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Talyn Shettron Named One ESPN’s Top 50 Newcomers in College Football for 2022

Shettron is one of seven Big 12 players on the list.



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The Cowboys’ touted rookie receiver is getting some national love before he’s even played a snap at Boone Pickens Stadium.

Talyn Shettron, Oklahoma State’s top-ranked signee in the 2022 class and its highest-rated receiver since Dez Bryant, was named one of the Top 50 Newcomers in college football for this upcoming season, according to ESPN.

During his senior season at Edmond-Santa Fe, Shettron caught 75 passes for 1,049 yards and 11 touchdowns. He signed as a four-star prospect with a 247 Composite ranking of 0.9505 and as the No. 19 wide receiver in his class. He was the No. 3 high school player in the state for 2022 and is currently the ninth-ranked player to ever sign at OSU — since 247Sports began keeping such a score. And that’s with Shettron’s stock dropping significantly after he flipped his commitment from Oklahoma to Oklahoma State.

But all of those stars and rankings add nothing to Shettron’s supposed impact on the Cowboys’ roster this upcoming fall.

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound playmaker inhabits a receiver room full of talent and layered with experience, but his ability to make plays on the outside and his physical gifts give him a chance to earn playing time in Year 1.

Shettron initially committed to Oklahoma out of high school, but then decommitted and picked Oklahoma State. He will have an experienced quarterback throwing to him in Spencer Sanders and is also coming in when the team is looking to replace production from leading receiver Tay Martin. There are other receivers in front of him, but with Oklahoma State’s offense, he should have plenty of opportunity.


In the spring, OSU offensive coordinator and receivers coach Kasey Dunn had this to say about Shettron’s potential.

“He’s still a freshman,” Dunn said. “There’s no question about that. I think he’s going to be a great player, but right now he’s still just kinda swimming. I think next week is prom. I gotta keep that in mind as I’m chewing on his ass — because I’m chewing, a lot. But he’s a great kid, and he wants to be good. That’s 95% of it is just how much you care about being a great player, and he cares. It’s just a matter of time with him. He’s got all the gifts.”

Shettron came in at No. 37 on the list, joining these fellow Big 12 freshmen and transfers: OU’s Dillon Gabriel, TCU’s Jordan Hudson and four Longhorns ( Cole Huston, Devon Campbell, Isaiah Neyor and Ryan Watts).

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