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Sean Gleeson Signs Four-Star QB Shane Illingworth in First Season at OSU

OSU gets its QB1 for 2020.

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STILLWATER — Shane Illingworth signed his letter of intent Wednesday, officially making him Oklahoma State’s third-highest rated quarterback prospect since 2000.

Illingworth, out of Norco, California, was the Cowboys’ top get on Wednesday. In his senior season, Illingworth threw for 3,081 yards and 40 touchdowns in Norco’s 11 games this season, according to Max Preps.

“He’s a big-armed, raw athlete … best years are ahead of him,” OSU coach Mike Gundy said. “He’s got size, he’s got strength. I was out there to see him a few weeks ago, and he’s actually thinned up a little bit. He’s lost about 12 pounds. He’s coming in next week or two weeks from now or whenever we start the next semester. He’s all football. That’s what he does. He’s been doing that for years and years. When you bring guys in that are all football, and they’re serious about it at that position, it’s a good sign.”

Gundy said Illingworth will enroll at OSU this spring, but Gundy said he doesn’t have any idea if the four-star QB would be able to compete for a role next season.

Illingworth was also the first quarterback Sean Gleeson secured as an FBS offensive coordinator. Gleeson came to OSU from Princeton, making this the first time Gleeson was able to recruit with scholarships.

That didn’t stop Gleeson from recruiting to the Ivy League school. Gleeson landed 2018 quarterback Brevin White to sign at Princeton. White was a four-star prospect with offers from Alabama, Arizona State and other Power Five programs.

“He did a good job picking up Shane,” Gundy said. “He stayed on him. He was with us a long time. … He’s scanning now for the next years. Sean is a smart guy. Could’ve been more difficult to recruit without him than with him. He signed the young man out of California (White) that had several offers that went to Princeton. He had some pretty good Power Five offers a year or two ago. Probably more of an advantage for him to go this way.

“It’s a little bit more difficult, I would think, when you’re recruiting without scholarships unless you’re in a family that says, ‘I want an Ivy League education, and I don’t care what else is out there.'”

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