This Saturday’s Oklahoma Sate Spring games isn’t just the culmination of weeks of training, prepping, coaching and practicing. Nor is just a chance for fans to get their first look at OSU’s new starting quarterback, no offense under Sean Gleeson, or the new starters on the defensive line.
This weekend Oklahoma State is expected to play host to somewhere around 80 high school recruits — from the 2020 class all the way to 2022 — who are all looking to get the feel of Stillwater and the OSU football program.
While we don’t know every prospect who plans to make the trek to Payne County, we do know the identity of a few who have already announced their intentions on Twitter.
Inside Linebacker Corey Flagg, Jr.
The three-star prospect from North Short in Houston, Texas announced his plans to visit Oklahoma State some time ago. He has offers from 15 programs, including OSU, Texas Tech, Boston College, Virginia Tech, and Miami, among others. He has also made a trip to Oregon and seems interested in the Ducks, though they have not yet offered.
Flagg to me is an under the radar prospect, who tallied up 144 tackles, including 33 TFLs and four sacks, and forced five fumbles last season.
OSU, Texas Tech, and Boston College are the leaders to land Flagg, though Miami has come on strong. Flagg has official visits to Texas Tech and Boston College coming up, but I think OSU has a strong chance to land him.
Inside Linebacker Jeremiah “Jay” Harris
The 6-1, 205-pound inside linebacker from Shadow Creek in Pearland, Texas will be making an official visit to Stillwater this weekend. Oklahoma State is one of 16 schools that have offered the three-star prospect so far, joining Arkansas, Colorado, Minnesota, and Boise State, among others.
Last season for a Shadow Creek team that went 15-1, Harris racked up 90 tackles, including 19 TFLs and 15 sacks.
Receiver Matt Polk
Another guy making an official visit this weekend is one of my favorite targets, three-star wide receiver Matt Polk. He’s the son former Oklahoma State safety Raymond Polk.
Right now the 6-4, 210 receiver from Saguaro in Scottsdale, Arizona has nine offers, including OSU, Arizona, Cal, UCLA, Florida, Kansas, Tennessee, Purdue, and Northern Arizona. As of now OSU, Arizona, Cal, and UCLA are considered the front runners.
I’ve watched his film a few times and really Polk. He would make a great addition to the roster and I think a good visit could go a long way for OSU this weekend.
Outside Linebacker Robert Wooten
The three-star prospect from Stafford, Texas is the first visitor on the list that doesn’t have an offer from Oklahoma State as of yet. He does have offers from 11 other schools including Texas Tech, Texas A&M, and SMU who are considered the favorites at this time.
It will be interesting to see if Wooten comes away from the weekend with a scholarship offer. If so, it would likely be a sign that he’s interested in Oklahoma State and enjoyed his experience in Stillwater.
Playing at defensive end last season for Stafford, Wooten totaled 79 tackles, including 22 TFLs and 11 sacks in route to a first-team all-district selection.
Defensive End Landyn Watson
One of the four-star prospects that will be making his way to Stillwater this weekend is Hutto, Texas defensive end Landyn Watson
The 6-3, 230-pound prospect currently touts 13 offers, including from OSU, LSU, Notre Dame, Baylor, Michigan State, Virginia Tech, Texas Tech, and TCU, among others.
Waters earned first-team all-district honors after a sophomore season where he totaled 49 tackles, including 16 TFLs and five sacks.
Running Back Javion Hunt
The four-star running back from Carl Albert in Oklahoma City is ranked as the second best prospect in the state by 247Sports. Despite that, he only has offers from Texas Tech, Ole Miss, and Memphis. I get the feeling that might change this weekend while Hunt is on an unofficial visit to Stillwater. It certainly doesn’t hurt OSU’s chances that Hunt plays on the Sooner 7-on-7 team with a number of players including Stillwater quarterback Gunnar Gundy.
Hunt is listed as a running back, but also played safety last season for Carl Albert.
Tight End Ethan Downs
Speaking of highly-rated players, the top ranked player in Oklahoma for 2021 will be making a second trip to Stillwater in as many weeks. Downs was in Stillwater for a Spring practice back on April 10th, where he told GoPokes.com that Oklahoma State is aggresively recruiting him to Stillwater.
“I’ve been talking with Greg Richmond and with Joe Bob Clements, they’ve both been recruiting me,” Downs said of the Cowboys. “I’ve also been talking with the tight ends coach (Jason McEndoo) too.”
Downs primarily played defensive end during his freshman season, but moved to tight end for his sophomore year. That’s where Oklahoma State is targeting him to play.
Oklahoma State was the first team to offer Downs, which could give them a leg up in his recruitment. As of now Oklahoma hasn’t offered, but Penn State, Baylor, Nebraska, and Iowa State have.