Oklahoma State, the preseason co-favorite in the Big 12, remains at work on a potentially special season ahead.
Cowboys coaches are working on extending success into the future.
According to sources, OSU secured a commitment Saturday from Bixby’s 6-foot-9 center Mitchell Solomon, filling a third spot in its latest recruiting class and filling a need for a big man.
Solomon used a strong summer to make a major move as a prospect, now rated as a four-star recruit by both Rivals and Scout.
“Solomon is someone who no one really knew about before July, and following the Great American Shootout he is now a must get priority guy for most of the Big 12,” Scout national recruiting analyst Brian Snow wrote in the summer. “He is big, physical, tough, strong, and has some skill. Solomon isn’t a great athlete, but he attacks the glass hard, sets great screens, and can score both facing the rim and from the low block.”
Rivals analyst Eric Bossi’s assessment: “Skilled and tough big man came on during the summer before his senior year. He shoots with range, will get on the glass and has a good motor. High end athletes with length currently cause him problems so there could be an adjustment period in college.”
Solomon also claimed offers from Oklahoma, Nebraska, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Tulsa, Oral Roberts and Vanderbilt, and was being recruited by Kansas and Georgia Tech.
OSU’s previous two commitments came from guards –four-star shooting guard Jared Terrell of Wolfeboro, N.H., and junior college point guard Jeff Newberry of Hobbs, N.M.
The Cowboys are on the short list of at least three other premium prospects: 7-footer Myles Turner of Euless, Texas, the nation’s No. 2-rated center; 6-8 power forward Devin Robinson of Christchurch, Va.; and 6-5 small forward Joe Burton of Houston.