Top 25? Top 25.
Gundy’s teams are a mainstay in the top 25 and they’re currently in a recruiting top 25:
The Cowboys will be one of the most talked about teams entering the 2017 season, and the last two years of 10-win seasons are having an impact on the trail. The bell cow of the class is ESPN 300 quarterback Spencer Sanders out of Denton, Texas, who is a natural born leader and winner.
Joining Sanders from the Lone State State is fast-rising tight end Nic McTear, linebacker Blake Barron and quarterback/athlete Jaelyn Nolan. In-state offensive tackles Hunter Anthony and Bryce Bray, along with Illinois tackle Hunter Woodward are need-fillers in a big way. [ESPN Insider]
I think this is where familiarity supersedes professional observation. It’s not unusual nor surprising that the Pokes have drawn in a top 25 quarterback, some solid offensive line talent and unearthed a few gems that others will start to pounce on.
Isn’t this the case in most classes? Every other year-ish the Pokes land a four-star quarterback (Rudolph, Kolar, Walsh) and at least initially pull in the top shelf regional three-star o-linemen (Derek Kerstetter and Adrian Wolford last year, Dan Moore in 2016, Ryan McCollum in 2015). Most impressive will be Henson holding onto these guys.
Around 2010-2012, it was common sentiment that we would start to chase down four and five star type guys with the wins racking up and the shiny new stadium. Gundy famously left the club alone, stopped throwing all he had at the top recruits in the land and here we are (winning ten games over five of the last seven years).
Jawun in the Pros
Sports Illustrated has Jawun on their draft board with some “Come to Jesus” type comments about his NBA-ready game.
One of the top playmakers in this class, Evans had some remarkable performances this season and has the end to end speed and ballhandling skills to make up for his smaller stature.
He opened the season on this board and may sneak into the first round if there’s a team in need of an extra lead guard. However, Evans will encounter early trouble finding ways to score against NBA length, and has a bigger learning curve ahead of him to become more than a change-of-pace ballhandler. [Sports Illustrated]
Evans makes his debut at no. 32 on the top 40, just into the second round. It’s hard to blame him for cashing in his chips: he’s (likely) not getting taller and he’s shown his efficiency with sky high usage.
Teams in the early second are usually taking guys overseas to develop. His best shot at NBA minutes is a really good team late in the first that needs a playmaking backup point guard. Wouldn’t be disappointed to see the Thunder take him at 21…
OSU and NCAA Notes
Baseball takes on Texas Tech in Lubbock tonight….Briles was the fourth highest paid coach in college football his last year….Here comes the Texas hype train….Boston College hired a 37 year old AD….Sassy piece by Central Michigan student in response to the Alamo Bowl rings (Beat Tulsa and we’ll talk)
VT had himself a way of getting penetration, apparently pretty impressively among his peers.
Top pass-rush productivity scores among 2017 DT prospects:
Caleb Brantley pic.twitter.com/0zdS2ygx5m
— PFF College Football (@PFF_College) April 20, 2017
Given it’s a highlight reel, the amount of turnovers Spencer’s defenses force is truly impressive.
— Oklahoma State FB (@CowboyFB_Elite) April 20, 2017
A little late to the party but I guess an official announcement wasn’t enough.
Oklahoma State’s Jeffrey Carroll told ESPN he won’t go through the NBA Draft process. Had initially declared.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) April 20, 2017
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