Oklahoma State may have signed their 2018 starting quarterback during the December early signing period.
With record-setting Mason Rudolph graduating (and being drafted by the NFL), OSU signed quarterback Spencer Sanders from Denton, Texas.
“I think he’s a special player,” OSU coach Mike Gundy said of Sanders. “He’s been raised the right way. He’s got a good mommy and daddy at home, which generally is a good indication they will be quality young men who fit our culture … He’s a winner.
“I love that he is labeled as a dual-threat quarterback. He is a pocket passer that can run, and so were excited about him being a part of our program. He’s been very loyal from start to finish and had a lot of opportunities to not be loyal.
“I will say this, the coaching staff at Denton Ryan was as upfront, honest and strong as any as I’ve seen in doing things the right way. The young man said he wanted to come to school here. There’s other people coming in over the last month, trust me. They said until he says he wants to look at another school, then we are going to do the best we can and hold them off and do what’s right. They were tremendous. They know what’s going on. They handled it the right way.”
Sanders is one of the highlights of a class of 23 signees. Rivals has rated this the best class Gundy has ever signed, dating back to 2005.
“Oklahoma State football continues on the rise,” Gundy said. “It gets easier for us to recruit every year. It’s interesting with the early signing period, we had some poachers. Not as many as in the past. We had a few poachers and the majority of them failed. I thought that was interesting.”
The class features 12 defensive players and 11 offensive players, including five offensive linemen. Seven players are from Oklahoma and 13 from Texas. There are 20 high school players and three junior college transfers.
Two other potential stars are receiver C.J. Moore (Union High School in Tulsa) and defensive back Sean Michael Flanagan (Charleston, Arkansas).
Sanders was the Gatorade Texas Player of the Year as well as Mr. Texas Football by I. He passed for 3,845 yards and 54 touchdowns and rushed for 1,380 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior.
Moore chose Oklahoma State over reported offers from Alabama, Ohio State, Georgia, Texas and several other traditional programs.
Rivals rated Flanagan as the No. 1 overall player in Arkansas, regardless of position. The Cowboys were able to pry him away from the in-state Razorbacks late in the recruiting process. Flanagan is one of five members of the class who are expected to enroll in January, joining offensive lineman Hunter Anthony, linebacker Blake Barron, defensive back Jarrick Bernard and tight end Jake Ross. Additionally, it should be noted that receiver Patrick McKaufman is already on campus.
Gundy likes the early signing opportunity.
“The early signing period is the best thing that has ever happened to college football,” Gundy said. “It’s going to create and improve the quality and parity in the game.”
OL – Hunter Anthony
LB- Blake Barron
DB – Jarrick Bernard
OL – Bryce Bray
DB – JayVeon Cardwell
DL – Braden Cassity
OL – Jacob Farrell
DB – Sean Michael Flanagan
RB – Jahmyl Jeter
DL – Tyler Lacy
DB – Gabe Lemons
DB – Tanner McCalister
WR – Patrick McKaufman
WR – C.J. Moore
LB – Kolby Peel
TE – Jake Ross
QB – Spencer Sanders
DL – Mike Scott
WR – Jonathan Shepherd
DB – Jason Taylor II
DB – Kanion Williams
OL – Tyrese Williams
OL – Hunter Woodard