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Four OSU Recruiting Targets to Watch as Signing Day Nears

We’re just over one month until the early signing period.

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The early signing period in college football is just over one month away, and for many teams, Oklahoma State included, it’s a deadline of sorts to get the recruiting class together before a reset and mad scramble to the finish for the February signing day.

With 16 commitments in the 2021 class, Oklahoma State has done a nice job piecing the class together. But there are a few holes left to plug, and time is quickly running out.

So who are the top targets to watch as we race to the finish line? Here are five names to monitor.

1. Caleb Etienne | 6-8, 310 | OT

This man is a mammoth. He’s listed at 6-foot-8 and over 300 pounds and he plays offensive tackle. So of course OSU is interested. But so are Houston, Texas Tech, Arkansas and a handful of others. A junior college prospect from Fort Scott, he’s expected to make his commitment on Dec. 12, and OSU is in the final three along with Houston and Tech.

2. Deshun Murrell | 5-11, 185 | RB

This is an interesting one that flew a bit under the radar when it happened, but Oklahoma State offered Murrell — who is currently committed to UCLA — on Oct. 29. The senior tailback rushed for 2,174 yards in 2019 and broke out as one of the best ball-carriers in America. There’s no reason right now to think he’s wavering on his commitment, but OSU offering him is of note considering it needs one more commitment at the running back position this cycle.

3. Nick Jones | 6-4, 285 | OT

OSU is the only school to offer Jones, the East Mississippi Community College standout, since his commitment to Mississippi State in September. Maybe it works, maybe it doesn’t. But another offensive lineman or two in this class seems to be a priority, and Jones’ pedigree and experience fits what OSU is looking for.

4. Alton McCaskill | 6-1, 200 | RB

A big, strong and physical running back from Oak Ridge, Texas, McCaskill has been on OSU’s target list for months. But he’s yet to make a decision, and as his recruitment has strung out, interest in him has elevated. Now, Alabama, Notre Dame, Ole Miss and Arizona State, among others, are vying for his services. OSU being his first ever Division-I offer in 2019 helps the Pokes, but it’s unclear at this point how interested he is or how close he is to making a decision. He seemed to hint to SI recently that OSU is on his list still, and perhaps high on it.

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