Oklahoma State will have to compete with some of the biggest programs in the country for 4-star defensive end Marcus Hicks.
The Cowboys are in Hicks’ top 12 as of this week, however, and the prospect out of Wichita, Kan., has the athleticism to be special in college.
I thank God for blessing me with the opportunity to get a degree and play football at the next level. In no specific order, these are my top schools at this time. Thank you to all the coaches who believe in me. I am truly grateful. Marcus Hicks pic.twitter.com/vKBqNI7bwA
— Marcus Hicks (@harcus_micks) March 13, 2018
From the Big 12, Oklahoma, Kansas State and Texas are also hoping to land Hicks, who ranks as the No. 255 overall prospect in 2019 by 247Sports’ composite rankings.
Here’s a look at where things stand for the 2019 class:
Where Oklahoma State’s class ranks
Oklahoma State ranks No. 31 nationally and No. 6 in the Big 12, according to 247Sports composite team rankings, as of Friday.
Daxton Hill to visit Michigan
The elite safety prospect announced he’ll visit Ann Arbor, Mich., this weekend. The Oklahoma State target is listed as the No. 1 prospect from Oklahoma and No. 2 safety in the country by 247Sports.com.
— #DaxHill (@daxhill5) February 23, 2018
Cole Birmingham picks up offer
Katy (Texas) 3-star tackle Cole Birmingham picked up an Oklahoma State offer on Wednesday. Birmingham, who’s listed at 6-foot-5, 294 pounds, is ranked the No. 80 prospect from Texas. The 2019 prospect also has offers from Baylor, Boise State, Kansas, Minnesota, Texas Tech and Vanderbilt.
After an amazing visit yesterday and hanging out with @Coach_Henson and staff, I am very excited and honored to have received an offer from Oklahoma State University! @CowboyFB #okstate #GoPokes pic.twitter.com/mpr3WtzxKg
— Cole Birmingham (@cole_birmingham) March 14, 2018
Jernigan coming back for more
Allen (Texas) 3-star defensive tackle Jayden Jernigan will be back in Stillwater for a visit in late April, according to GoPokes.com.
Offers by the numbers
- Reported offers: 77
- 5-star offers: 3
- 4-star offers: 39
- In-state recruits offered: 5
- Texas recruits offered: 46d
- 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 — 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 WR Garrett Wilson, Austin (Texas) Lake Travis
It’s going to take a lot to attract Garrett Wilson from the blue bloods, but Oklahoma State’s success with developing receivers could be a huge plus for the Cowboys and they made Wilson’s top-8 list. Wilson, measured at 6-foot, 185 pounds, posted 1,1773 yards receiving on 98 receptions and 26 touchdowns in 2017, more than doubling his output as a sophomore. He’ll be a problem for any school that faces him at the next level.
4-star DE Marcus Hicks, Wichita (Kan.) Northwest
Marcus Hicks is one of the best prospects in Kansas. He has a huge frame (6-5, 236 pounds), and would provide the Cowboys a boost along their defensive line. The freak athletic lineman listed Oklahoma State among his top-12 choices, which also includes Oklahoma, Kansas State and Texas from the Big 12.
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 now. The Allen, Texas, product 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 coach Mike Gundy this cycle. Jernigan is an underrated prospect with 16 offers, which includes 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)
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