Merry college football Christmas ya’ll!
On the inaugural Early National Signing Day, Oklahoma State has signed 22 players, including 4-stars Spencer Sanders and CJ Moore. Let’s take a look at #CowboyUp18:
Star rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The first LOI came just after 7 a.m. from Texas high school football POY Spencer Sanders. He comes in as the No. 7 dual-threat quarterback nationally and the No. 1 quarterback prospect in the state of Texas by ESPN.
Sanders had 226 completions for 3,621 yards last season and 51 touchdowns. He led his team to the 5A Texas state semi-finals. I can’t wait to see this kid play. While Taylor Cornelius is expected to get the starting job, look for Sanders to have his name in the race.
Spencer Sanders called in this morning to make sure his LOI was in first. Sanders said, "It's hard to lead when you're in the back." #OkState— Cameron Jourdan (@Cam_Jourdan) December 20, 2017
Gabe Lemmons was next to send his letter of intent at 7:10 a.m. The defensive back recruit hails from Prosper, Texas, where he played at Coppell HS. He was rated as the No. 65 Dallas-Fort Worth prospect by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
During his senior season, Lemons recorded 77 total tackles with 53 being solo and had four tackles for loss.
Jacob Farrell: @jfarrell_52
Farrell is from Sulphur, Oklahoma, where he played at Sulphur High School. The offensive lineman was ranked the No. 9 prospect in Oklahoma and the No. 44 player at his position by Rivals.
Farrell was a leader on an O-line that put up 571 points during his senior year. He was a four-time state football participant, going every year in his high school career.
Jake Ross: @JayRossIII
Ross is from Miami, Oklahoma. He will be a transfer from JUCO Northeast Oklahoma A&M. Ross will play Cowboyback for the Cowboys by ESPN.
He joined the Cowboys after being ranked the No. 3 JUCO prospect in the state of Oklahoma. Ross played in 6 games at NEO last year where he brought in two catches for 23 yards which included a touchdown.
Braden Cassity: (@BradenCass)
Cassity is from Austin, Texas, where he played for Austin Westlake High School. Fun fact, that is the same high school as New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees. He is listed as the No. 92 prospect in the state of Texas and as the No. 60 defensive back in the country by ESPN.
Cassity had 15 tackles for loss, 71 solo tackles and 101 total tackles in Westlake’s 14-1 season during his senior year.
Tanner McCalister: @tanmyman0217
Tanner McCalister is from Rockwall, Texas, where he played for Rockwall-Heath High School. The defensive back recently decommited from Arkansas and flipped to the Pokes on Dec. 17. McCalister is ranked as the No. 41 prospect in that nation by ESPN.
Mcalister had 35 total tackles and two interceptions during his senior year. McCalister should be a solid member of the backfield.
Lacy is from Sachse, Texas, where he played at Sachse High School. Ranked as the No. 23 strong-sided defensive end in his class and No. 81 in the state of Texas by 247sports.
Lacy didn’t lose a game in his last two seasons at Sachse. Had 60 total tackles and 11 tackles for loss during his senior season.
Weight 200 lbs
Bernard is a safety from Shreveport, Louisiana, where he played at Evangel Christian High School. The latest Cowboy from the Bayou State is the No. 21 prospect in Louisiana and the No. 32 safety recruit in the nation by ESPN.
Bernard had 38 tackles his sophomore season and lead Evangel to state semi-championship in 2017. He recorded two interceptions in that game.
Kanion Williams: @slimpick6ix
Star rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Another safety, Williams is from Dallas, Texas, where he went to South Oak Cliff High School. ESPN lists him as the No. 35 safety in the 2018 class and No. 109 player coming out of Texas.
Williams tallied 32 tackles with 24 solo and three TFL during the 2017 season.
Anthony is a offensive lineman from Tuttle, Oklahoma, where he played at Tuttle High School. Ranked by ESPN as the No. 59 OL prospect in the country and the No.11 prospect in Oklahoma.
Anthony helped Tuttle get to the playoffs three years while he was there. He was a leader on the line that helped them rush for 2,311 yards on 376 carries in 2017.
CJ Moore: @daddydimes35
Moore is a wide receiver from Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he played at Union High School. Ranked as the No. 2 prospect in the state by Rivals and the No. 16 wide receiver in this year’s class.
Moore and the Redskins went all the way to the Oklahoma High School state championship game before losing a close game to Owasso 21-14. Moore had 116 receptions for 1,878 yards and 35 touchdowns.
Blake Barron: @BlakeDynomite
Barron is a linebacker out of Rockwall, Texas, where he played at Rockwall High School. Ranked the No. 23 linebacker in the 2018 class by Rivals who also had him as the No. 88 prospect in the state of Texas.
Barron had 104 total tackles during his senior season with 75 of those being solo. He also racked up 13 tackles for loss.
Woodard is from Tuscola, Illinois, where he played at Tuscola High School. Woodard is ranked the No. 10 prospect out of Illinois for the year by ESPN.
He was a staple in the OL that scored 1,188 points in his last two season. This included his senior year in which the Warriors scored 659 points.
JayVeon Cardwell: @JayVeon003
Cardwell is a defensive back from Cibolo, Texas, where he played at Steele High School. The 6-foot defensive back comes in as the No. 48 WR recruit in the country by 247 sports.
Cardwell had 41 tackles including 24 unassisted tackles during the 2017 season that saw him win a state title.
Scott is a defensive end from Irving, Texas, where he played at Trinity Valley Community College last season. He was ranked No. 4 defensive end and the No. 4 overall prospect in the state of Texas by 247 sports.
Scott played in 10 games last season where he had 25 total tackles with 17 being solo, while adding four QB sacks.
Peel is a linbacker out of College Station, Texas, where he played at A&M Consolidated High School. ESPN ranks him as the No. 62 linebacker in the 2018 class.
He had 61 total tackles this season with 38 being solo. Peel also snatched an interception, forced a fumble and had three fumble recoveries.
Jason Taylor II:@JTII_25
Taylor is a safety commit out of Carl Albert High School in Oklahoma City. Taylor is ranked the No. 6 prospect in the state of Oklahoma and the No. 25 safety in the country by 247sports.
He won his second state championship in 2017. As a two-way player, Taylor made huge contributions on both sides of the ball. He caught 42 passes for nearly 800 yards on offense and had nine interceptions on defense.
Bryce Bray: @_bbray_75
Star rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Bryce Bray is an o-lineman from Bixby, Oklahoma where he played for Bixby high school. Ranked as the No.1 offensive guard in the state according to Rivals.
Bray won the state title his first three years and was a state runner-up this past season with Bixby. Was a key factor in a Bixby offensive line that helped the Spartans to rush for 210.2 yards per game in 2017.
Sean Flannagan: @smflanagan7
Flannagan is a safety out of Charleston, Arkansas, where he played at Charleston. He is ranked the No. 1 prospect out of Arkansas and No. 32 safety in the country by Rivals.
Flannagan was a late addition for the Cowboys, as he flipped his commitment from Arkansas to the Pokes on Monday. He also is a state champion, winning the title this past season. He finshed his career with nearly 200 tackles, nine interceptions, 14 pass break ups and two blocked field goals.
Jeter is a running back out of San Antonio, Texas where he played at Brennan High School. ESPN ranks him at No. 48 for running backs in this class.
Jeter rushed for 1,033 yards as a senior and had 16 rushing touchdowns.
Johnathan Shepard: @Kid_Kuddi15
Shepard is a wide reciever from Kilgore, Texas where he played for Kilgore High School. He ranks as the No. 75 prospect in the state by 247sports.
Shepard made a name for himself, reeling in over 1,000 career receiving yards in a run-heavy offense. He also had 20 catches for 500 yards and five touchdowns in his senior year.
Williams is a center from Houston Texas where he played at Cypress Ridge High School. Williams is ranked No. 40 offensive lineman by ESPN.
He was credited with more than 60 pancake blocks. He was on a line that help his team rush for 249.4 yards per game this past season.
There you have it folks your 2018 recruiting class! Gundy and crew will likely add a few more here and there, but with early signing day, this is the big one.
Welcome home to the Class of 2022!