It’s a good thing that today’s HNH is a running a little late because a fire storm of news broke right around noon. Check out all of today’s news and links here.
The big news out of Stillwater today is that Mike Boynton has dismissed three basketball players. That leaves this years’ roster total at nine guys including Luke Major and Trey Reeves. Phillip has more on that here.
BREAKING: #OKState announces that Michael Weathers, Maurice Calloo and Kentrevious Jones are no longer part of the program due to a violation of team rules.— Nathan Ruiz (@NathanSRuiz) January 16, 2019
Oklahoma State signed four guys in the hoops class of 2019, which was one more than it could take. It was presumed that the class would be wrapped up because of that, but today’s dismissals changes things a little bit. Coach Boynton could potentially improve on OSU’s currently 16th-ranked recruiting class.
An interesting aside from today’s #okstate basketball dismissal news: With seven scholarship players set to return and a four-man recruiting class, OSU has two more scholarships available in its 2019 class now.— Nathan Ruiz (@NathanSRuiz) January 16, 2019
Things just got interesting down in Norman with Jalen Hurts announcing his intent to transfer there. Hurts was an above average quarterback at Alabama that always had a top three defense to fall back on if he was off. It will be interesting to see him play in a conference with a uh... different set of priorities than the SEC.
Phillip will have a recruiting post coming later on but here is a little preview.
the move???!— Prince Dorbah™ (@prince_dorbah) January 16, 2019
Prince Dorbah’s Highland Park Scots took down Alec Bryant’s Shadow Creek Sharks in the 5A Division I Texas state championship game. Bryant was offered by Oklahoma State on Wednesday morning and Dorbah has held an OSU offer for over a year now. Both are rated as four-star defensive ends. Dorbah also holds offers from Alabama, Texas, OU, Oregon and more. Bryant was offered by Virginia Tech today and holds a slew of other offers as well.
This is a post that obviously doesn’t mean much but the fact that two highly rated four-star guys are on Twitter talking about linking up in Stillwater is exciting. It’s also encouraging to see Mike Gundy and Jim Knowles go after some top end defensive talent. Bryant is ranked higher than any commitment that OSU has in the class of 2019. You can read more on OSU’s recent offers in Phillip’s post coming a little later.
A little baseball talk:
Baseball season is just around the corner, some of the guys over at D1 Baseball took some time to talk about the upcoming season.
Here’s what they had to say about the Pokes...
Shoe: Hearing OKST has several draft guys this year. What pitchers you see making a huge difference and a push for B12 title? Same with hitters, who’s gonna lead the Offense?
Aaron Fitt: I’m very high on that Oklahoma State pitching staff, which I think gives them a chance to get to Omaha. Mitchell Stone is a real prospect, a towering lefthander with a low-90s fastball and a promising slider and changeup — he could really jump up draft boards now that he’s healthy again after that fluke injury he suffered early last spring. Juco transfer Logan Gragg is a power-armed righty who was up to 94 against Vanderbilt when I saw the Cowboys this fall, and the coaches rave about how good his changeup is when it’s on. He’s definitely a rising prospect. I’m also eager to see what Brett Standlee can do at the back of the bullpen after redshirting last year; he’s got good stuff, up to 93 mph with a filthy slider when he’s on. In the lineup, keep an eye on Cade Cabbiness (who has big-time tools but really, really struggled at the plate last year) and Trevor Boone. Those are both big-bodied outfielders with intriguing pro potential, and if they have good years, this team should be very dangerous.