Following what was a whirlwind of a week for basketball recruiting to finish the 2018 class and a successful week for football to match, it appears we could be headed for the dog days of summer. Recruiting never stops, but you can’t always have the objectively fantastic week Oklahoma State had last week. That said, there was still some exciting news so lets dive into a dual-sport version of On the Trail.
Basketball felt it more than football, as we literally hit the end of the late signing period for 2018 on Wednesday. Even the indomitable Coach Boynton took a couple days to fall off the grid.
Off the grid for a couple of days days... And will be sharpening my toolkit. I promised my team that I will get better this summer. Here we go!!! #Committed2Excellence #C2E pic.twitter.com/IXXe7SESpk— Mike Boynton (@thacoachmike) May 15, 2018
He made it clear he was still the embodiment of #LetsWork and knowing him he probably didn’t completely cut himself off from the recruiting trail.
That said the biggest news of the week for basketball came from two current 2019 commits
Kalib Boone, ★★★★ 2019 PF // 6’8 // 190, Tulsa, OK
Keylan Boone, ★★★ 2019 SF // 6’6 // 175, Tulsa, OK.
The Oklahoma wündertwins took a massive step towards national recognition after a breakout start to their summer AAU circuit. According to 247Sports newest rankings,Kalib came in as the 105th ranked player nationally and has climbed all the way up to a four-star prospect. Keylan arrived as the 217th player nationally and jumped from N/R to 3-stars. I wrote about it before, but this could be just the beginning of a massive summer for these stellar 2019 foundation pieces (and the 2019 class in general...).
While the amount of commitments was down this past week, there was no shortage of work being done as we saw a number of offers go out in addition to some exciting developments for OSU targets.
Xavion Alford, N/R 2020 S // 6’1 // 175, Pearland, TX
Another unrated prospect with a stellar highlight tape shows the amount of homework the Cowboy staff is doing to get out in front of their future classes. Alford already held an offer from Iowa State but since OSU offered he has also received offers from Houston, Boston College, Utah, and Arizona.
Allen Horace, N/R 2020 DE // 6’5 // 218, Crockett, TX
A familiar trend continues as Joe Bob Clements continues to put emphasis on long, athletic frames (Horace plays TE and basketball in high school too) that allow for plenty of room for Body by Glass to do its thing.
Peyton Powell, ★★★ 2019 S // 6’2 // 182, Odessa, TX
This one was a little interesting because most of his highlight film was at QB, but even that is mostly him bullying everyone on the other side of the ball with sheer athleticism. He’s listed as a WR/S on 247, but the fact that Coach Tim Duffie made the offer makes me believe the offer is for safety. He’s recently garnered offers from Washington State, Ohio State, Georgia Tech, Baylor, among many others. It seems like his recruitment is really blowing up before his senior year.
Preston Wilson, ★★★ 2019 OT // 6’4 // 274, Argyle, TX
When it comes to recruiting, Coach Josh Henson continues to show that he’s all gas. While the Cowboys have yet to land their first offensive lineman of the class they have a number of monstrous offers out (5-stars included) and I’m sure Henson is itching to get on the board. Oklahoma State joins an offer list than includes Texas Tech, Baylor, Northwestern, Arizona State, Boise State, Boston College, Houston, and more.
Andrew Gentry, ★★★★ 2020 OT // 6’8 // 290, Littleton, CO
File this one under the “monstrous offer” category for 2020. 6’8 as a sophomore? Someone alert Coach Boynton ASAP. The Cowboys join a stacked and growing list that includes Ole Miss, Michigan, Nebraska, Cal, Wisconsin, Arkansas, and more.
The week started with OSU’s biggest target and his brother whipping the Twittersphere into a massive frenzy. Nothing short of that dream becoming reality would’ve maintained the same level of excitement throughout the week.
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Kamryn Farrar, ★★★ 2019 OLB // 6’0 // 200, Dallas, TX
Rivals reported earlier in the week that Farrar, a Colorado commit, was being heavily pursued by one other school - Oklahoma State. Farrar had this to say about the Cowboys:
“I’ve been listening to them,” he said. “I like Oklahoma State. I think it’s going to be a fight down the stretch because I like their tradition and how they always have good players on the defensive side of the ball.”
Colorado recently flipped one of Oklahoma State’s commitments, so maybe it’s no coincidence that OSU has started to go after a few of theirs. OSU seems to be a valuable evaluation service for blue-blood programs, so it’s nice to see them start to make moves on the other side of the table.
Taylor Miterko, ★★★ 2019 OT // 6’6 // 270, Carlsbad, NM
Following a successful unnoficial visit to OSU, the stellar lineman out of New Mexico narrowed his list down to a Cowboy-friendly Top 10.
Top 10 pic.twitter.com/zBCihuqjpJ— Taylor Miterko (@MiterkoTm) May 19, 2018
While there are other impressive schools on this list, it seems like Henson will have a pretty good shot to close the deal here.
Taurean Carter, ★★★ 2019 DE // 6’3 // 260, Mansfield, TX
Carter plays along Enoch Jackson, who included OSU in his Top 8 last week, at Mansfield Legacy High School. The Cowboys received some more positive news for the potential to land this potent tandem on Sunday when Carter included OSU in his Top 10.
Sorry for the wait...i wanna thank god for blessing me with my skill and talent and the opportunity to showcase my skills at the next level D.I.F.J #LegacyU #Top10 pic.twitter.com/09U5YtJ02m— Taurean Carter II (@KingCvrterII) May 20, 2018
Both players would be solid additions to an already strong DL recruiting class for 2019.
Jayden Jernigan, ★★★ 2019 DT // 6’1 // 280, Allen, TX
In case you missed it, Oklahoma State picked up a massive commitment earlier in the week from Jayden Jernigan. Jernigan headlines an already-strong defensive line class for 2019.
Thanking the man above #CowboyUp19 #GoPokes pic.twitter.com/j3vBjCe61p— Jayden Jernigan (@42_jernigan) May 14, 2018
The offers will continue to go out, and the commitments will continue to trickle in until they really start to pick up during official visit season in the fall.