The Reload: How Latest Cornerback Offer Might Impact Running Back Recruitment for 2018

Israel Mukuamu.
Written by Kyle Boone

The Reload is PFB’s recruiting recap, catching you up to speed on the latest news and rumors regarding Oklahoma State recruiting.

JUCO DT Emmit Gooden visiting Oklahoma State

Just a day after naming Oklahoma State in his top schools, junior college defensive tackle standout Emmit Gooden announced he’ll be on campus in Stillwater this weekend for an unofficial visit.

Gooden is a former four-star defensive end who signed with Mississippi State out of high school but failed to qualify academically. He remained committed to the Bulldogs until January, where he opened up his recruitment and has since garnered offers from OU, Georgia, Arkansas, TCU, OSU and others.

Gooden has transformed his body from a defensive end into a 6-foot-4, 310-pound defensive tackle who is entering his final year of eligibility at Independence Community College in Kansas. He’s on track to graduate in December.

Louisiana safety showing strong interest in OSU

OSU is moving in on its targets at safety, and it’s time to officially keep a close eye on Bossier City safety Israel Mukuamu. The three-star 2018 recruit is high on OSU and has a developing relationship with Dan Hammerschmidt.

“When I first got to Louisiana I followed the safeties coach, Coach Hammerschmidt on Twitter and I inboxed him and sent him my film and he liked it right away,” he told Rivals. “I went up there for a junior day and he said he was going to be at my spring practice and before spring they offered me and I was surprised because it was out of nowhere. Since then they have really been on me. Coach Hammerschmidt really likes me a lot and I really like them as well.”

Mukuamu has 14 offers from the likes of South Carolina, Ole Miss and SMU, but his relationship with the head mullet could be a major factor.

“When I talked to [Gundy] I went to his office and he said they really liked the way I played and that their safeties coach would have a position for me no matter what and they’re just waiting for me to commit. He said he believes that I’m the guy for them and he feels that I’m going to graduate and in three or four years I can be the next face of the program.”

OSU signed multiple safeties in the 2017 class, however, the 2018 class is void of commitments at the position unless you count Kolby Peel.

2019 WR Garrett Wilson offered

Lake Travis is loaded with talent, and 2019 wide receiver Garrett Wilson might be the cream of the crop. The four-star prospect now has a double-digit offer list highlighted by Ole Miss, Baylor, TCU, Wisconsin and Arkansas. He’s one of only two returning starters for Lake Travis on offense headed into the 2017 season, so his numbers are likely to explode.

Along with Wilson, OSU also has offers out to 2019 top-100 wide receivers Devonta Lee and Jordan Whittington, among others. Wilson recorded 699 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns in his breakout sophomore campaign.

2018 LB/DE Tyree Wilson offered

Mike Gundy is reaching his hand in Mike Leach’s cookie jar with his latest linebacker offer to Tyree Wilson of West Rusk, Texas, who is committed to Washington State. He’s the ninth East Texas offer from OSU. Wilson is an outside linebacker and 2018 prospect who has picked up multiple offers this week alone.

Wilson is a late riser on the recruiting trail who had 74 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, one interception (TD), and two forced fumbles in his junior season. He also holds offers from Tulsa, Memphis and Tulane.

2020 ATH Kelvontay Dixon offered

Things just got more interesting for 2018.

OSU’s latest athlete/running back offer for 2020, Kelvontay Dixon, is the younger brother of blue-chip tailback Keaontay Ingram, OSU’s No. 1 target for 2018. Dixon plays running back and cornerback for Carthage.

OSU does not hold a commitment at running back for 2018, however a commitment from Ingram, a four-star prospect with 20+ offers, would do wonders in rounding out the class. Although Dixon, for his part, is obviously a can’t-miss prospect, OSU is looking to sell a package deal to the talented brother duo from Carthage. We’ll see how this plays out.