Giving concrete predictions in recruiting can be a lot like storm-chasing: It’s probably dumb, there’s no correct way to do it, and you’ve got to be a little crazy to give it a try.
So here I am. Please take all of this with the extremely large caveat that this is subject to change immediately if not sooner. Because recruiting is as fickle as Oklahoma weather.
Now let’s get weird and make some predictions on who will be the next to join OSU’s 2019 recruiting class, in order of where I think the dominoes could fall.
Trace Ford | DE | 6-3, 218
Despite Collin Clay picking Arkansas over OSU and others, Ford is clearly the guy the Pokes prefer to take at DE. He’s a game-wrecking difference maker off the edge and in the interior. I think it comes down to Arkansas and OSU here … and I like the Pokes as the slight favorite right now.
Darwin Barlow | RB | 5-11, 195
The longer Barlow holds out, the less confident I get in OSU’s chances. Because his June official visit gets more distant and less memorable with every new offer and visit he pulls in.
Nonetheless, OSU hasn’t taken a RB in the 2019 cycle. And Barlow has been made the highest priority. That will make a difference … but will it sway the favor for OSU? I give it a 40 percent chance he ends up wearing orange and black.
Kevon Glenn | ILB | 6-1, 220
I’ve written about Glenn before, but I’m still blown away every time I look at his offer sheet and see that 44 (!!) schools have made him an offer. What I’m not particularly blown away by, though, is the caliber of his offers.
The biggest offers of the bunch are arguably OSU, Nebraska, Indiana, Kentucky and Texas A&M. But he’s a wild card because he’s a Georgia native. I like OSU’s shot here, especially because of a glaring need to bring in a true inside backer such as Glenn.
Myles Jernigan | OLB | 6-3, 210
A three-star outside backer out of South Grand Prairie, Texas, Jernigan is a rising prospect who picked up an offer in June during a standout showing at a camp at OSU. Then he visited OSU two weeks later.
There’s not much of a timeline known about his decision making process, but despite Baylor being the 247 favorite, I think OSU has a 50/50 chance to pull him out of Texas. Especially because his relative, three-star defensive tackle Jayden Jernigan, is already committed to the Pokes.