Thursday was a day Oklahoma State fans would like to forget. It started out with news that two offensive lineman will not be returning next year, leaving a group already short on depth that much more bare, but that pales in comparison to the latest news out of Stillwater. Reports are surfacing that assistant coach Marcus Arroyo is headed to Oregon.
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It is a punch right to the gut for Cowboys Nation. Arroyo is widely considered the Poke’s top recruiter, and recruiter of that caliber are not exactly easy to come by.
In just a couple of seasons at OSU, Arroyo helped lead Justice Hill to over 1,000 yards as running backs coach, and made a big impact on the recruiting trail. While he is responsible for bringing in several big name running backs like 2017 signees Chuba Hubbard and J.D. King, he saw his recruiting responsibilities branch out to other positions as well.
The loss of Arroyo leaves coach Gundy with a second position to fill as Oklahoma State fired offensive line coach Greg Adkins just last week.
For Arroyo, the move to Oregon will be a move up the coaching ladder as not only will he be the quarterbacks coach, but he’ll be the passing game coordinator as well.
“If you’re a young coach like Marcus and those guys, you want to go be a coordinator somewhere,” OSU safeties coach Dan Hammerschmidt said. “You’re always pushing. I’ve been a coordinator a couple times already. … You’re always looking to move up.”