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The Reload: Kansas Trending for Five-star Center and OSU Target David McCormack



The Reload is PFB’s recruiting recap catching you up to speed with the latest Oklahoma State recruiting news, with an ear to the ground for what to expect.

At one point in time not long ago, Oklahoma State was considered the front-runner to land five-star center David McCormack out of Oak Hill Academy. But that momentum has quickly shifted just north of Stillwater to Lawrence and now Bill Self and the Kansas Jayhawks are the clear favorites, according to his latest 247Sports crystal ball predictions.

On Wednesday and Thursday, recruiting experts Jamie Oakes, Charlie Strauzer and Chris Arvin put in votes in favor of the Jayhawks — leaving KU now with 80% odds of landing the big man, and OSU with just 7%, behind KU and Georgetown.

So what now? McCormack was far-and-away OSU’s No. 1 target entering the summer live period, and while the Pokes seemingly made ground as the leaders during that time, they’ve now taken a clear back seat in his recruitment as his decision nears closer and closer.

That now leaves OSU with two options. First: Woo the man when he visits Stillwater.

McCormack set his OSU official visit for homecoming weekend, which at this point appears to be OSU’s final chance to sway him before he makes a commitment. With the homecoming atmosphere and likely attention he’ll get from fans in attendance for the monstrous event, perhaps his mind will change and he’ll trend back in OSU’s direction. Roll the orange carpet out and hope for the best.

Or… the most likely option: OSU moves on.

This weekend, Oklahoma State will host 2018 big man Yor Anei for an official visit. The 6-foot-10 big man from Lenexa, Kansas, was visited recently by OSU coaches, and with an official visit on the docket, the coaches could look to snag his commitment before he becomes a known commodity.

According to Rivals, Anei does in fact hold an OSU offer. So with the news that McCormack could be looking elsewhere, that offer could suddenly become very committable for an under-the-radar prospect who holds offers from Central Arkansas, Southern Illinois and Denver.

As with recruiting, the landscape can change quickly. But it appears OSU and first-time head coach Mike Boynton have a contingency plan in place for McCormack. All eyes are on Yor Anei as the weekend rolls around.

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