It’s unclear whether football coaching staffs hand out employee of the month awards, but Oklahoma State’s Josh Henson deserves one.
The Cowboys offensive line coach racked up four tackle commitments in six days. The verbal commitments came from:
- Cole Birmingham, Katy (Texas)
- Preston Wilson, Argyle (Texas)
- Taylor Miterko, Carlsbad (N.M.)
- Joe Michalski, St. Thomas Aquinas (Overland Park, Kan.)
All four tackles are rated as 3-star prospects by the 247Sports composite. The storm of offensive linemen follows the commitment of 2019 quarterback Brendan Costello, who seemed to enjoy the busy recruiting week.
— Brendan Costello (@brendancostello) June 21, 2018
The Cowboys have struggled in recent years with offensive line recruiting. It seems to be doing a lot better with its recent string of verbals, which includes the No. 1-ranked player from New Mexico (Miterko) and Wilson, who had a lot of interest from FBS schools.
Oklahoma State still likely will push for another offensive line commitment, but Henson’s 2019 haul is in good shape after a few misfires on other targets.
Here’s how things stand with the 2019 class:
Where Oklahoma State’s class ranks
Oklahoma State’s 2019 class is No. 25 nationally and No. 4 in the Big 12, according to the 247Sports composite team rankings.
The Cowboys climbed seven spots in the national rankings since last week.
- Odessa (Texas) Permian athlete Peyton Powell released his top 10 this week, and the Cowboys were included. Powell is a 3-star prospect and, at 6-foot-2, 182 pounds, has the makings for a solid wide receiver or safety. Powell is also considering Baylor, Ole Miss, Texas Tech, Virginia, Arkansas, Texas, Illinois, TCU and Ohio State.
- Edmond (Okla.) Santa Fe defensive end and 3-star prospect Trace Ford is set to announce his top 8 on Friday. It’s highly likely the Cowboys will be on the list, as well as Arkansas and Baylor.
Offers by the numbers
- Reported offers: 105
- 5-star offers: 5
- 4-star offers: 42
- In-state recruits offered: 6
- Texas recruits offered: 55
- Missouri recruits offered: 6
- Louisiana recruits offered: 6
- Florida recruits offered: 4
- OT Cole Birmingham, 3 stars, Katy (Texas)
- TE Grayson Boomer, 4 stars, Collinsville (Okla.)
- QB Brendan Costello, 3 stars, San Clemente (Calif.)
- OLB Na’Drian Dizadare, not rated, Evangel Christian Academy (Shreveport, La.)
- ATH Thomas Harper, 2 stars, Karns (Knoxville, Tenn.)
- DE Isreal Isuman-Hundley, 3 stars, Liberty Christian (Argyle, Texas)
- DT Jayden Jernigan, 3 stars, Allen (Texas)
- CB Demarco Jones, 3 stars, Booker T. Washington (Tulsa, Okla.)
- OT Joe Michalski, 3 stars, St. Thomas Aquinas (Overland Park, Kan.)
- OT Taylor Miterko, 3 stars, Carlsbad (N.M.)
- CB Xavier Player, 3 stars, Steele (Cibolo, Texas)
- DT Xavier Ross, 3 stars, Cedar Hill (Texas)
- DE Kody Walterscheid, 3 stars, Muenster (Texas)
- OT Preston Wilson, 3 stars, Argyle (Texas)
- 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. He’s listed Oklahoma State as one of his top-6 choices. The Cowboys, however, will have a tough time landing the elite safety, who is ranked the No. 8 overall prospect by the 247Sports composite, over the likes of Alabama and Ohio State. Having Justice Hill on its roster, as well as the commitment of Daxton Hill’s high school teammate, Demarco Jones, should help Oklahoma State.
4-star WR Demariyon Houston, Oklahoma City Millwood
It would be a huge win for Oklahoma State to land (arguably) the best wide receiver prospect in Oklahoma for the second consecutive year. The Cowboys have been on Demariyon Houston since before his recruiting took off. That early offer could play in Oklahoma State’s favor, depending on how hard it pushes for the Oklahoma City product.
3-star DE Taurean Carter, Mansfield Legacy (Mansfield, Texas)
The Cowboys seem to be stockpiling defensive linemen this cycle, so why not target Taurean Carter? He is listed at 6-3, 260 pounds. He’s one of the top defensive end prospects and Texas products in the 2019 class, and Oklahoma State should be a big player for Carter if he isn’t scared of competition. His other major offers include Texas Tech, Florida, Indiana and Michigan State.
3-star DT Enoch Jackson, Mansfield Legacy (Mansfield, Texas)
Could Carter and Enoch Jackson both team up in Stillwater, Okla.? It’s possible. Jackson listed Oklahoma State as one of his top-6 choices. The Cowboys face an uphill battle with Jackson’s apparent interest in the SEC’s Arkansas, Georgia and Ole Miss. But the Cowboys are doing a great job so far with landing 2019 defensive linemen.
3-star C Drake Nugent, Highlands Ranch (Littleton, Colo.)
Recent Stillwater, Okla., visitor Drake Nugent could be another big offensive line get for coach Josh Henson. Nugent seemed to enjoy his visit, but the 2-star prospect is also being courted by Arizona State, among nine total offers. Nugent stands at 6-2, 260 pounds and is the No. 26 center in the country, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He could be another under-the-radar gem for coach Mike Gundy.
Here’s a breakdown of the number of commits by position and how many are projected to be signed:
- QB: 1/1
- RB: 0/1
- TE: 1/1
- WR: 0/2
- OL: 4/5
- DL: 4/5
- LB: 1/3
- CB: 3/3
- S: 0/3
- P: 1/1
Here’s a breakdown of Oklahoma State commits by location:
- California: 1 (Costello)
- Oklahoma: 2 (Boomer and Jones)
- Kansas: 1 (Michalski)
- Louisiana: 1 (Dizadare)
- New Mexico: 1 (Miterko)
- Tennessee: 1 (Harper)
- Texas: 7 (Birmingham, Isuman-Hundley, Jernigan, Player, Ross, Walterscheid and Wilson)
- Australia: 1 (Hutton)