Following a mass exodus in Stillwater over the last few days, the Pokes finally got some good news from the transfer portal as they landed Tulsa transfer linebacker Justin Wright on Wednesday.
Wright, a 6-2, 244-pound middle linebacker, comes to Stillwater from Tulsa as a graduate transfer and will have one year of eligibility remaining with the Pokes.
Wright earned second-team all-conference honors in the American Athletic Conference this season after leading the Golden Hurricane with 101 total tackles, including 56 solo stops and 10.5 tackles for loss. Wright also recorded two sacks, two interceptions, three pass breakups, five quarterback hits, two fumble recoveries, and a forced fumble for TU in 2022.
Wright has been the starter at middle linebacker for the Golden Hurricane over the past three seasons and has appeared in 49 career games, including 32 starts. Adding him to the roster is a big move for Mike Gundy and company, especially after losing the teams leading tackler, Mason Cobb, to the transfer portal.
Oklahoma State will likely need to continue finding contributors in the portal after losing several big names unexpectedly. Quarterback Spencer Sanders is the biggest loss of the group, but names like Trace Ford, Dominic Richardson, Braylin Presley, and Thomas Harper won’t be easy to replace.
Adding Wright is a good first step, but it likely won’t be the last for a head coach that has been vocal about not wanting to depend on the transfer portal.