After a much prolonged dead period in recruiting, the NCAA finally allowed schools to host in-person visits for the 2022 cycle starting a few weeks ago on June 1.
Home visits and zoom calls are great and all, but having recruits come and see your school and facilities for themselves gives them a better understanding of the program as a whole so that they can make more of an informed decision when it comes to choosing a school.
Mike Boynton took advantage of this shift back to normalcy by scheduling a handful of big-name recruits to visit Stillwater and Gallagher-Iba Arena, snapping the obligatory jersey photos for social media.
Since the dead period was lifted, four top-100 prospects for the 2022 class have visited Stillwater, with one more, five-star Keyonte George, surely to be scheduled pretty soon. George whittled his list to five schools along with Oklahoma State, including Kentucky, Baylor, Kansas and Texas.
Five-star forward Mark Mitchell is also set to visit Stillwater on Saturday. He is the tenth-ranked player in the class of 2022 out of Sunrise Christian Academy in Wichita, Kansas.
A notable five-star who has already made his way to Stilly for a visit is forward MJ Rice out of Napa, California, who visited June 14.
God1st! Blessed! Thanks for a great visit with Coach Boynton and the Oklahoma family! pic.twitter.com/EoGzhKC6ff
— Marquise (MJ) Rice (@MJrice_1) June 16, 2021
The 6-foot-5, 225-pound Rice is the No. 18 prospect in 2022 and is rumored to be considering going pro after his senior season, but schools such as OSU, North Carolina State, Boston College and Louisville are still hoping to sway him in their direction.
Four-star guard Richard “Pop” Isaacs had his visit June 1, the day recruiting opened back up. Isaacs is the fourth-ranked point guard in the country and the No. 1 recruit out of Utah with offers from Gonzaga, Arkansas, Florida State and Arizona State among others.
— Pop 🏀 (@poppop_5) June 3, 2021
OSU hosted four-star forward Aidan Shaw out of Blue Valley High School in Stilwell, Kansas, this past Saturday, making it his first official visit.
— Aidan Shaw (@Aidan_Shaw24) June 13, 2021
Shaw, a 6-foot-8, 190-pound small forward, is the 79th-ranked player in the class of 2022 and the third-ranked player in the state of Kansas. He currently has visits scheduled for Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Maryland all this month.
Lastly, four-star combo guard Anthony Black visited Stillwater on Wednesday after taking a visit to Texas the week prior. Black hails from Coppell, Texas, (also nicknamed the Cowboys) where he was also a three-star wide receiver. It looks as if Black will end up in the Big 12 in one way or another as OSU, Texas and Iowa State are currently the top schools he is looking at, according to 247Sports.
One thing is for sure, Mike Boynton does not mess around when it comes to building for the future. I’m sure he had June 1 marked on his calendar the day the nationwide quarantine that stifled recruiting was put in place way back when. He lives for recruiting and it is quickly becoming apparent. We’ll see how he finishes this 2022 cycle and if he can succeed in bringing in more five and four-star talent to the Oklahoma State program.