Illinois hasn't been a regular recruiting hotbed for Oklahoma State. I can remember that quarterback Wes Lunt came from there before transferring back. Now, Hunter Woodard is on the commitment list from Tuscola, Ill. He big, strong, and lean and looks like he will fit nicely as a future offensive lineman.
Hunter Woodard and his father made it to Oklahoma State this past March to check out a spring practice, but I have to admit that I didn't check Woodard out much. At that time I didn't know much about the Tuscola, Ill., offensive line prospect. I was more interested that day in watching LSU transfer wide receiver Tyron Johnson during that practice. Fast forward to Thursday and my interest was up as Woodard along with fellow Cowboy offensive line commitments Bryce Bray, Hunter Anthony, and Tyrese Williams were in helmets and shoulder pads and were actually doing one-on-one drills with living, breathing defensive linemen also on the Oklahoma State campus for the Down and Dirty Linemen Camp.
Woodard is 6-5, 277 pounds, very lean and possesses good athletic skills. His set on the pass pro drill is good. His feet are good, although he will learn to move them even faster. He is strong and it showed in his match-ups. I'm thinking only saw him challenged really once and on that rep he also had his hands a little high and got them caught in the facemask of a shorter defender.
"It was a lot of fun," Woodard said of the camp and meeting his future teammates. "I went well."
Woodard may ending being one of the steals of the recruiting class because his connection with Henson is they both come from smaller towns, Tuttle for Henson and another 2018 OSU offensive line commit in Hunter Anthony is also from Tuttle. Tuscola is a smaller agricultural community like Tuttle. After watching Woodard's tape and knowing he is 6-5, 277 pounds and lean, so lean his frame will support 315-320 pounds easy, I thought if you put him in Dallas or Houston in Texas or Oklahoma City or Tulsa in Oklahoma, he'd be a minimum four-star and have 20-30 offers or more. I believe Henson did his best evaluative work on finding Woodard.
Woodard seems to think so and feel like he and his family discovered a match in Henson and Oklahoma State.
"Really, there were a bunch of things that combined together," answered Woodard when asked why Oklahoma State. "Coach Henson has a similar background to me. I think (Coach) Gundy does too. I think they can really relate (to me). They really can make the best player out of me and I'm looking forward to the next four years with them."
The preview on Thursday was pretty entertaining, and probably more than that for Josh Henson and OL graduate assistant Carson Cramer.