The early signing period is in the rear-view for Oklahoma State. Its 23-man signing class addressed major needs, particularly at QB and at safety, and is one of the more intriguing hauls under Mike Gundy in recent memory.
Now that we’ve had time to digest the class, it’s time to break it all down with a little signing day superlatives, discussing the biggest steal, most athletic and more for insight into what OSU’s bringing in next season.
Most athletic: C.J. Moore
A dual-sport athlete who will play football and long jump for the Cowboys, Moore’s a gifted talent who can do it all. At 6-foot-5, he’s agile, fast and has incredibly soft hands for a man of his build.
I’m all in on this kid being a star.
Most versatile: Sean Michael Flanagan
Sean Michael Flanagan’s last minute commitment gave OSU on its most versatile recruits of the class. The Arkansas native played receiver, running back, corner and safety in high school, and will be a full-time occupant of OSU’s secondary to begin his career.
Even better news: Flanagan’s an early enrollee who will have a jump start on potentially being a day one contributor on the back end of OSU’s defense.
That seems like a spot he’s comfortable with.
Day one starter: Spencer Sanders
After accumulating 3,319 pass yards, 1,037 rush yards, 47 pass TDs and 11 rush TDs in his senior campaign, Spencer Sanders mastered Texas high school football like a cheat code and is the favorite to win the starting job replacing Mason Rudolph.
Mike Gundy came to the conclusion that Sanders is the most complete QB OSU has brought in out of high school at his signing day presser, and gushed about his fishing skills.
I’m all in.
Oh, and I also love his game. He’s a pretty good football player.
Biggest steal: Tyler Lacy
An outstanding pass-rusher from Texas power Sachse, Tyler Lacy picked up a ton of late interest before inking with the Pokes — including a Texas offer the night before signing day before sticking with his long-standing OSU pledge.
Ranked as the 12th-highest rated commit in OSU’s class, Lacy’s sack numbers and disruption were off the charts as a high school kid. He committed early in the process though and didn’t play the recruiting game, shutting down his recruitment and giving OSU his word early on.
That led to why he wasn’t a bigger deal on a national stage. But if he’s the 12th-best player in this class by the time it’s said and done, I’ll be stunned. He’s a star in waiting.
Most intriguing: Tanner McCalister and JayVeon Cardwell
Former Arkansas pledge Tanner McCalister committed late in the recruiting process to give OSU one of its most intriguing cornerback classes in years to go alongside Steele’s JayVeon Cardwell.
McCalister’s a 5-11 speedster while Cardwell proved he could survive and thrive at the highest level in the state at Cibolo Steele. I wouldn’t at all be stunned to see both play big minutes as freshman and potentially challenge for a starting gig.
Biggest need: Tyrese Williams
Brad Lundblade’s moving on and Minnesota transfer Tyler Moore — the presumptive favorite to win the job at center next season — saw his football career come to an end.
With Johnny Wilson on the roster OSU is likely set next season at snapper, but the addition of Tyrese Williams is a big one that gives the Pokes a much-needed natural center who has the talent to play early when he heals up from shoulder surgery.
Most likely to play on Sundays: Bryce Bray
I wanted to go CJ Moore here, but the offensive line class Josh Henson brought in deserves its due. The highest-rated member of the class, Bixby guard Bryce Bray, is perhaps the most intriguing.
At 6-foot-5 and 310 pounds, Bray’s an absolute mauler of a lineman who turned down big time offers to become a Cowboy. I’m enamored with him as a prospect, and think he could be an NFL high-rounder by the time he finishes his career.