Two new offers are out to class of 2022 running backs and a safety from 2022 as well, all from Texas. The class of 2022 will be sophomores in the fall and recruitment for that class is beginning to pick up as they wrap up their first year of school. Look for all three of these guys to contribute heavily next season and keep in mind that they won’t be playing college ball for another four years.
Emeka Megwa, Nolan Catholic
After sending NaNa Osafo-Mensah to Notre Dame following last season, Emeka Megwa looks like the next major division 1 recruit to come out of Nolan Catholic.
Megwa led the team in rushing last year as a freshman, totaling 590 yards and five touchdowns on a team-high 102 carries. That’s good for 5.8 yards-per-carry; pretty impressive for a freshman. The Vikings finished 9-2 and first in TAPPS Region I, so Megwa played at the highest level of private schools in Texas. He also played linebacker for the Vikings last season.
The 6-foot-0 back currently holds offers from LSU, Florida, Ohio State, OU and all the major Texas schools in addition to OSU. The competition for him is stiff and Megwa took a visit to OU this past weekend.
Jadarian Price, Denison
Jadarian Price is one of the top running backs in the nation and leads a Denison team that is picked to finish in the top 30 of 5A D-II in Texas this season. Price totaled 1,189 yards and 14 scores on the ground as a freshman, making him an easy choice for District 7-5A Newcomer of the Year.
Similar to Megwa, Price has racked up an impressive offer list that includes Texas, TCU and Arkansas. He’s a littler smaller than the Nolan Catholic product at 5-10, but has elite speed. He holds only seven offers at the moment, but will likely be able to have his pick of where he wants to play college ball by the time he graduates. Some blue bloods have already offered and more are likely on the way.
Texas was Price’s second offer, but Oklahoma State got in fairly early for him. Getting him on campus before his recruitment picks up in earnest should be important, and the offer is a good start.
His tape shows an elusive runner who can weave his way in and out of traffic. He came within arms distance of at least six defenders on multiple touchdown runs on his highlight tape, which is definitely worth checking out.
Bobby Taylor, Houston Heights
Speaking of getting out an early offer, the Pokes are the first power five team to offer Houston Heights safety Bobby Taylor. His other offers include Illinois State, William and Mary and Tulsa.
While his offer list isn’t long yet, Taylor attended Notre Dame’s “Sunday night lights” camp last weekend and has visits planned for LSU, Alabama and Baylor. The offers haven’t started to roll in yet, but Taylor won’t end the summer without major D1 offers.
Taylor’s dad played at Notre Dame and the NFL, so the Irish could have an in here. It will take some serious work to get in the race for Gundy and the staff.
Remember that these kids still have three years of high school ball left. None of the 2022 offers are much to get excited about at this point in time but getting offers out early and staying in contact with these guys could raise the chances of Oklahoma State being considered in about two years time when these guys are making decisions.