Big 12 Recruiting

Can Oklahoma State Hang on to Four-Star RB Ollie Gordon?

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Ollie Gordon exploded onto the scene in the 2020 6A Texas high school football season. He rushed for 2,083 yards and 28 touchdowns, along with two receiving touchdowns. He was named the Texas 3-6A co-offensive MVP for his stellar performance and led Trinity into a deep playoff run, even defeating Allen High, a powerhouse in Texas.

The 2020 season was so impressive for Gordon that he was able to get 17 offers quickly as a junior, and since he has one more season left, that list could continue to grow quickly. Gordon is currently a four-star prospect to the 247sports composite. Right now, he has committed to Oklahoma State for the 2022 recruiting cycle, a Cowboys squad finished with a very underrated class in the 2021 cycle. It seems coach Mike Gundy has really turned up the heat in recruiting. 

 

Gordon is an upright-style runner, who uses his vision to create holes in the defense. He is shifty in close quarters and excels especially rushing on the edges. While it does not appear that he possesses elite speed, he is effortless in fluid in his motion. He does a good job staying upright on contact, and typically does not get tackled by the first defender. His use of angles and running lanes flashes elite vision and football IQ.  He shows tremendous patience, when able to set up blocks and utilizes his solid size to leverage against second level defenders. His style of running reminds of current Oklahoma star Kennedy Brooks. 

Though Gordon is not asked often to catch the ball out of the backfield, he is extremely efficient in that area and consistently picks up chunks, and scores when the ball is near the goal line both rushing and receiving. Gordon has also show ability on kick and punt returns, averaging 16 yards per return as a sophomore. Also, it’s unlikely Gordon has reached the peak of his frame, as he sits at 6’2”, but only 205 pounds. He should be able to put on about 15-20 pounds once he gets to Stillwater and add an extra dynamic to his game. 

 

The Cowboys will need to do everything they can to keep Gordon’s commitment. While he does have 17 offers, none of the “big brand” schools have offered to this point. How much could that shake things up? Say if Texas, Oklahoma, or an SEC power were to extend an offer, assuming he has a similarly stellar senior campaign, might he flip?

Ollie Gordon has the potential to tear up Big 12 defenses the way he has carved up Texas 6A competition. If the Cowboys can hold on and get his signature in December, Oklahoma States offenses could be ridiculously dynamic as usual. The idea of the Green brothers and Gordon at skill spots in Stillwater should strike fear in the hearts of any defense they encounter in the Big 12 Conference.

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