The Reload is PFB’s recruiting recap catching you up to speed with the latest Oklahoma State recruiting news, with an ear to the ground for what to expect in the future.
Mike Boynton completes in-home visit with 2018 target
OSU head coach Mike Boynton paid a visit to 2018 big man Yor Anei on Sunday, according to Corey Evans of Rivals.com. The in-home visit with Anei, a 6-foot-9 power forward from Overland Park, comes just two weeks after he made a trip to Stillwater and picked up an offer from OSU.
“Boynton handed me the offer face-to-face,” Anei told Pistols Firing of his visit. “We were just talking, and he said he wanted to do it in person. So it meant a lot when he said that. The visit though, I would say it definitely surpassed my expectations. The campus was way better than I expected.
“I thought the facilities were real nice. I like how the football stadium is connected to the basketball building. That was real nice.”
Currently, 247Sports pegs Anei as a heavy OSU lean over other offers from UAB, Central Arkansas and Denver. And in the wake of missing the boat for five-star center David McCormack, it’s clear Boynton has made Anei a top priority.
Duncan Demuth offered
Speaking of power forward targets, Oklahoma State has seemingly moved in on yet another in addition to Anei in the Class of 2018. The coaching staff extended an offer this week to 6-foot-8 Seminole, Fla. prospect Duncan Demuth.
Demuth is a late-riser on the recruiting trail whose interest has soared this offseason. He’s picked up offers from Florida State, Iowa State, UMass, and South Carolina since July to go with his new Cowboys offer.
Given the fact that Boynton paid a personal visit to Yor Anei on Sunday, this development could mean OSU might be looking to add two big men to its 2018 class.
With top-100 prospect Antwann Jones recently backing away from his OSU pledge, there’s still plenty of room for OSU to add to its recruiting class. So adding size and athleticism in the frontcourt now, and worrying about scholarship distributions later, isn’t a bad strategy.
Four-star point guard eliminates OSU
Four-star point guard Ayo Dosunmu out of Morgan Park, Illinois, dropped all but two of his schools from consideration on Sunday. And OSU was on the chopping block.
Dosunmu named Illinois and Wake Forest among his final two, and all indications suggest he’ll be staying home to play for the Illini and … Brad Underwood.
— Mr. WhyNotMe (@AyoDos_11) October 9, 2017
For now, Oklahoma State is still squarely in the mix with 2018 Florida point guard prospect Elijah Weaver. But he remains the only point guard target in the Class of 2018 with an offer as it stands.
While the circumstances seem grim, it’s unlikely the point guard position is of high priority for OSU on the recruiting trail. Assuming Zach Dawson isn’t one and done at OSU (which seems unlikely), OSU will focus on recruiting size in the frontcourt, as well as shooting and a scoring threat to help soften the blow of the inevitable graduation of Jeff Carroll following the 2017-18 season.