Mike Gundy put a bow on his 2022 recruiting class — the best at Oklahoma State in years — with a bang.
DeSoto wide receiver Stephon Johnson announced Wednesday morning he’s signing with Oklahoma State. Johnson becomes the latest to continue the DeSoto-to-Stillwater pipeline. He ranks as a three-star and No. 540 in the nation according to the 247sports composite. Johnson is the ninth-highest ranked recruit in the class of ‘22 out of 19 Cowboy signees and the second or third highest-ranked Cowboy receiver in this class depending on how Braylin Presley is viewed.
The addition of Johnson boosts the Cowboys’ recruiting class one spot to No. 27 in the nation for now. If it holds, this would be OSU’s best recruiting finish since the class of 2014, which also finished No. 27. That class featured Tyreek Hill, Mason Rudolph and James Washington among other key contributors.
Johnson was a long-time Oregon commit and decided to de-commit from the Ducks back on January 5 when coach Mario Cristobal left Eugene to become the coach at Miami. The 6-foot, 175-pound receiver is the third receiver in OSU’s class of ‘22 joining Edmond (OK) Santa Fe standout Talyn Shettron and Pawhuska (OK) receiver Mason Gilkey. It is likely Bixby’s Braylin Presley will play receiver but will also be used as an offensive Swiss Army Knife of sorts.
Gundy and the offensive staff will have some interesting decisions regarding receiver playing time next season. There will be three (more like four) new receivers in the fold, plus the Green twins, Jaden Bray and John Paul Richardson — all of whom saw time as a true freshman last season. Brennan Presley will be a junior and there are eight receivers behind him who have one season or less of experience.
Immediate impact or not, Johnson is certainly an impact add to this recruiting class and, though they are young, adds to a stacked receiver room.