Oklahoma State continues working on building out their 2020 class. While they pulled in their seventh commit of the class and second defensive back Friday, one area they still haven’t been able to lock down is quarterback.
Offensive coordinator Sean Gleeson officially offered his second player at the position in four-star pro-style QB Shane Illingworth of Norco, California.
Illingworth announced the offer on Twitter earlier this week.
The 6-foot-6 signal caller also holds offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Boston College, Colorado, Louisville, Oregon State, San Jose State and Washington State.
One thing going for OSU, is Illingworth has family connections to the state.
“My uncle lives in Oklahoma, he’s from Mustang and my grandma was from Oklahoma,” Illingworth told GoPokes.com’s Robert Allen. “I’ve been to Oklahoma a bunch and I’m pretty familiar with it. I can tell you about Oklahoma State football like the Zac Robinson and Brandon Weeden days. I can tell you about Mason Rudolph and I’ve watched most of the Bedlam games.”
Illingworth also said he’s excited about the offer and plans to to visit Stillwater at some point this summer.
Another thing going in OSU’s favor, is something Illingworth said about his recruitment.
“Location doesn’t matter to me, I’ll go anywhere,” Illingworth told 247Sports’ Greg Biggens. I’m just want to find a place where I feel comfortable and fit in. I think when I find the right school, I’ll know it so I’m looking forward to playing out the process and we’ll see what happens.”
While Arkansas and Washington State are considered strongly in the mix due to their style of play, a visit to Stillwater could go a long way to helping Gleeson secure his first QB commit at OSU.
Illingworth has a strong arm and no concern slinging the ball down field. Last season, he completed 167 of his 264 passes for 2,739 yards, 29 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He had negative yards rushing, but he’s mobile in the pocket and has good feet.
A little more than a week after making an unofficial visit to OSU, four-star 2021 safety JD Coffey III announced he picked up an offer from the Cowboys.
Coffey, the sixth-ranked safety in the class and 179th ranked overall by 247Sports, also has offers from Colorado, Illinois State, Missouri, Tulsa and Utah
The Kennedale, Texas, prospect spoke highly of OSU after his visit, and to be honest, I’m surprised it took so long for an offer to be made.
Last season, Coffey had 39 tackles including one tackle for loss and six interceptions. You can check out his highlights here.
OSU also decided to get into a recruiting battle with Arkansas this week, offering Razorback commit Jashaud Stewart.
The three-star defensive end from Jonesboro, Arkansas, committed to the in-state program back in March, picking the Hogs over Houston, Kansas, Memphis, and SMU. OSU is the first program to offer Stewart since he committed.
Stewart had a productive junior season (highlights here) with 89 tackles including 24 TFLs and six sacks, plus one forced fumble and one interception.
With OSU set to lose four cornerbacks after this upcoming season, the coaching staff is looking to add some extra experience to the position group by offering Hutchinson (Kansas) Community College CB Art Green.
OSU has a lot of competition for Green with 19 other teams targeting him. That list includes Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Kansas State, Louisville, Texas A&M and Utah among others.
During his freshman season for the Blue Dragons, Green showed the kind of playmaker (highlights here) he is, with 16 tackles, six pass break-ups and six interceptions.