Earlier this week, four-star quarterback recruit Grant Gunnell, one of the top targets for OSU in the 2019 class, scheduled an unofficial campus visit to Oklahoma State for its spring game the weekend of April 27-29.
That visit has since been put on pause to make room for an official visit to the other OSU threatening to to land him: Ohio State.
As reported by 247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong, Gunnell is set to make his second official visit of the spring to Columbus, Ohio the weekend of April 27-29, just one week after a planned official visit to Cal on the weekend of April 20.
It bumps the Cowboys off the visit schedule altogether, though it doesn’t totally eliminate them from contention. It’s also worth noting that Gunnell’s previously planned visit was in an unofficial capacity, which is at the recruit’s expense. Ohio State will be footing the bill for his trip back to campus this time, as official visits come all expenses paid.
Still yet, Gunnell’s decision to head to Columbus after previously planning a visit to Stillwater is notable. The 6-foot-6, 212-pound signal-caller has been trending Ohio State’s direction ever since an unofficial visit to its campus just one month ago with his father, which stole all the momentum Oklahoma State had in his recruitment before it. Another trip to Ohio State — his second in as many months — could be damaging to the orange OSU’s shot moving forward as he nears a decision.
One particular tidbit worth mentioning, too, is where four-star 2018 receiver Garrett Wilson stands after an official visit to Ohio State this weekend. Wilson, an Austin, Texas native, is a top-50 prospect who has the Buckeyes high on his list; he’s expected to make a commitment following his official visit to the University of Texas next weekend. If his decision turns scarlet and gray, it would give Urban Meyer a wave of positive momentum on the recruiting trail as Gunnell readies for his official.
All of this is not a particularly good sign for the Cowboys. We’ll see when, or if, Gunnell decides to make up his visit to Stillwater — but all signs point to OSU suddenly falling into a distant second place in the race for one of the top uncommitted QBs in the 2019 class.