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OSU’s 2021 Recruiting Class Makes Move up Rankings on Signing Day

This class ranks as one of Gundy’s best on a per-player rating average.



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On the first day of the three-day early national signing period, Oklahoma State made a strong mark.

On Wednesday, the OSU coaching staff signed every recruit that had been committed to the program, successfully reclassified one of the top 2022 commitments and convinced a transfer running back from Utah State to join the fold.

The developments pushed Oklahoma State up the recruiting rankings to No. 36 nationally and up to No. 3 in the Big 12, territory that flirts with one of Mike Gundy’s best recruiting classes since he took over in 2005.

Here’s a look at the finish for each class by year. It’s too soon to call the class final, given that there are several days left in the early signing period and two more months for things to shift ahead of the February signing day. But it’s a positive sign nonetheless that OSU’s class rates third-best among conference clubs, which would be the best finish for any class since Gundy’s arrival.

Year Nat’l rank Big 12 rank Per-player avg.
2005 47 9 81.27
2006 18 4 85.30
2007 25 4 85.61
2008 32 5 84.79
2009 34 5 85.33
2010 29 5 86.28
2011 25 4 85.64
2012 31 6 85.59
2013 31 5 84.56
2014 27 4 85.91
2015 40 7 84.86
2016 45 7 84.67
2017 38 4 84.95
2018 34 5 86.52
2019 38 5 86.01
2020 40 5 85.46
2021 36 3 86.32

Recruiting rankings can skew in favor of quantity and not quality, particularly early on in cycles, but that isn’t the case here. The 86.32 per-player average in the 2021 class is second-best among all OSU classes since 2005 behind only 2018, a class that featured four-stars CJ Moore and Spencer Sanders as well as highly regarded three-star prospects in Sean Michael Flanagan, Jonathan Shepherd and Bryce Bray.

Rankings adjustments will likely happen at least one more time in the coming months, and there’s no doubt a lot can change between now and the February signing day that could push OSU down, but with several headline stars and strong top to bottom talent, this class should wind up being regarded as one of Gundy’s best of the decade.

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