The Reload: Why Hunter Anthony Picked OSU, Top OL Target Names OSU in Final Cut

Marcel Brooks eyeing OSU.
Written by Kyle Boone

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.

How Hunter Anthony’s relationship with Henson led to OSU

Jacob Unruh of The Oklahoman wrote an awesome profile on OSU 2018 offensive line pledge Hunter Anthony, who said the reason for his commitment to OSU hinged on Henson’s return to Stillwater to coach the offensive line group after being on staff behind Greg Adkins for a year.

“That was probably the thing that sealed the deal,” Anthony said. “The coaching staff was awesome before him, but whenever he got there, man, I really wanted to be a part of it.”

Anthony, a Tuttle, Oklahoma native who stands at an intimidating 6-foot-7, 315 pounds, is one of five bullies up front Henson has landed commitments from since taking over the gig in February.

2018 offensive tackle Darrell Simpson names OSU in final eight

Four-star offensive tackle Darrell Simpson, a top-20 prospect in the 2018 class in Texas, named OSU in his final eight schools this week along with OU, LSU, TCU, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Arkansas and Ohio State.

Simpson is a monstrous offensive lineman who has been on OSU’s radar since J.W. Walsh was on campus and was his guide on a recruiting visit, and he’s been target No. 1 since Josh Henson took over. All indications lead me to believe he is leaning heavily towards OU—but I get the feeling Henson is keeping the Cowboys in play.

Despite five commitments at offensive line in the 2018 class, Simpson would be a must-take under any circumstance if he gave the green light to OSU. The blue-chip talent from Justin, Texas, is a can’t-miss prospect at 6-foot-7 and 335 pounds. No matter the scholarship count, OSU would make room for him.

2019 linebacker Marcel Brooks names OSU in top 13

Four-star class of 2019 linebacker Marcel Brooks dropped a photo naming his top 13 schools this week. Among them were OSU, TCU, OU, Penn State, Texas A&M, Florida, Baylor, Alabama, Texas, LSU, Florida State, Oregon and Clemson.

Brooks, who is one of the top outside linebackers in the country in the 2019 classification, is a top-100 national recruit and the No. 13 prospect in the great state of Texas from Flower Mound, Texas. He released his top 13 (the same top 13) back in June, but it seems he’s making another push of his list—potentially with the intent of narrowing it down soon.

Delrick Abrams commitment primer

2018 safety Delrick Abrams, a junior college prospect playing for Independence C.C., will make his commitment on Friday. Our team made predictions on Wednesday and we were split between OSU and Mississippi State, with the Cowboys holding a slight 3-2 edge.

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Abrams is picking between OSU, Colorado and Mississippi State.

“They want me to play strong safety,” the 6-foot-3 Abrams told PFB after a recent visit. “They said they like long safeties like Tre Flowers, so they see me like another safety like him when my game gets better. So I felt comfortable with that.”

Following his visit to Stillwater, Abrams noted that it was Colorado and OSU who were giving him the most attention on the recruiting trail.

OSU already has several commitments at safety in the 2018 class in Kanion Williams and Jarrick Bernard, but a junior college player like Abrams may be more primed to compete for a spot from day one.