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Where Collin Oliver Ranks Among All-Time OSU Defensive Recruits

Some absolute dudes on this list.

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Collin Oliver is one of the highest-ranked Oklahoma State linebackers to pledge to the program. Ever. Period.

He also ranks quite high on the list of all-time recruits in the entire category of defensive players.

I culled the list of all-time signees to join the Cowboys program since recruiting rankings were indexed in the early 2000s, and Oliver’s inclusion on the shortlist, via the 247Sports database, is notable. Among all of them on the defensive side of the ball, he ranks 22nd — and notably just behind the likes of Justin Gilbert, Markelle Martin, Ugo Chinasa and others.

Some absolute dudes.

And this isn’t a small sample size, either. We’re talking about nearly 20 years worth of defensive recruits. (Most classes have roughly 25 players, so if you figure half of them are defenders then there are several hundred he’s outclassed to be so highly regarded on the list.)

Class Position Name 247Composite Rating
2003 DT Xavier Lawson-Kennedy 98.13
2007 SDE Richetti Jones 97.86
2010 OLB Shaun Lewis 94.84
2006 SDE Derek Burton 93.76
2006 CB Terrance Anderson 93.28
2004 WDE Nathan Peterson 92.22
2006 CB Perrish Cox 91.97
2014 OLB Gyasi Akem 91.63
2007 DB William Cole 91.42
2010 CB Justin Gilbert 90.59
2009 S Daytawion Lowe 90.53
2015 DT Darrion Daniels 90.32
2008 S Markelle Martin 90.05
2005 SDE Ryan McBean 90.00
2003 CB Robert Jones 90.00
2007 DT Tonga Tea 90.00
2002 CB Vernon Grant 90.00
2004 DT Walter Thomas 90.00
2013 SDE Naim Mustafaa 89.59
2006 WDE Ugo Chinasa 89.38
2010 ILB Caleb Lavey 89.04
2021 ILB Collin Oliver 89.01
2019 WDE Trace Ford 88.97
2012 OLB Seth Jacobs 88.42
2011 ILB Ryan Simmons 87.78

Verbal commitments are non-binding and thus, Oliver’s inclusion comes with an asterisk for now. He’s a commitment, not a signee. There’s a big difference. (Just ask Greg Adkins.)

But his placement on this list underscores just how monstrous his verbal commitment is for an Oklahoma State program that wants to keep top talent in the state close to home and also ratchet up its talent level across the board. Perhaps it’s too soon for Gundy and Co. to throw a celebration, but if he signs in December, OSU should be thrilled about his prospects of potentially producing in a similar way many of the other stars on the list did in year’s past.

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