Quinn Shanbour's future plans changed in a hurry.
Shanbour, the former Heritage Hall quarterback, had returned to Connecticut after Christmas break, where he was a football player at Choate Rosemary Hall, a preparatory academy in Wallingford.
But the option to walk on at Oklahoma State quickly presented itself, and Shanbour was set to board an airplane Thursday and begin classes in Stillwater on Friday.
That will allow Shanbour to participate in spring practice with the Cowboys.
“It's crazy, because it happened so fast,” Shanbour said Thursday. “It's always been my dream school. I'm more than ecstatic. I just have to work hard and try to prove myself.”
Quarterback had been a position of question in the Cowboys' 2013 recruiting class since the decommitment of Luke Del Rio last month. Shanbour said OSU coaches told him he's probably the only quarterback to be brought in, meaning OSU is unlikely to use a scholarship at the position.
Shanbour gives the Cowboys at least five quarterbacks right now, with Clint Chelf, Wes Lunt, J.W. Walsh and Daxx Garman. Jase Chilcoat and Cody Peterson were also with the team in the fall and could remain.
Shanbour had a scholarship offer from Colorado, but that situation changed when coach Jon Embree was let go. Northwestern (La.) State offered him, and programs like East Carolina, Indiana and multiple Ivy League schools were showing interest.
Shanbour threw for more than 1,500 yards and ran for nearly 900 in his prep school season. As a senior at Heritage Hall in 2011, he threw for 2,612 yards and 37 touchdowns with just three interceptions.
“All I want is a shot,” he said. “That's all I asked for. I couldn't imagine going anywhere else. I want to be a coach, so why not learn playing for the best coaches in the country?”
COULD SOONERS, COWBOYS BENEFIT FROM OREGON FALLOUT?
It's too early to tell exactly what will happen with the 13 players who have verbally committed to Oregon, now that coach Chip Kelly has left for the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles.
But you know other schools will be looking for opportunities to snag players in the aftermath.
Like any major school, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are likely to get in on the action, at least making an inquiry toward the sincerity of the Oregon pledges.
And both schools have an interest in a number of Duck commits.
The Sooners have standing offers with Tyrell and Tyree Robinson (four-star twin WRs from the San Diego area), three-star LB Danny Mattingly from Washington and four-star RB Dontre Wilson from DeSoto, Texas.
Oklahoma State has an offer out to Wilson, while maintaining listed interest in the Robinson twins and wide receiver Darren Carrington from San Diego.
The initial backlash hasn't been too severe at Oregon, with a number of the commits putting out a stated desire to stay with the program.
“With Chip leaving, it's (tough), but I think the program will be fine as long as the players want to win, and there's no doubt that they do,” Tyree Robinson said to ESPN. ”I'm not going to switch up. I'm a Duck and can't wait for next year.”
Wilson's future might be less certain. DeSoto coach Claude Mathis told The Oklahoman on Thursday that Wilson will take an official visit to Ohio State and “probably Oklahoma State, but that's not for sure yet.”
Wilson's DeSoto teammate, defensive back Taylor Lewis, is committed to OSU, but Mathis said that relationship will not enter into the decision process for Wilson.
OSU STILL SEEKING RUNNING BACKS
In addition to DeSoto's Wilson, Houston product Rennie Childs might be a prime running back target for OSU coaches as they try to land the second running back commitment in the 2013 class.
According to Rivals.com, OSU offered Childs a scholarship last week, and he will be in Stillwater on Friday for an unofficial visit.
He has offers from Houston, Utah State, Colorado State and Vanderbilt, and has scheduled an official visit to TCU later this month.
Daryl Chestnut from Columbus High in Miami, Fla., recently decommitted from Texas Tech and has shown interest in Oklahoma State, though he does not yet have a scholarship offer.
It appears that OSU's pursuit of Alabama commit Altee Tenpenny has cooled.
Tenpenny's coach at North Little Rock, Ark., Brad Bolding, told The Oklahoman recently that he hasn't had any contact with OSU coaches in several weeks. Tenpenny did not respond to attempts to contact him.
By Scott Wright and Anthony Slater