This weekend’s match-up between Oklahoma State and Kansas State was already a big one. The Cowboys are 0-1 in Big 12 play after a loss to Texas. It’s OSU’s conference home opener and just its second home game this season. Oh, and Kansas State is legit and ranked No. 24 in the latest AP Poll.
Too add more fuel to the fire that is the pressure to win this game, OSU will host two big recruits for official visits this Saturday; Four-star OSU quarterback commit Shane Illingworth and four-star all-purpose back (APB) Daniyel Ngata.
Illingworth is the top-rated prospect in OSU’s 2020 class. The 6-foot-6, 235-pound pro-style QB was recently named to the Under Armour All-American Game roster.
Through four games, the Norco Cougars are 4-0 and Illingworth has thrown for 1,584 yards and 22 touchdowns. Not just that; he’s completing 73 percent of his passes and has only thrown two interceptions.
While the visit for Illingworth is big, the trip by Ngata is even more so.
OSU is currently without a running back commit for 2020, and with the way the running back room — outside of Chuba Hubbard — has looked so far this season, the Cowboys need help.
Ngata is a four-star back from Folsom, California, and like Illingworth, an Under Armour All American Game participant.
Ngata named OSU in his top-5 back in July, along with Arizona State, Clemson, Texas A&M and Utah. His brother Joe Ngata is a freshman wide receiver at Clemson.
Texas A&M is considered the favorites after a summer visit to College Station. Ngata is coming off an official visit to Arizona State last weekend that reportedly went well.
If OSU and Illinworth can convince Ngata that Stillwater is the place to be, they’d be adding a top-60 prospect and the No. 2 APB in the country. Needless to say, this visit needs to go extremely well.
Finally, OSU will also welcome a 2021 target to Stillwater on Saturday as well; three-star tight end Jasper Lott, who picked up his offer from OSU on Wednesday.
The Argyle, Texas prospect currently has five offers. Along with OSU are Colorado, TCU, LSU, and Vanderbilt.
While a three-star prospect, Lott is a top-25 tight end prospect in his class. With the importance of the tight end — or Cowboy Back as it’s called at OSU — position is under offensive coordinator Sean Gleeson, continuing to bring in talented TEs is vital to the offense’s success.