They say good things come to those who wait, and after the slowest week we’ve had in my short tenure, we got some really intriguing hoops recruiting news on Saturday. It certainly caught me off guard and I think you’ll be interested too.
Jordan Lathon, ★★★★ 2018 PG,CG // 6’4 // 190, Grandview, MO
So remember when I said Likekele’s commitment almost certainly closed the book on the 2018 class? A weird admissions situation at Northwestern with 4-star guard Jordan Lathon has opened the door for Bonyton to add another stud to an already-stellar 2018 class (and make me eat massive crow in the process).
Oklahoma State has now offered Jordan Lathon, per source. 2018 guard, top available. https://t.co/kFDvblufzL— Jake (@jakeweingarten) May 26, 2018
The intrigue doesn’t stop there though; adding a player of this caliber is a no-brainer and it seems like a lay-up with a scholarship spot open for this year. However, that same scholarship is scheduled to be taken next year by one of the Boone twins, so some scholarship player on the current roster would have to leave following this season to make room for this addition for the 2019 season.
Given the nature of college basketball, things will likely take care of themselves, but it’s something to keep an eye on. Things become even more interesting if Oklahoma State signs any of the monstrous targets on their 2019 wishlist, including Armando Bacot and the next guy in this roundup.
Jalen Wilson, ★★★★ 2019 SG // 6’6 // 185, Denton, TX
We talked about Wilson including the Cowboys in his Top 6 a few weeks ago and in a couple days we’ll know which of the six he has chosen.
It goes without saying, but this caliber of addition would be huge for the Pokes and would start Bonyton’s ascension from ‘great’ recruiter to ‘elite’ recruiter.
Henry Coleman, ★★★★ 2020 SF // 6’6 // 190, Richmond, VA
The 2020 class is slated to be another huge class number-wise, and Mike Boynton is looking to make it huge talent-wise as well. In a recent interview with Rivals, Coleman had this to say about Oklahoma State:
“They see me playing that small-ball power forward role at the next level. Their program and having that connection with the coaches, they are recruiting me really hard with Coach (Dave) Kontaxis, he has been here a couple of times, and with Coach (Mike) Boynton, we are building a very strong relationship. That is the most important thing whenever you are coming down to picking that last and final school.”
I think the positional aspect of this quote really shows how much Boynton has embraced a long, athletic, position-less approach to the roster (Cade and Dustin had some great thoughts on this in the CRFF pod). The relationship aspect of the quote just continues to show how much Boynton emphasizes the person before the player. It’s also why I’m so optimistic that Boynton starts landing elite talent earlier rather than later.
(Bacot is in black and Coleman’s the one in green)
Langston Anderson, ★★★ 2019 WR // 6’2 // 188, Midlothian, TX
This receiver from Midlothian Heritage HS received an offer this week on Wednesday. He already had offers from a number of Big 12 and other Power 5 schools such as Arizona State, Arizona, Baylor, Kansas State, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Texas Tech, and Washington State. Since the Cowboys offer, he received one from Texas on Saturday and is now (predictably) considered a heavy lean towards the Longhorns.
Jake Wiley, N/R 2019 OG // 6’5 // 250, Aurora, CO
Coach Henson has continued to show love to linemen from Colorado and Jake Wiley became the latest offer to fit the geographical bill. He’s also another massive frame for the Cowboy coaching staff to work with. His recruitment really took off all at once as he got three D1 offers in one day from Colorado and Washington State to go along with the one from the Pokes.
Enoch Jackson, ★★★ 2019 DT // 6’0 // 290, Mansfield, TX
We talked about Jackson a couple weeks ago when he listed OSU in his Top 8 schools and his latest trim down to 6 still includes America’s Brightest Orange. As a reminder to how fluid all this is, Ole Miss and Georgia were new additions to the list while Houston, Illinois, Mizzou, and Minnesota were cut. Since the new Top 6 was released Clemson has offered as well and I get the feeling they’ll probably make their way onto his next list.
Preston Wilson, ★★★ 2019 OT // 6’4 // 274, Argyle, TX
If it seems like we just talked about this guy, that’s because we did. After the Cowboys offered him last week, he included OSU just a week later in his Top 11 schools. He’ll be a good one to keep an eye on as Coach Henson looks for that first OL recruit of the 2019 class.
Just when you think recruiting has really settled into a lull you get some great storylines to follow and reel you back in.
Stay tuned, and #LetsWork.