With the NCAA suspending all on-campus and off-campus recruiting until May 31st due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, recruiting has become tough. Especially at a place like Oklahoma State we usually sees big pay-off from on-campus visits.
Once the moratorium on visits is lifted, every school across the country is going to be itching to get their top class of 2021 targets on campus as quickly as possible, Oklahoma State included.
So with that in mind, we’re break down the recruits Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy and his staff should work the hardest to get on campus as soon as the suspension ends.
Today, we focus on the offensive side of the football with every player mentioned already holding an offer from the Cowboys.
OSU will need a running back with Chuba Hubbard departing after next season, and the Cowboys have several good options. Here are two of them:
Valdez has long been linked to OSU, but is considered a Texas Tech lean by 247sports. OSU has work to do to lure him away from Lubbock, but it can certainly be done.
Valdez has a similar running style and nearly identical size (5-foot-10) to OSU alum Justice Hill. As a smaller back, Valdez has good speed and effectively uses jukes and spins to escape defenders. Like Hill, two concerns will be his usage rate and his ability to take hits. An off-season or two in Rob Glass’ weight program would serve Valdez well to bulk up and take hits.
Despite being ranked nearly 300 spots below Valdez, OSU will have tougher competition for McCaskill than it does for Valdez. The Conroe (Oak Ridge), Texas running back has listed “warm” interest in Auburn, Florida State and Penn State in addition to OSU.
McCaskill’s size (6-1, 200 pounds) will serve him well and compliments his running style. He doesn’t have the same elusiveness Valdez has, but he has a greater ability to break tackles and has solid speed.
McCaskill played in one of the greater Houston area’s competitive districts last season, and will have a better chance at making the play-offs as Conroe ISD and Klein ISD split into new districts for 2020. A play-off run could mean McCaskill will be able to showcase his talents against some of the best defensive players in Texas and nation, with several coming from the Houston area.
Next up, we shift to three wide receivers options that have been linked to OSU in recent months and all have different skill sets.
Davis, a Dallas (Skyline) product, has strong interest in Florida, LSU, SMU, Texas and USC. As a near-top 100 recruit, there’s no shortage of competition for Davis and OSU doesn’t normally score on top recruits except for wide receivers.
In the plays below Davis shows a glimpse of Marquise Brown. In the first clip, Davis runs past the secondary on a slant route with some blocking help for a touchdown. His speed allows him to be a threat in the slot or on the outside. In the second clip, Davis shows off his length and ability to catch.
Green, a four-star by 247Sports composite from Allen, Texas, has “warm” interest in Baylor and Minnesota in addition to OSU. However, Minnesota already poached one receiver from the Dallas-Fort Worth area in Southlake product Brady Boyd. If Green and his highly-recruited twin brother, Blaine, look to attend college together, the Gophers may not be looking to take on two more receivers in the Twin Cities.
Bryson Green doesn’t have breakaway speed, but he can make impressive catches in traffic which make him an option in the slot or on the outside. Most of the routes in his Hudl highlights came on long routes while split out wide, but he also showed an ability to make short dependable catches from the slot.
John Paul Richardson
Richardson is from one of the more successful programs in the greater Houston area in Fort Bend Ridge Point, which failed to win its district for the first time last season since becoming a 6A school.
Richardson will be able to boost his highlight reel in a new offense next season as Rick LaFavers takes over as head coach. LaFavers’ Lamar Consolidated program averaged nearly 40 points-per-game last season.
Richardson works mainly from the slot, which leads many to believe he could fill the Dillon Stoner role if he comes to OSU. Richardson’s highlights show he can go for deep balls, slants, screens and jet sweeps. He has reliable hands and can improvise with the ball in his hands.
Offensive Line, Tight End
Jasper Lott, TE
Lott fits the ideal mold for a Cowboy back due to his size (6-5, 243) and ability to be a great blocker, while being mobile enough to catch passes downfield like Jelani Woods.
Lott doesn’t have crystal ball predictions or large interests toward any particular school, so he could be OSU’s for the taking. He has 18 offers, highlighted by Auburn, LSU and TCU.
Lott made a big impact for Argyle, Texas, after he transferred from JSerra Catholic in Southern California last year. He has reliable hands and his size makes his difficult for defenders to tackle him.
Reuben Fatheree, OT
Fatheree, a highly-ranked tackle, comes from Foster High School in Richmond, Texas, a program that has churned out some serious talent in recent years with the likes of CeeDee Lamb and current OU commit Cody Jackson at receiver.
The big reason Fatheree makes sense at OSU is because football isn’t his true love. While he does love football, his favorite sport is basketball. OSU has had him visit before, where he talked with both Gundy and Mike Boynton: dressing up to take pictures in both OSU football and basketball gear.
Offering Fatheree a walk-on spot for the basketball team with the support of Gundy could go a long way to securing his commitment. Fatheree is no scrub on the hardwood either. While he won’t get major Division I offers, Fatheree suited up and played major minutes as a forward with Houston Hoops on Nike’s EYBL circuit last summer. He’s used to playing against the top high school competition in football and basketball.
His size (6-8, 305) make him hard to move on the line, and his talent has earned him composite rankings of No. 136 in the nation and No. 19 among offensive tackles.
It’s hard to find him in these Hudl highlights, but this is Fatheree in action against reigning 5A Division II state champ Shadow Creek.
And just for fun, here are hudl highlights of “Deuce” Fatheree on the hardwood. He recorded a double-double against Manvel.