5, 270, Allen, Texas

Max Wilhite, OL, 6-4, 295, Goodyear (Desert Edge), Arizona

Cameron Wire, OL, 6-7, 260, Gonzales (East Ascension), La.

Tyrese Williams, OL, 6-3, 285, Houston (Cy-Ridge), Texas - OSU, GT, Cal. UNT, UTSA, TxSt, NM, Tulsa, UCF, Utah

Hunter Woodard, OL, 6-5, 296, Tuscola, Ill., - Verbally committed to Oklahoma State

 

Josh Henson is getting complimented left and right and should. His recruiting skills are excellent but his evaluation skills may be better. Woodard is the example here. He had offers and after Oklahoma State offered, several schools like Illinois and Minnesota jumped in. He was an NR with Scout and now a two-star, but he’ll wind up a three-star. He is 6-4 ½, 290 pounds and flat-bellied. If he were in the DFW-area versus being from a smaller community in Illinois then he would be a four-star. The security in this is Oklahoma State is after some highly recruited prospects on the offensive line, but if they don’t get them then the unsung prospects will be guys other schools missed. That said. I like Oklahoma State getting Wilhite out of Arizona. I also think Tyrese Williams is a solid get if he comes on board.

  

Defensive Linemen (4 - 0)

Israel Antwine, DT, 6-2.5, 286, Oklahoma City (Millwood), Okla. - OSU, TCU, MU, SMU, Tulsa, Miss, UNT, ArkSt

Calvin Avery, DT, 6-2, 310, Dallas (Bishop Dunne), Texas - CU, Neb, OSU, OU, TCU, UT, A&M, UH, MsSt, SMU

Jarell Cherry, DE, 6-3, 230, Dallas (Carter), Texas – Verbally committed to LSU

Izaih Filikitonga, DE, 6-3, 238, Euless (Trinity), Texas - OSU, TCU, Utah, UtSt

Tayland Humphrey, DT, 6-7, 360, Hutcheson C.C., Kan./Spring (Klein Oak), Texas  

Jordan Kelley, DT/DE, 6-3, 250, Tulsa (Union), Okla. - Verbally committed to Oklahoma

Tyler Lacy, DE, 6-4, 238, Sachse, Texas - OSU, ArkSt, CSU, UConn, UH, ULM, UNT, SMU, Tech, TCU 

Joshua Landry, DT, 6-3, 253, Houston (Lamar), Texas

Ochaun Mathis, DE, 6-5, 210, Manor, Texas - Verbally committed to TCU

Moro Ojomo, DT, 6-2, 255, Katy, Texas - OSU, TCU, SMU, TexSt

Joseph Ossai, DE, 6-4, 211, Conroe (Oak Ridge), Texas

Jalen Redmond, DE, 6-4, 222, Midwest City, Okla. - OSU, OU

Ron Tatum, DE, 6-4, 250, Oklahoma City (Putnam City), Okla - Bama, KU, OSU, OU, UT, Tech

Trevor Trout, DT, 6-4, 295, St.Louis (Chaminade College Prep), Mo.

Sam Vakalahi, DT, 6-2, 300, Salt Lake City (East), Utah

 

This may be as key an area as any. I really think the defensive tackle recruits in this class will need to be anchors or stalwarts at the position. Darrion Daniels is that kind of player and he is a junior this season. It is time to find those defensive tackle anchors. I hope they get Israel Antwine as he is getting more popular by the second. Calvin Avery and Sam Vakalahi are other really good targets and the list likely will expand. At defensive end my top choice, and he will be hard to get, is Midwest City standout Jalen Redmond. This is likely a straight Bedlam battle and between brothers as Cale Gundy is involved on the OU side with Mike as the OSU head coach.

 

Linebackers (2 - 1)

Ayodele Adeoye, LB, 6-2, 225, St. Louis (Ritenour), Mo. 

$Blake Barron, LB, 6-1, 215, Rockwall, Texas - Verbally committed to Oklahoma State

Michael Harris, LB, 6-2, 217, Hampton (Tucker), Ga.

Byron Hobbs, Star LB, 6-4, 205, Fort Worth (Eastern Hills), Texas - Verbally committed to Texas

Bumper Pool, LB, 6-2, 215, Lovejoy, Texas - Verbally committed to Arkansas

DaShaun White, LB, 6-1, 203, Fort Worth (North Richland Hills), Texas - OSU, TCU, A&M, ArkSt, UH, CSU, Ind, LT, UNT, Miss, Tulsa, UCLA

 

Good start with Barron and he is not only a good player but immediately started recruiting other prospects to join him at Oklahoma State. I hate that Texas got Hobbs as OSU offered him first and I thought he and his family were close to committing on the Junior Day in Stillwater. White is the top target to add to Barron here and White knows it, has even tweeted about it. You can tell he is impressed by it, now it needs to turn into devotion and a commitment. I also really like the kid from Missouri in Adeoye. An offer that could soon be added would by Oliver Nasilai out of Springdale, Ark. I like him a lot.

 

Secondary (5-1)

Starrland Baldwin, CB, 5-10.5, 175, Cypress (Cy-Falls), Texas 

Anthony Cook, CB, 6-1, 175, Houston (Lamar), Texas

B.J. Foster, Saf, 6-3, 185, Angleton, Texas

Trent Gordon, CB, 5-11, 172, Manvel, Texas - Verbally committed to Penn State

Gemon Green, CB, 6-1, 170, DeSoto, Texas – Verbally committed to Michigan

German Green, DB, 6-2, 173, DeSoto, Texas – Verbally committed to Michigan

Jalen Green, CB, 6-2, 175, Houston (Heights), Texas

D'Shawn Jamison, CB, 5-10, 173, Houston (Lamar), Texas

Wayne Jones, Saf, 6-1, 190, Owasso, Okla. - OSU, KSU, Ark, TU

Jeremiah Lewis, CB, 5-11, 175, Plano (Prestonwood Christian), Texas

Tanner McCalister, Saf, 5-11, 182, Rockwall (Heath), Texas - OSU, CSU, UH, KU, LaTech, MsSt, MU, SMU, TCU, WaSt 

Rodney McGraw, Saf, 6-2, 175, Missouri City (Fort Bend Elkins), Texas

Verone McKinley, III, CB, 5-11, 175, Lewisville (Hebron), Texas

Sean Michael-Flanigan, WR/Saf, 6-1, 181, Charleston, Ark. - ArkSt, Mem, OSU

Trevor Moehrig-Woodard, CB, 6-1, 175, Spring Branch (Smithson Valley), Texas – Verbally committed to TCU

Israel Mukuamu, Saf, 6-4, 190, Bossie City (Parkway), La. - OSU, IU, Pur, SMU, SoCar, USM, Wake, Charl, CoCar, UTSA, Tulane

DeMarvion Overshown, Saf, 6-2, 190, Arp, Texas - OSU, SMU, USM, TCU, VT, UTSA

Leon O'Neal, Jr., Saf, 6-3, 190, Cypress (Cy-Springs), Texas

Kolby Peel, Saf, 6-2, 190, College Station (A&M Consolidated), Texas

Joshua Proctor, Saf, 6-3, 190, Owasso, Okla. - Verbally committed to Ohio State

Caden Sterns, DB, 6-1, 175, Cibolo (Steele), Texas - Verbally committed to LSU

Christian Tutt, CB, 5-11, 180, Thomson, Ga.

Julon Williams, CB, 5-10, 192, Converse (Judson), Texas 

Kanion Williams, Saf, 6-2, 177, Dallas (South Oak Cliff), Texas - OSU, Az, AzSt, ArkSt, MU, UH, ULM, UtSt

 

I am counting Nolan below as a safety or possibly a corner. I just think he is an athlete for the defensive side of the football. I’m not afraid of the Cowboys missing out here. I think they will get what they need. It could take awhile as corners and safeties know their value is greater than ever these days. I think there is a huge chance that Owasso’s Wayne Jones ends up on the Oklahoma State list. It will be a battle with Arkansas there and I think if he looks at it that the Cowboys could be a quicker trip to the two-deep and major playing time. Lots of possibilities and lots of competition, but Tim Duffie and Dan Hammerschmidt do a really good job in evaluations and recruiting, so the position will be handled.

 

Athletes

Taye Barber, Ath./QB, 5-10, 175, Cypress (Cy-Springs), Texas

Jaelyn Nolan, Ath./QB-WR-Saf, 6-3, 185, Brownfield, Texas - Verbally committed to Oklahoma State

Jaylen Waddle, Ath./WR, 5-10, 170, Houston (Bellaire Episcopal), Texas


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