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On the Trail - Football Recruiting Roundup (5/6)

Here’s your weekly roundup of the latest recruiting news and insight from CRFF.

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At CRFF, we’re starting to turn up the recruiting #content, and a consistent dedicated update on Oklahoma State recruiting is one of the steps we plan to take to make that happen.

I will usually do this segment combined for football and basketball, but we’ll keep them separate this week. Check out yesterday’s Hoops roundup.

2019 Commits

Oklahoma State started off the 2019 recruiting class with a bang after landing 4-star 6’5, 230 lb. TE (CW) Grayson Boomer out of Collinsville, OK last November. The Cowboys (even Grayson himself) have looked to carry that momentum into the rest of the class. So far, OSU has only received commitments from three additional players in the 2019 class thus far.

  • Demarco Jones, ★★★ CB // 6’1 // 175, Tulsa, OK.
  • Kody Walterscheid, ★★★ DE // 6’6 // 230 (brother of DE Cole Walterscheid), Muenster, TX.
  • Tom Hutton, ★★ P // 6’0 // 195 (Aussie-style punter) from Prokick Australia.

This crop of players has the Cowboys at 44th in the nation for 2019, but it is still very early in the recruiting cycle. While currently small, this class has some serious talent.

Boomer has serious star potential at the Cowboy Back with a monstrous football frame and great hands. Jones might be overshadowed by his teammate Dax Hill, but is an extremely talented DB in his own right with great positional size and strength and above average athleticism. As summer workouts ramp into the fall, look for this class to really start picking up steam.

2019 Targets

Seeing as their are only four commits, there are still a ton of offers out for Pokes in 2019. So I’ll just touch on some of the latest developments:

Dax Hill, ★★★★★ S // 6’1 // 190 (brother of Justice Hill), Tulsa, OK

Hill included Oklahoma state in his Top 6 and set the world on fire at The Opening Dallas. Dax is as blue as blue chip gets, and would be the highest rated recruit to ever come to Stillwater in the 247 recruiting rankings era. Oklahoma State has established some major advantages in his recruitment between the success of his brother and commitment of his longtime teammate and they’ll need every bit of those to reel Dax in. They’re battling some of the most elite programs in college football. It would be a monumental recruiting victory if they can land him.

Grant Gunnell, ★★★★ QB // 6’6 // 222, Houston, TX.

Gunnell cancelled his visit to Oklahoma State that would’ve occurred during the Spring Game in favor of an official visit to Ohio State. Gunnell was the top QB target for this class, and the swap doesn’t bode well for the Cowboys. Unless something changes, I think the Cowboys will have to look elsewhere for their 2019 QB.

  • Demariyon Houston, ★★★★ WR // 6’0 // 165, Millwood, OK

Houston included OSU in his Top 12 last week. Houston is part of a group of highly-talented receivers that Oklahoma State is after. His talent, combined with being an in-state prospect, likely puts Houston at the top of the priority list for Kasey Dunn. OU, who is yet to offer Houston, has likely filled their receiver quota for 2019, but OSU will still have to beat out a bevy of blue blood programs to win this recruiting battle.

Additions this week... for 2020

An interesting development starting with the Spring Game has been the surge in recruits committing for the 2020 class. Oklahoma State is one of only 21 D1 programs who have received verbals for 2020.

Eli Russ, ★★★★ OT // 6’5 // 305, Ardmore, OK

Russ is an absolute mauler with an already-monstrous frame and enough mobility to get to the next level. Josh Henson continues to live up to his reputation as an ace recruiter. It’ll be exciting to see what Rob Glass & Co. can turn Russ in to.

Jabbar Muhammad, N/R CB // 5’10 // 165, DeSoto, TX

Muhammad is a physical DB with great instincts in the defensive backfield. He does a great job of sticking with receivers and tracking the ball in the air, and sees the play well as it develops. The fact that both of these were receiving attention and playing on varsity as sophomores says a lot - both had a handful of D1 offers to show for it already.