Oklahoma State’s offensive line is the position group that has gone from one of the least concerns during the offseason to one of the biggest question marks as the season grew closer.
OSU was set to return three starters and add graduate transfer Josh Sills, which had many feeling confident about the offensive line. But then the linemen started to drop like flies.
Starting left tackle Dylan Galloway retired then Bryce Bray — who was set to start at right tackle — and Jacob Farrell were reportedly dismissed from the team. Now, not only does the offensive line take a hit for 2020, the position group’s overall depth went from great to good.
It’s a position group that needs to have depth, and losing three players puts more pressure on recruiting. The Cowboys haven’t done well on the recruiting trail for the group.
OSU is set to lose three of its 16 O-linemen on scholarship to graduation unless one of them (Teven Jenkins, Ry Schneider or Matt Kegel) decide to take advantage of the extra year of eligibility the NCAA is awarding fall sport athletes. (COME ON JENKINS!)
The Cowboys have two commitments in the 2021 class: in-state offensive tackle Logan Nobles of Jenks and Silas Barr from Pottsboro, Texas. OSU has missed out on their top targets like Reuben Fatheree and Jaeden Roberts. The Cowboys also seen players that had OSU in their top school list decide to commit elsewhere.
So where does that leave things? There are six names we should be keeping an eye on.
OSU is one of 36 offers for the three-star tackle from Davenport, Iowa.
According to Cody Nagel of GoPokes, Maro is set to visit Stillwater this upcoming weekend (on his own since “recruiting visits” aren’t allowed).
Maro still feels up in the air and I haven’t seen much in the way of anyone knowing where he is leaning right now.
OSU is in a good spot with the No. 2-rated JUCO offensive tackle from New Orleans. He named the Cowboys in his top-6 in August. At last check, all but Oregon has remained in constant contact with him.
Ettiene is hoping to take his five visits before committing in February, so don’t expect a decision, or even a cut-down on his list of top schools, anytime soon.
OSU is up against 19 other schools for Moko, another highly ranked JUCO tackle.
Moko’s head coach at Snow College in Utah, Andrew Mitchell, was an o-lineman at OSU in 2008-09 and a graduate assistant in 2012. OSU also has a former Snow College player on the team in redshirt junior defensive tackle Sione Asi. Moko is from Australia and OSU’s kicking duo of kicker Alex Hale and punter Tom Hutton are both from Australia.
Like Ettiene, Moko hopes to make official visits before making a decision, so don’t expect one anytime soon.
Reese, who is committed to Rutgers, is the most interesting of the bunch. OSU has been coming after him hard, and it’s feeling more and more like he will likely not play for Rutgers.
OSU and O-line coach Charlie Dickey hosted Reese — and his mom — on a virtual visit in August. Reese and his family are expected to make a visit on their own to Stillwater before the December signing period.
Other schools currently trying to sway Reese away from Rutgers are Minnesota, Ole Miss and Utah.
Now obviously someone else could be added to this list. Barr went from a North Texas commit off OSU’s radar to a Cowboy commit rather quickly, so we know things can change fast. But as for now, these are the guys to keep an eye on.
This also isn’t including any possible transfer additions, though I doubt that would happen until after Spring Ball when the coaching staff has had a chance to evaluate the position group.