The start of the early signing period for class of 2019 recruits is this coming Wednesday, December 19th. While not everyone is expected to commit, most players who have made their decisions are expected to sign, with some big names setting the first couple of days of the signing period as their official announcement days.
We’ve already looked at where Oklahoma State’s 2019 class stands, with 21 out of 25 possible scholarships already accounted for. Today, we are going to look at where Oklahoma State is hoping to use those remaining four scholarships.
There are two targets specifically that Oklahoma State is working hard to land. The commitment of; 4-star running back Deondrick Glass and 4-star receiver Langston Anderson. Coaches, including Gundy himself, made visits to Glass and Anderson this past week.
Let’s break down where the recruitment of each player stands and the likelihood they choose Oklahoma State:
This is one every Oklahoma State fan and reporter has been covering and following for awhile, and even more so now. While OSU has a commitment in JUCO back Dezmon Jackson, with Justice Hill leaving early for the NFL and J.D. King transferring to Georgia Southern, the Cowboys could really use a 4-year talent to replace them.
Oklahoma State made the final six for Glass, along with ‘Bama, Georgia, Miami, Texas, and Michigan. What’s interesting about those other five teams is that for four of them, Glass feels like a fall back if their top targets don’t work out or if someone decommits.
Glass has called ‘Bama the favorite, but will likely be out of the running if 5-star back Trey Sanders commits to the Crimson Tide as expected. Similarly for Texas, four-star, top-150 running back Noah Cain is considered to be leaning Longhorns, and would give them two backs in the class.
Oklahoma State feels like the girl at the bar you take home when the lights come on at 2 a.m. and none of your other options work out. The other problem for OSU here is that Glass isn’t committing until the Blue-Grey All American Game on January 14th, meaning if they don’t land Glass, they may not have another option by the time the second signing period rolls around.
Oklahoma State is still the crystal ball favorite on 247Sports with all nine predictions leaning orange. I don’t love OSU’s chances the way I once did, especially with Miami, who doesn’t have an RB commit, in the mix.
To be honest, I’m leaning toward Glass ending up somewhere other than Oklahoma State by the end of all of this.
Oklahoma State does not have a wide receiver committed for 2019, though the position still has plenty of talent, youth, and depth. It makes sense, with all four starting receivers from 2018 set to return, and plenty of talented freshmen and sophomores waiting in the wings, that the coaching staff would put more emphasis on landing one talented recruit.
So far, the coaching staff has missed out on their top targets, including Demariyous Houston and Jadon Jackson. The last remaining guy is Anderson, but even that doesn’t look great.
Baylor is the favorite to land Anderson and has been for while. 10 of 12 predictions on 247Sports are for the Bears with Oklahoma State and Texas each receiving one vote. I haven’t seen anything to indicate he’s leaning toward Oklahoma State, and actually think his visit to Ole Miss this weekend might put the Rebels in front of the Cowboys.
Anderson is set to announce his final decision on December 19th, so we won’t have to wait too long to find out his selection.
Similar to Glass, I have a feeling Anderson is going to end up picking a hat with different colors than orange and black.
Oklahoma State has already missed out on one of their other top targets, JUCO defensive end LaRon Stokes Jr., who announced his commitment to Oklahoma on Sunday night.
It’s very likely the Cowboys will continue to look for a running back and more experienced help on the defensive line moving forward.
We’ll dive further into those after the early signing period ends on Friday.