Months before his junior year, 3-star defensive end Collin Clay had a handful of offers from smaller FBS programs.
That was until Oklahoma State put Clay on its radar.
“They’ve been recruiting me since I was a sophomore,” Clay said to DieHards. “They came to one of our scrimmages during practice, and they liked what they saw. So they offered me after the scrimmage. They saw something that they figured I would be able to do to make their defense better.”
Since the Cowboys offered Clay, the Putnam City (Okla.) High School product has picked up offers from more major programs and his offer list has grown to 16 schools.
Clay recently narrowed his choices to 10 with programs such as Oklahoma State, North Carolina, Georgia, Michigan, Florida and Oregon in the mix.
— Collin Clay (@thecollinclay_) March 17, 2018
Clay explained the top-10 list he released on March 17. He said, “I picked those 10, because those were the schools that were just keeping in touch with me every day. Those 10 had a plan for me. Telling me like how their plan would be for me if I was to ever to decide to commit to their school. But they stay in touch with me every day and just show a lot of love.”
The 2019 prospect hasn’t given too much thought to how proximity will play in his decision. Clay is originally from North Carolina, but if he decides to stay in-state, the Cowboys would be the obvious choice.
“I’m originally from North Carolina, so that offer from them means a lot,” Clay said. ” … Oklahoma State would be the school that I would go to if I decided to stay here.”
Here’s a look at where things stand for the 2019 class:
Where Oklahoma State’s class ranks
Oklahoma State ranks No. 38 nationally and No. 6 in the Big 12, according to the 247Sports composite team rankings, as of Friday.
Garrett Wilson down to Texas, Ohio State
Austin (Texas) Lake Travis wide receiver Garrett Wilson seems to have narrowed his choices to Texas and Ohio State. Oklahoma State was originally in the mix, but Wilson says he’ll visit the Buckeyes on April 14 and the Longhorns on April 21 and a decision will soon follow.
I will be taking my official visits to;
Ohio State University April 13-15
University of Texas April 20-22
I’ll announce my commitment shortly after.
— Garrett Wilson (@GarrettWilson_V) April 1, 2018
Oklahoma State didn’t make any offers this last week.
Offers by the numbers
- Reported offers: 79
- 5-star offers: 3
- 4-star offers: 43
- In-state recruits offered: 5
- Texas recruits offered: 46
- Louisiana recruits offered: 3
- Florida recruits offered: 4
- TE Grayson Boomer, 3 stars, Collinsville (Okla.)
- CB Demarco Jones, 3 stars, Booker T. Washington (Tulsa, Okla.)
- P Tom Hutton, 2 stars, ProKick Australia (Australia)
5 top uncommitted targets
5-star S Daxton Hill, Tulsa (Okla.) Booker T. Washington
Daxton Hill, the younger brother of Oklahoma State running back Justice Hill, is one of the best players in the 2019 class. The Cowboys will have a tough time landing the elite safety, who’s ranked the No. 27 overall prospect by 247Sports, but it should help Oklahoma State to have Justice Hill on its roster (as well as the commitment of Daxton Hill’s teammate, Demarco Jones). Oklahoma and Ohio State are also in the mix for Daxton Hill.
4-star QB Grant Gunnell, Houston St. Pius X
Grant Gunnell, a one-time Texas A&M commit, is the No. 53 overall prospect in the 2019 class. With 39 offers, Gunnell has every major program after his services. But Oklahoma State is the projected leader for the Houston quarterback, according to 247Sports’ Crystal Ball predictions. He’s listed as a pro-style quarterback, and he has the frame (6-6, 212 pounds) to develop into a special player.
4-star DE Marcus Hicks, Wichita (Kan.) Northwest
Marcus Hicks is one of the best prospects in Kansas — if not the best. He has a huge frame (6-5, 236 pounds), and would provide the Cowboys a boost along their defensive line. The athletic lineman listed Oklahoma State among his top-12 choices, which also includes Oklahoma, Kansas State and Texas from the Big 12.
4-star C Branson Bragg, Crandall (Texas)
The Cowboys made Branson Bragg’s top-10 list, but stealing the elite center prospect out of the state of Texas will be tough. The Longhorns seem to be the early front-runner for Bragg, according to 247Sports.com, which ranks him as the No. 3 center in the 2019 class and a composite 4-star prospect. He’d easily be one of the best offensive line commitments coach Mike Gundy has landed in years.
3-star DT Jayden Jernigan, Allen (Texas)
Jayden Jernigan, listed as the No. 32 defensive tackle in the 2019 class by 247Sports.com, has boasted an Oklahoma State offer for nearly a year. He seems to be trending in the right direction with the Cowboys as he is expected to make another visit to Stillwater in the near future. Defensive line depth will likely be a priority for Gundy this cycle. Jernigan is an underrated prospect with 16 offers, including Colorado, Oregon, Texas Tech and Washington.
Here’s a breakdown of the number of commits by position and how many are projected to be signed:
- QB: 0/1
- RB: 0/1
- TE: 1/1
- WR: 0/2
- OL: 0/5
- DL: 0/5
- LB: 0/3
- CB: 1/3
- S: 0/3
- P: 1/1
Here’s a breakdown of Oklahoma State commits by state/country:
- Oklahoma: 2 (Boomer and Jones)
- Australia: 1 (Hutton)