Oklahoma State is one step closer to plucking an exciting defensive back talent out of Pac-12 country.
On Tuesday, three-star safety Jeffrey Bassa announced his Final 3 via his Twitter account that included Oklahoma State along with Oregon and his home-state school of Utah.
The Salt Lake City native, hailing from Kearns High School, had whittled his list to six back on July 3, but has since shaved off Arizona State, Baylor and Louisville.
So it appears that it will be between a couple of schools he won’t get to watch this fall and Oklahoma State. That might prove to be an interesting twist in Bassa’s recruitment down the stretch.
Bassa visited Stillwater for junior day back in January, and he had some nice things to say about OSU’s accommodations.
“I got a chance to tour all the facilities and then also got a chance to talk to some teachers about classes,” he told PFB+ after his visit to Stillwater. “I loved the facilities.”
At 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds, Bassa has the size and frame to play in OSU’s secondary tomorrow (he’d be the tallest DB on the roster). In fact, if he showed up on campus tomorrow he’d be the size of most incoming linebackers OSU signs.
Who knows, with some development under Rob Glass & Co. he might size himself out of the backfield altogether. But when he spoke with PFB last year, he did confirm the Cowboys were looking at him as a safety.
Along with his game-ready size, Bassa also brings that skill you can’t teach — speed.
He finished first in the 100 and 200 meters races in his district last season. And at the Nike Opening last year he logged a 34.6-inch vertical leap and a 4.5-second shuttle drill.
All of that speed and athleticism comes together to make for an exciting athlete for that position.
And a look at his junior film (see below) shows a dynamic ball hawk that also returned kicks for Kearns. Come for the kick return TDs (there are several) and stay for the game-winning pick-six.
Oklahoma State currently has 14 commitments for the 2021 class but just one designated safety, Muskogee product Ty Williams. Denton product Cam Smith, like Bassa, is labeled as an athlete, but it looks like he’ll end up in the secondary, as well.