Oklahoma State signed the majority of their 2020 class on Wednesday, the first day of the early signing period. Of those 18 signees, there are a few I feel are underrated.
We see players come in and contribute as true freshmen all the time. Today, I’m going to look at which ones might contribute early for the Cowboys.
Home town: Waco, TX
Nat. Rank: #507
Pos. Rank: #36
Korie Black committed to the Pokes over 21 offers from other D1 schools. With the loss of AJ Green and maybe Rodarius Williams, defensive back was an obvious need for this class. A teammate of fellow commit Trent Pullen, the Cowboys offered Black in the summer of 2017 and secured his commitment over the past summer. He represents the highest rated CB to select the Pokes since 2014.
I love Black’s game. At just over 6 foot, some may consider him undersized at the collegiate level, but he plays very physical with receivers. He also seems to have great anticipation jumping routes and is able to run well in coverage and swat balls away without interfering. Considering what’s left on the roster heading into 2020, there’s a chance Black will get to play significant minutes, if not start at some point next year.
Home town: San Antonio, TX
Nat. Rank: #985
Pos. Rank: #63
Rashod Owens committed to the Cowboys just six days after their initial offer to him on December 10th. He chose the Pokes over 12 other schools. An athlete in every sense of the word, Owens was the Texas Class 6A bronze medal winner in the triple jump and was a state qualifier in the long jump.
He played mostly RB in his senior year, but saw plenty of work as both a ball carrier and pass catcher over the course of his high school career. I’m extremely interested to see how Owens fits into the offense and how a coordinator with the creative pedigree of Sean Gleeson puts him to use. Athleticism does not always equate to success on the football field, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to have it, and Owens has it.
Home town: Bixby, OK
Nat. Rank: #1337 (LOL!)
Pos. Rank: #102
Brennan Presley is without a doubt the player I’m most intrigued by in this class. He selected the Cowboys over nine other offers and helped lead the Bixby Spartans in back-to-back state championships in class 6A II, defeating Gunnar Gundy’s Pioneers both times. I got to watch that most recent game in person, and it was one of the most enjoyable live events I’ve ever been to, cold weather notwithstanding. Presley was electric in that game, and all season for that matter.
Imagine him fielding punts and kickoffs inside Boone Pickens Stadium next year. Yes, next year. He’s got that kind ability as a dynamic athlete, and it absolutely blows my mind that the Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Oklahoma is considered the 1,337 best prospect in the country. Feels like the Cowboys did very well to secure his talents.