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Resetting the RB Target Board after Cam Valdez’s TTU Pledge

Here’s who is still out there after OSU missed on Valdez this week.

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Top-350 national recruit Cam’Ron Valdez, considered one of OSU’s top targets at the running back position for the 2021 recruiting cycle, committed last week to Texas Tech. His decision leaves OSU — and the dozen-plus other programs who missed on him — in a quest to pick up the pieces and refocus priorities at the position as the December signing day fast approaches.

For Oklahoma State, there remains plenty of options. Below are a few names to watch as the Cowboys’ staff shifts its focus elsewhere.

1. Alton McCaskill | 6-1 | 200

It may be time to give this Texas talent the full-court press. OSU was his first offer in the spring of 2019, but the big dogs are quickly learning how special this kid is, with USC, Alabama, Arizona State and Notre Dame among some of his recent offers. He’s got a great frame, good size and looks like a great pairing next to Jaden Nixon, OSU’s other running back recruit.

2. Tiyon Evans | 5-11 | 215

A junior college standout from Hutch, Tiyon Evans looks like a lock to head to South Carolina. But what do I always say about recruiting? Nothing is ever a lock until the papers are signed … and even then it’s still no sure thing. Evans could give OSU a real physical and explosive presence in the backfield who has experience, too. OSU is among those vying for his talents, but South Carolina, Tennessee, Houston and Maryland are in the mix here as well.

3. Devin Neal | 5-11 | 208

Neal is a Lawrence, Kansas native who earlier this spring committed to Kansas over Nebraska, Iowa, Oklahoma State and others. Perhaps he’ll reconsider. Kansas is #verybad at the football, so the pitch for OSU to potentially flip him is an easy one to imagine: Come play for a winning program and stay somewhat close to home. He’s KU’s only four-star commitment in its 2021 class.

4. Qwontrel Walker | 5-8 | 200 pounds

Local folks know the name, and Stillwater folks know the name then stand on a table and scream for OSU to offer. This kid can absolutely go. Playmaker in space who averages about 10 yards per carry for Stillwater High and has explosiveness and shiftiness that can translate. He’s on the smaller side, but it hasn’t in any way hindered him from producing at an elite level in high school, as he recorded more than 2,000 yards rushing and 33 touchdowns last season. No reported scholarship offers yet, but OSU could be one to watch.

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