Some Oklahoma State fans may be upset when they look at the rankings and see Rivals ranking Oklahoma State as the 37th best class in the country. But, that is typical for Gundy and his staff. Oklahoma State has averaged a class of about 30th the past 5 years, but the success has been much better on the field than the recruiting numbers would indicate. The Cowboys staff knows exactly how to find what they need and coach ’em up.
On Wednesday, Gundy added that he was not just focused on how many stars as player has, saying, “We’ve moved in the direction of trying to secure cerebral football players – guys that we think can think and react quickly in the game. We tried to do as much research as we could into that sort of thing and, obviously, I’m very excited about the kids we have coming in. They all come from good families and they understand the integrity, accountability, structure and the discipline that it takes to be successful here.”
The star of the Oklahoma State Cowboys 2017 recruiting class: WR Tylan Wallace (Fort Worth, TX)
Wallace is heading to Stillwater with his twin brother Tracin, and they stayed firm in their commitment to the Cowboys. We have interviewed Wallace multiple times at Heartland College Sports and there’s no question he’s a sharp guy who is excited to get to Stillwater.
The Fort Worth native may be slightly shorter than is ideal (6′), but don’t forget that’s the same height as James Washington. But, at just 170 pounds, Wallace is likely going to have to add some muscle to be the explosive and star wide receiver he wants to be and the Pokes hope he can be. Wallace finishes his career in the top 15 all-time in receiving yards in the state of Texas.
The best position group of the Oklahoma State Cowboys 2017 recruiting class: wide receiver
That’s the only way it can be in Stillwater, right?
Two of the Cowboys three four-star recruits are wide receivers in Wallace and LC Greenwood (Garland, TX). In fact, all three might be! Chuba Hubbard (Sherwood Park, AB) could be play receiver, running back or defensive back. Greenwood has the best size of the three (6’3”, 203) and runs a 4.43 40-yard-dash. He’s considered a home-run hitter on the outside and picked Oklahoma State over Iowa, Utah, Wisconsin, TCU and others.
Meantime, Hubbard is from Alberta in Western Canada and rushed for 2,330 yards and 23 touchdowns his senior season. Oklahoma State was on him earlier than most, as Hubbard ended up with offers from Auburn, Oklahoma, and Texas A&M.
The Oklahoma Sooners 2017 recruiting class could use more depth at: offensive line
The Cowboys have just one offensive lineman committed in this class: 3-star Arlington Hambright (Garden City, KS). Granted is a very quality grab. Hambright was a two-way player for Garden City Community College, playing offensive line and defensive line. He will have a real chance to be next year’s left tackle as Victor Salako is graduating.
Overall, Oklahoma State is losing 2 starters on the offensive line (Salako and Michael Wilson) and three from the two-deep at offensive line. It’s not a ton to lose, but you’d like to have this class bring in more than just one offensive lineman, especially considering the issues the offensive line has had in recent seasons, most notably its run blocking.
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