Mike Yurcich, like him or not, built his legacy at Oklahoma State where every good offense starts — a high-level quarterback. He brought in the school’s most recent franchise passer, Mason Rudolph, and maybe its next one in Spencer Sanders.
Now it’s Sean Gleeson’s turn, and he’s got his eye on an elite-level passer out of California to hitch his wagon to.
Shane Illingworth, a four-star QB out of Norco, California, announced an Oklahoma State offer via his Twitter account on Monday night.
“Wow… I am so excited to announce that I have received a offer to play at Oklahoma State University!!
This makes 10 offers for the top-200 prospect who is ranked the No. 8 pro-style passer in the 2020 class and the No. 16 overall recruit out of Cali. Arkansas, Louisville and five Pac-12 teams have also offered including Cal and Washington State. Don’t expect those offers to slow down either.
Still months from the start of his senior season, Illingworth hardly looks lanky at 6-foot-6 and 225 pounds, and he has an arm like a cannon.
Illingworth had a big junior season for Norco High, slinging it for
2,739 yards and 29 touchdowns with a completion rate of 63 percent.
Back in January, Illingworth talked with 247 about some of his earlier offers and what he was looking for in a school. Arkansas was getting a lot of his attention back then, as was Washington State whose high-powered offense and charismatic head coach were attractive to him.
“Hold my steno pad and watch this,” says Mike Gundy.
And based on what he said earlier this year, a decision could come sooner than later.
“I don’t have a set timeframe right now but I know it will be in the summer before I start school,” Illingworth told 247. “I’ll take my visits and then whenever it feels right, I’ll go ahead and make my decision.
“Location doesn’t matter to me, I’ll go anywhere. I’m just want to find a place where I feel comfortable and fit in. I think when I find the right school, I’ll know it so I’m looking forward to playing out the process and we’ll see what happens.”
If his feelings haven’t changed over the spring, that could bode well for the Cowboys who now are seemingly in the loop.
Barring any unforeseen departures, Oklahoma State’s 2020 QB room would include a redshirt sophomore Spencer Sanders and presumably redshirt freshman Brendan Costello.
Take a look at Illingworth’s junior season highlights.