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The Reload: Elite Linebacker Names OSU in Top Six, New In-state TE Offer, Breaking Down Hoops Targets



The Reload is PFB’s recruiting recap, catching you up to speed on the latest news and rumors surrounding Oklahoma State recruiting, with an ear to the ground for what to expect in the future.

Cowboys make top 6 for elite Georgia linebacker

Buford, Georgia linebacker Tyler Taylor, ranked as the No. 11 inside linebacker in the 2017 class, named his top schools over the weekend and included OSU, OU, Alabama, Georgia, Auburn and LSU.

Taylor has already made an unofficial visit to OSU and, just by the looks of other recruiting classes, I think OSU is in fairly good shape for the consensus four-star linebacker. OSU can not only offer room in the ’17 class (they have one linebacker slot reserved at OLB for Brendan Vaughn, who will likely be a candidate for the hybrid Star role), but they can also offer a ton of playing time early. The inside linebacker positon is often times seen as the quarterback of the defense. And with Ryan Simmons graduating and losing Seth Jacobs to early retirement, OSU has early playing time to sell — something I seriously doubt Bob Stoops or Nick Saban could try to do with a serious face.

New in-state tight end offer to 2018 prospect

Westmoore High’s James Palmer, a rising sophomore from the OKC area, picked up his first scholarship offer on Monday as the Cowboys extended an official offer.

Palmer is a 6-4, 215-pound baller who is the second OKC area target in back-to-back classes for Jason McEndoo. Palmer had 508 total receiving yards on 35 catches in his sophomore season, and was a consistent threat with an average of more than 50 yards per game.

New hoops offers

The first offer of the weekend went to 2018 rising point guard Anfernee Simons, a four-star guard from Orlando, Florida — Lamont Evans territory. Simmons now has offers from OSU and Florida in the past week and is impressing coaches on the AAU circuit this summer. At 6-4, 185, he has plenty of upside and, as seems to be a trend with Underwood’s point guards, can handle the ball well and score well, too.

Simons recently transferred to Montverde Academy, a prominent basketball powerhouse who most notably churned out Ben Simmons of LSU, who will likely become the No. 1 pick in the upcoming NBA draft. Simons is a four-star prospect.

Another offer over the weekend for Underwood’s staff went to 2019 Power Forward Drew Timme — his first Div I offer. Once again, I get a really solid vibe from OSU with their confidence in recruiting. As you’ve probably gathered from PFB’s recruiting coverage, Underwood isn’t afraid to chase after top-level talent, but he’s also not afraid to make the first scholarship offer to a relative unknown. That tells me Underwood and his staff are confident in their scouting ability — and that’s an excellent sign for OSU.

Timme is a 6-9 power forward from Richardson, Texas, who plays for J.J. Pearce High School. Timme is the first power forward offer for OSU in 2019. He picked up his offer during an unofficial visit to Stillwater over the weekend.

The third hoops offer, which actually came on Monday, was to 2018 forward Raekwon Drake. The 6-5 high-flyer from Chicago has an excellent mid-range game and plays above the rim with ease, with an ability to read the play before it develops and using it to get blocks and set himself up for alley-oops. He’s listed as a power forward but is severely undersized, so my guess is that Underwood is looking at him for a stretch four or even a wing player in Stillwater. He can run the floor well and, if he can develop an outside game, could develop into a legitimate stretch big man over time.

2017 Power Forward Planning Visit

Raiquan Gray, a 2017 power forward whom OSU recently offered, is planning to make a visit to Stillwater soon according to “I plan to get to Oklahoma State sometime this June, and then I also plan to get to Florida,” the Fort Lauderdale prospect said.

Additionally, his relationship with Lamont Evans, Brad Underwood’s Florida guy, could play a huge factor in his recruitment.

“I have a good relationship with Coach Lamont,” Gray told Scout. “He was at South Carolina, and has been recruiting me since the ninth grade. We have a real good relationship, so I like that about them [Oklahoma State].

Gray is a consensus four-star prospect with 20 Div. I offers, who recently named OSU in some of his top schools.

2018 Sharpshooter Makes OSU Visit

2018 shooting guard Keyshawn Embery made an unofficial visit to Oklahoma State on Monday afternoon, per a source. Embery is one of the best players in the state in the 2018 class who has offers from TU, OSU, and K-State. With Embery, he was an offer extended by Travis Ford’s staff, so as far as the new staff, it’s not clear to me whether or not his offer still stands — but it is clear that the coaching staff is showing high interest at the least.

And with good reason. Embery plays with a confidence and swagger that makes him really entertaining to watch. His swagger translates on the court with his high expectations on defense and a really nice touch outside. The big talent from Midwest City seems to be interested in OSU, and he’ll definitely be a name to keep an eye on moving forward. Especially following the visit.

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