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Meet the Newbie: Hunter Anthony Leads Way for OSU’s OL Renaissance

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This summer we’re going to do our best to get you acquainted with some of the newest members of Oklahoma State’s football team before you get to see them take the field.

We’ll start this series with the five early enrollees who have already donned the orange and black this spring and kick things off with a big addition who may not make an immediate splash but could be a huge part of OSU’s future success.

His Road to Stillwater

Hunter Anthony hails from Tuttle, Oklahoma, where he anchored an offensive line that paved the way for over 2,200 rushing yards his senior season.

The three-star prospect chose OSU over offers from Iowa State, Kansas and Central Arkansas. ESPN ranked Anthony as the No. 59 offensive tackle nationally, and he was a top 20 Oklahoma prep star according to ESPN, 247Sports and Rivals.

His Role in 2018

Anthony was Josh Henson’s first commitment as OSU’s offensive line coach and was the first to step cleat on campus officially as the sole early enrollee among linemen in the 2018 class. That means he will benefit from the extra reps in spring practice and could have a leg up when it comes to playing early.

The Cowboys’ offensive line loses a lot including starting center Brad Lundblade and both starting tackles Aaron Cochran and Zachary Crabtree, but got some good news when Larry Williams was granted an additional year.

All that being said, it’s rare that Oklahoma State sees freshmen O-linemen hit the field. But don’t tell that to Anthony’s high school coach.

“He’s aware of the numbers at Oklahoma State and how thin they are on the offensive line,” Tuttle coach Brad Ballard told The Oklahoman. “Anything he can do to separate himself and get there and go after it, I think he’s up for it.”

What He Brings

At 6-foot-7 and now 330 pounds (according to OSU’s spring guide), Anthony is a load. Give him a year or so under Rob Glass’ tutelage and the Cowboys could have a bonafide stud up front.

“Hunter’s got all those things you can’t coach,” Ballard said in the same article. “He is massive. He’s a kid who really loves to play football. He has a lot to learn, still, but I think all high school linemen do. His biggest asset is his toughness, and he’s a little bit nasty. I think that serves an offensive lineman well.”

Anthony hasn’t got a chance to make any highlights in college yet but you can appreciate his physical traits by the way he manhandled would-be tacklers at the high school level.

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