Protecting the home front and finding more speed were two of Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy’s objectives on National Signing Day. Sipping coffee from a mug that read, “Big Daddy” the Alamo Bowl champion was candid with the media about his class that finished ranked #37 per Rivals and #38 by 247Sports.
“I’m excited about the class from Oklahoma,” Gundy said. “I’ve said this for the last couple of years, and I’ll say it again this year, the talent in the state of Oklahoma is getting better and better each year. With the budget cuts and the education cuts that we have in this state, I’m not sure how that’s happening, because there’s been cuts all across the board.”
Four of Oklahoma State’s twenty signees for 2017 are from the home state. Brendon Evers (Bixby), Baron Odom (Wynnewood), Brock Martin (Oologah) and Malcolm Rodriguez (Wagoner) all chose to stay home to play their college ball.
One of the players expected to have a big impact from this class is running back Chuba Hubbard from Alberta, Canada. A 4-star recruit (per Rivals), Hubbard spurned offers from the likes of Auburn, Georgia, Miami (FL), Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas A&M to put on the Orange and Black.
“Chuba has world-class speed,” Gundy said. “Some people have said that maybe in four years he could be running in the Olympics. Whether that’s right or wrong, I kind of go back to what Coach (Pat) Jones used to say that you get to a certain point and you’re really fast. He’s really fast.”
Gundy’s Cowboys were the fourth highest ranked program, from the Big 12, in 2017 recruiting rankings (Both by Rivals & 247Sports) but Gundy said that hasn’t bothered them in the past as he had a little fun with the recruiting ranking services while simultaneously patting himself on the back.
“Either we’re damn good evaluators and the recruiting services don’t know what they’re talking about or we’re damn good coaches,” Gundy said. “One or the other, I don’t know which one or the other. I’m trying to figure it out.”
2017 OSU Football Recruiting Class
|Baron Odom||TE||Wynnewood, OK||6’4″||210|
|Sione Finefeuiaki||TE||San Mateo, CA||6’0″||245|
|Patrick Macon||LB||Yuma, AZ||6’3″||235|
|Malcolm Rodriguez||DB||Wagoner, OK||6’0″||200|
|Arlington Hambright||OL||Garden City, KS||6’4″||300|
|Trey Sterling||DB||Sunnyvale, TX||6’1″||195|
|Fua Leilua||DT||Ephraim, UT||6’3″||300|
|LC Greenwood||WR||Garland, TX||6’3″||203|
|Thabo Mwaniki||ATH||Denton, TX||5’11”||180|
|Braydon Johnson||WR||Arlington, TX||6’1″||185|
|Lamarcus Morton||WR||Gilmer, TX||6’1″||175|
|Kris McCune||DB||Dallas, TX||6’2″||190|
|Brock Martin||DE||Oologah, OK||6’4″||220|
|Chuba Hubbard||ATH||Sherwood Park, AB||6’1″||190|
|JD King||RB||Fitzgerald, GA||5’11”||201|
|Jelani Woods||QB||Ellenwood, GA||6’6″||215|
|Tracin Wallace||ATH||Fort Worth, TX||6’0″||175|
|Tylan Wallace||WR||Fort Worth, TX||6’0″||170|
|Brendon Evers||DT||Bixby, OK||6’2″||285|
|Brendan Vaughn||LB||Forney, TX||6’1″||213|