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Malachi Smith Commits to Dayton Leaving OSU’s 2021 Class a Mystery

Here is a list of 2021 prospects to keep an eye on.

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Mike Boynton’s 2021 recruiting class has been interesting to track.

Oklahoma State offer Malachi Smith committed to Dayton on Saturday leaving OSU as the one of three Big 12 programs without a 2021 commit, the others being TCU and Kansas State. Boynton’s recent success in signing three four-star prospects and No. 1 2020 recruit Cade Cunningham leaves little doubt that he knows what he is doing, but his 2021 plans remain covered.

OSU will likely have at least three scholarships (Cade Cunningham, Ferron Flavors and Bryce Williams) to lend out in the cycle with a few asterisks.

The first asterisk is OSU’s appeal of their NCAA sanctions. In June, as part of the FBI’s investigation into college basketball, OSU got hit with a stiff penalty that included the loss of three scholarships between 2020-21 through 2022-23. From our understanding, the Cowboys don’t have to take all those hits at once if the appeal doesn’t go through, but could drop one or two scholarships in the 2021 cycle.

Another asterisk could be eligibility this season. The NCAA has already announced that fall sports won’t count toward athlete’s eligibility, essentially giving them all a free redshirt. There are questions that need to be answered with that moving forward, but it will be interesting to see if basketball gets something similar.

Then there’s the possibilities of transfers that could provide OSU with more available scholarships or maybe the 0.00001 percent chance Cunningham stays in Stillwater for a second season.

With all that out of the way, here are some names to keep an eye on.

Daimion Collins: OSU doesn’t have many offers out to 2021 bigs, but one they’ve been on for a while is Collins. Collins included OSU in his top 10 in early July, but recently picked up a Kentucky offer. He is a 6-foot-9, 210-pound center from Texas and ranked 22nd in the 2021 cycle.

Trey Alexander: Alexander, a standout at Heritage Hall in OKC has been a premier in-state talent for a while now. A 6-foot-3 shooting guard, Alexander is ranked 41st in the 2021 class, but it’s hard to say how much OSU is going after him. Earlier this month, Rivals’ Corey Evans reported the Cowboys have “not entirely prioritized the in-state prospect, there is a feeling that they could make up ground if they made a late push.

Wade Taylor: Taylor included OSU in his top five on Monday. A 6-foot guard from Lancaster, Texas, Taylor received his OSU offer back in 2018. He is the No. 141 player in the cycle.

Michael James: James put OSU in his top eight in July. He is a 6-foot-6 wing player from Orlando, Florida, a state OSU has recruited more heavily since Erik Pastrana joined Boynton’s staff. James is a four-star prospect, ranked 104th in his class. James announced via Twitter he will select a program Sept. 9.

CJ Noland: Noland’s stock has risen quite a bit this summer, and OSU got in at a good time. The Cowboys offered May 13 as his second offer from a Power Five school. Then Texas A&M, TCU, Vanderbilt and Oklahoma all threw their hats in the ring. Noland hasn’t trimmed his list down yet, but on Tuesday, he tweeted out that a shortened list was “coming soon.”

Jalen Lake: Noland’s high school teammates at Waxahachie, Lake announced an OSU offer in mid-July. OSU is the biggest dog among Lake’s offers, as he is still unranked.

Ramses Melendez: Another Floridian, Melendez got offered back in April 2019 and has steadily grown as a prospect. He is a 6-foot-5 wing and ranked 130th nationally.

Khalil Brantley: Brantley has remained under the radar since OSU offered him back in April. From Boynton’s hometown of Brooklyn, Brantley is a 6-foot point guard ranked 225th in the cycle.

Matt Stone: Stone’s recruitment process has been an interesting one to watch. He is still unranked and more than probably anyone on this list was hurt the most with all the summer ball cancellations and recruiting dead periods. Out of Kingfisher, Stone’s only high-major offer outside of OSU is Ole Miss.

 

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