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Five 2020 Signees Expected to Enroll Early

Gundy said a handful of his Wednesday signees will be in Stillwater in January.



STILLWATER — Five members of the Cowboys’ 2020 class will be fed to strength and conditioning coach Rob Glass before their classmates get to campus.

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy announced that the following players from OSU’s class of 2020 will be enrolling early for the spring semester.

Shane Illingworth (QB)
Quinton Stewart (CW)
Tyren Irby (DE)
Monroe Mills (OL)
Eli Russ (OL)

In classic Gundy fashion he also gave the caveat that he could be forgetting one.

Enrolling early is always a heavy question surrounding recruiting classes in that it gives would-be high school seniors about a five-month head start on college life. There is a lot of sacrifice in kids giving up their final few months of being a high schooler, though, and Gundy said enrolling early isn’t for everyone.

“I’ve always said it depends on the young man,” Gundy said. “Some young men are ready to do that, some aren’t. It doesn’t mean one way or the other. Is there an advantage? Sure there is. They get here, they start training with Coach Glass, they learn the system, they adapt to the college life, we all know how that is. Strategically, it’s an advantage if a young man’s ready for it. Some young men are ready to get out of high school, they’re ready to get out there in the world. The others are not so ready.”

Illingworth will be the second-straight quarterback signee to come early to Stillwater, as Illingworth’s fellow Californian Brendan Costello did so last season.

Irby’s early transition also makes a lot of sense. Irby, a defensive end, is the only junior college player OSU signed Wednesday. Irby had 40 total tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss and six sacks in his 11 games at Northwest Mississippi Community College this season.

The other three players Gundy said would enroll early come in the form of Stewart, a Cowboy back from Salina, Kansas, and offensive linemen Eli Russ (Ardmore, Oklahoma) and Monroe Mills (Columbia, Missouri).

“If they ask us, we’ve always said, ‘If you’re ready, this is what you want to do, sure. If you’re not, don’t push yourself,'” Gundy said. “But it is an advantage for them, there’s no question about that just because the time June rolls around, they know the system and they’ve been training for five months with Coach Glass.”

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