Oklahoma State’s football recruiting class keeps getting better and better.
Caution, however, as OSU’s new glow isn’t based on any fresh commitments, but enhanced views of the five already claimed.
Yep, the stars are realigning, as they always do this time of year, with the recruiting analysts assigning values to the Class of 2015. Any changes aren’t based on game production, but camps (and who went to who’s camp), so take them lightly.
Still, the stars are shifting kindly in regard to the Cowboys commitments, so enjoy, because frankly it doesn’t happen all that often.
Mike Gundy and Co. have made their move up in the Big 12 with mostly three- and four-star prospects, and lower, using their own evaluation — and development — skills to win like no time in program history, even as the recruitniks have typically shrugged upon their classes.
Well, who knows what it means for sure, but the national analysts are taking a liking to OSU’s early commitments. And obviously, the Cowboys coaches like them, too.
At Rivals.com, recent cornerback commitment Jaylon Lane has been upgraded from three stars to four. And the Nacogdoches, Texas, product comes with a bonus, as he’s actively recruiting more premium prospects.
Running back Ronald Jones III, already considered the No. 3 back in the country by Rivals.com, was a four-star prospect when he announced his pledge to the Cowboys back in early April. Now the buzz is he’s headed for five-star status.
And Norman North’s John Kolar, generally considered a three-star quarterback, has always been perceived as a sure riser, having burst into the picture last season after taking over for injured David Cornwell, an Alabama signee.
ESPN.com’s recruiting rankings show OSU with three Top 100 prospects — more than any other Big 12 school — in Jones at No. 50, Lane No. 73 and Kolar No. 82.
Texas and Texas Tech, the only other conference schools owning a commitment in the Top 100, have two each.
So at least for now, this Cowboys’ class projects a clear shine.
Remember, OSU must be selective in this class, with fewer scholarships to give because to a small senior class. So the strong early news, even if it’s a gloss applied by the recruiting analysts, suggests Cowboys coaches have selected good ones.