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.
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.
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