With the Cowboys awaiting their bowl destination, the coaching staff had every opportunity to focus on Oklahoma State recruiting.
As the early signing period grows near, Oklahoma State coaches spent the week making in-home visits to verbal commits working to ensure strong connections to their prospect. Even with the drama regarding coach Mike Gundy and Tennessee, he and his coaching staff had plenty of time to connect with recruits.
Here’s a look at where things stand for the 2018 class:
Where Oklahoma State’s class ranks
Oklahoma State’s 2018 class is No. 28 nationally and No. 5 in the Big 12, according to 247Sports composite rankings. The class features a pair of 4-star players and 19 3-star players.
In addition to making a number of in-home visits, the Cowboys are also in the running for JUCO defensive end Azur Kamara, landing in his top 5. The next couple of weeks will be busy for Oklahoma State recruiting. With the Dec. 20 signing period quickly approaching, the Cowboys will make several recruiting efforts in that time while also preparing for their bowl game, wherever it will be played.
Offers by the numbers
- Reported offers: 131
- 5-star offers: 7
- 4-star offers: 46
- In-state recruits offered: 19
- Texas recruits offered: 71
- Louisiana recruits offered: 10
- Georgia recruits offered: 7
- WR CJ Moore, 4 stars, Union (Tulsa, Okla.)
- QB Spencer Sanders, 4 stars, Ryan (Denton, Texas)
- TE Jake Ross, 3 stars, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (Miami, Okla.)
- DT Israel Antwine, 3 stars, Millwood (Oklahoma City)
- WR Jonathan Shepherd, 3 stars, Kilgore (Texas)
- G Bryce Bray, 3 stars, Bixby (Okla.)
- CB JayVeon Cardwell, 3 stars, Steele (Cibolo, Texas)
- C Tyrese Williams, 3 stars, Cy Ridge (Houston)
- S Kanion Williams, 3 stars, South Oak Cliff (Dallas)
- T Hunter Anthony, 3 stars, Tuttle (Okla.)
- T Jacob Farrell, 3 stars, Sulphur (Okla.)
- DE Tyler Lacy, 3 stars, Sachse (Texas)
- ATH Jaelyn Nolan, 3 stars, Brownfield (Texas)
- LB Blake Barron, 3 stars, Rockwall (Texas)
- S Colby Peel, 3 stars, A&M Consolidated (College Station, Texas)
- S Jarrick Bernard, 3 stars, Evangel Christian Academy (Shreveport, La.)
- RB Jahmyl Jeter, 3 stars, William J. Brennan (San Antonio)
- S Jason Taylor, 3 stars, Carl Albert (Oklahoma City)
- T Hunter Woodard, 3 starts, Tuscola (Ill.)
- ATH Gabe Lemons, 3 stars, Coppell (Texas)
- DE Michael Scott, Trinity Valley Community College (Athens, Texas)
5 top uncommitted targets
4-star DT Tayland Humphrey, Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College
Humphrey took an official visit to Oklahoma State a couple of weeks ago. The No. 7 junior college recruit in the country is reportedly choosing among Oklahoma State, Florida International, Alabama and Louisville. His brother, John Bolding, considered the Cowboys but committed to Florida International; Humphrey had promised to play with Bolding initially. Bolding recently receiving an offer from Alabama. Bolding flipping to the Crimson Tide could put them in the lead for Humphrey.
4-star RB Lyn-J Dixon, Taylor County (Butler, Ga.)
Amid uncertainty at Tennessee, Dixon reopened his commitment in October. Now, the Cowboys appear to be among the teams he could end up with. Rivals.com’s Chad Simmons reported that Oklahoma State will be one of the four official school visits Dixon will make. Dixon, 247Sports’ No. 7 all-purpose back, visited Clemson a couple of weeks ago. Tennessee remains in the mix, as he’ll visit in early December. A week after visiting Louisville, Dixon will visit Oklahoma State on Dec. 15.
3-star DE Braden Cassity, Westlake (Austin, Texas)
Cassity visited Texas a couple of weeks ago, but the leaders for his services still appear to be Oklahoma State and Wisconsin. The Cowboys are one of his nine offers, which also include Army, Navy and Tulsa. At 6-foot-2, 240 pounds, Cassity could be a linebacker or defensive end, both of which have been positions of need for Oklahoma State in this recruiting class. Cassity is the No. 228 player in Texas.
3-star CB Haki Woods, Pima Community College (Tucson, Ariz.)
The Cowboys offered Woods last week. Woods would provide Oklahoma State with a veteran corner at a position where the Cowboys are young. Woods, a former Arizona commit, also has an offer from Oregon.
3-star DE Azur Kamara, Arizona Western College (Yuma, Ariz.)
The Cowboys are one of five teams still in position to nab Kamara, the No. 60 JUCO player. Oklahoma State, Iowa State, Ole Miss, Florida State and Utah make up his top 5.
Here’s a breakdown of the number of commits by position and how many are projected to be signed:
- QB: 2/2
- RB: 1/1
- TE: 1/1
- WR: 2/2
- OL: 5/5
- DL: 2/3
- LB: 1/2
- CB: 4/4
- S: 2/2
Here’s a breakdown of Oklahoma State commits by state:
- Texas: 12 (Barron, Cardwell, Jeter, Lacy, Lemons, Nolan, Peel, Sanders, Scott, Shepherd, K. Williams, T. Williams)
- Oklahoma: 7 (Anthony, Antwine, Bray, Farrell, Moore, Ross, Taylor)
- Louisiana: 1 (Bernard)
- Illinois: 1 (Woodard)
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