Happy Monday – I’m trying out doing the Bullets more in the A.M. – I hope getting these out a bit later isn’t too tough on everybody.
• Gundy lands a touted CB recruit
• Changes on offense
• Cowboy defense’s unsung hero
• The Pokes landed a cornerback commit over the weekend – and there was a surprising number attached to him.
(Korie) Black is the 37th ranked cornerback in the class of 2020 and 68th ranked player in the state of Texas. He is now the fourth-highest rated player in OSU’s 2020 class, and the highest rated cornerback to commit to OSU since 2014.
Oklahoma State beat out 21 (!!!) other programs for Black’s commitment, including his hometown team Baylor, Purdue, Colorado, Minnesota, Kansas State, Texas Tech, Nebraska, and Syacuse, among others. [CRFF]
Gundy cares about stars about as much as my soon-to-be-two-year-olds care about vegetables and that Black is the highest rated commit since Chris Hardeman‘s fling in Stillwater could be worth some excitement.
• How different will OSU’s offense look this year? Not only is OSU changing quarterbacks this year but a new offensive coordinator and offensive line coach.
“Sean (Gleeson) is a young, up-and-coming, high-energy technician with great ideas that we can implement in our system. I just hope we can have it all ready by the first game.”
Former coordinator Mike Yurcich needed a few months to get comfortable in OSU’s offense — and there should be no mistake that Gleeson, while bringing fresh ideas from Princeton, was brought in to run OSU’s offense.
Dickey has other offensive principles in his background and can offer some twists to what the Cowboys have been doing, especially in the run game, whether it’s the running back or the quarterback. [NewsOK]
The story has always been that folks come in to run OSU’s stuff but surely hiring a Princeton man and a Bill Snyder disciple will have its tweaks, right?
• When you make arguments for optimism around the OSU defense, you start with the secondary and this underclassmen would be a good place to start.
(Kolby) Peel made the last defensive play of the season in 2018 when he closed fast on Missouri quarterback Drew Lock and put him on the ground on fourth down to end Missouri’s last possession and last chance in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. It was Peel’s emergence on the heels of fellow freshman safety Jarrick Bernard that gave the defensive staff such hope for improvement on defense in 2019.
Peel became a stalwart at the bandit safety with his physical brand of tackling. [GoPokes]
• This is an interesting conversation – and probably accurate if “CFB town” is defined as anywhere college football is played. Something feels odd about Miami, Florida as being described as a college football town… Would LA or San Diego not be just as high?
10 best CFB towns: @USATODAY
1. Madison, Wisconsin
2. Athens, Georgia
3. Austin, Texas
4. Baton Rouge, Louisiana
5. Ann Arbor, Michigan
6. Tuscaloosa, Alabama
7. Auburn, Alabama
8. Miami, Florida
9. South Bend, Indiana
10. Boise, Idaho
— CFB Hype (@CFB_Hype) June 22, 2019
• This UConn to the Big East stuff is pretty wild. Here’s the optimistic take on it and the fun part about it is the school that gets the bump to the AAC as a result of the vacancy.
— Andy Katz (@TheAndyKatz) June 23, 2019
• Pretty solid (but sort of obvious) personal finance hacks
• Some encouraging nuggets in here about the Thunder – especially Presti noting that he’s not done yet after an underwhelming draft
• Appreciated this faith-based look at goal setting and productivity