Cowboy Basketball had a wildly successful week with HCMB straight up draining 3’s at the buzzer to (likely) complete his 2018 recruiting class. Football recruiting efforts have shifted completely to 2019 (and 2020) but the momentum is really starting to pick up as football matched the two basketball commitments with tw of its own.
Overall, it was a pretty great week to be a Cowboy. Let’s take a look at the football side of the equation.
Austin Johnson, ★★★ OG // 6’4 // 260, Littleton, CO
This was an intriguing offer for a couple reasons. The first of which is that he’s already committed to Colorado. The second is that OSU has already offered two of his teammates, Drake Nugent and Michael Lee... who also play on the offensive line. I’m no expert, but having 3 D1 lineman on the same high school team (in Colorado no less) seems good. This offer likely comes from Johnson saying in an interview that he’d like to play with Nugent (who does not have a Colorado offer) at the next level.
Jacoby Jones, N/R DE // 6-4 // 245, Butler C.C., KA
Oklahoma State has had a ton of success getting dudes from this talent rich community college in Kansas (Enoch Smith, Chris Carson, etc.) and they’re looking to dip into that well again for defensive line reinforcements.
Check out his highlights here:
Zach Calzada, ★★★ 2019 QB // 6’3 // 195, Sugar Hill, GA
Calzada has really been a late bloomer in his recruitment but he has grown in size (up from 5’10 in just over a year!) and recognition as of late and I think it’s safe to say he’s no longer flying under the radar. He has picked up offers from Maryland, Iowa, North Carolina, Vanderbilt, Mizzou, West Virginia, Northwestern, and Pitt to go along with the Pokes in the month of May alone!
OSU and Mike Yurcich are working hard on the trail to find their 2019 QB after seemingly striking out on the likes of Grant Gunnell and Calzada has said he’s not looking to drag out his commitment once he finds the school he loves. Keep a close eye on this one as I think his recruitment will progress quickly once he sets up his visits.
TJ Finley, ★★★ 2020 QB // 6’6 // 225, Ponchatoula, LA
Finley is a huge pro-style QB out of SEC territory that already boasts offers from Alabama, Auburn, Ole Miss, and Mississippi State among others as a sophomore! He won’t be a 3-star or unrated by most recruited services for long.
Deuce Hogan, N/R 2020 QB // 6’4 // 190, Grapevine, TX
First of all, what a fantastic name. With his age, his recruitment has really just begun in earnest but in the time since OSU offered six days ago, Iowa, Iowa State, Tulsa, Boston College, and Colorado have added to his suddenly exploding offer list. It makes since when you see that this coach’s son has already led his team to a (TAPPS II) state championship with a big arm and prototypical QB size in just a sophomore(!!).
Enoch Jackson, ★★★ 2019 DT // 6’0 // 290, Mansfield, TX
Jackson released his Top-8 earlier this week and OSU was included:
He hails from Mansfield, TX which is now one of OSU fans’ favorite places. More pertinently, he’s a big strong run-stopper with good athleticism for his size. As you’ll see in the commitment section below, his announcement preceded what was an excellent week for Cowboy DL coaches Joe Bob Clements and Greg Richmond.
Deondrick Glass, ★★★★ 2019 RB // 5’11 // 190, Katy, TX
Glass recently released his Top-10 and America’s Brightest Orange made the cut:
Sorry for the wait!!! here's my TOP 10 pic.twitter.com/UYkbnApdDA— Deondrick Glass (@deondrickglass) May 11, 2018
Glass is a blue-chip prospect and one of the best players in the state of Texas for 2019. He already holds offers from all the blue blood schools so he can truly go wherever he wants when he makes up his mind. As such, he tops the dream RB list for the Pokes’ 2019 class.
Andrew Raym, ★★★★ 2020 OT // 6’4 // 275, Broken Arrow, OK
Raym is an absolute stud on the line as a sophomore and he committed to OU very early on back in November. A little over a week ago he announced his decommitment:
After careful consideration I have thought long and hard about my recruitment, I have decided re-open my recruitment process. Oklahoma University is still greatly in mind. Thank you for understanding.— Andrew Raym7️⃣2️⃣ (@andrew_raymBAHS) May 4, 2018
While this is notable because it came shortly after he attended the OSU spring game, other fanbases are thinking similar thoughts. In my opinion, he probably just realized he wanted to take his time a little bit more in the process. However, I certainly wouldn’t count Josh Henson out as he’s proven to be a stud in his short stint so far in Stillwater.
Isreal Isuman-Hundley, ★★★ 2019 DE // 6’5 // 230, Argyle, TX
The first commitment of four Cowboy football and basketball commitments came on Wednesday from Isuman-Hundley:
Isuman-Hundley has a long, lanky frame for a DE and could really become a monster after a year or two with Body by Glass™. He became the fifth commitment for the 2019 class and the second on the defensive line.
Xavier Ross, ★★★ 2019 DT // 6’3 // 285, Cedar Hill, TX
The last commitment for this great week came just yesterday from Ross:
Ross comes from Texas powerhouse Cedar Hill and becomes the third DL of the class and sixth overall for what is now ranked the 38th class nationally and sixth in the Big 12.
It’s still early in the cycle, but the 2019 class is clearly beginning to pick up steam.