Oklahoma State’s big week just got even bigger. After a Saturday commitment from Bryce Bray and a Monday evening commitment from Jaelyn Nolan, the Cowboys have struck again. Illinois tackle Hunter Woodard announced his commitment on Twitter.
Woodard is the 7th commitment in the 2018 Oklahoma State class, and the third offensive lineman, along with the aforementioned Bray, and a fellow Hunter, Hunter Anthony. His commitment moves OSU to 19th in the 247sports class rankings.
— Hunter Woodard (@HunterWoodard18) April 18, 2017
THE WOODARD FILE
|Name||Hometown||Position||Position Rank||Star Rating|
|Hunter Woodard||Tuscola, IL||OT||NR||⭐⭐⭐|
Woodard chose the Cowboys and Mike Gundy over Minnesota, Syracuse, Arkansas, and his home state team, Illinois. As I mentioned, he’s the third offensive lineman in the class, though he won’t be the last, as offensive line coach Josh Henson is looking for a full class, likely five guys, on the offensive line in this group.
On the field, Woodard can and does play on the both sides of the ball, but you will see him on the offensive line in Stillwater. He’s better on the offensive line than he is on the defensive side, mainly because of his highly touted combination of size and strength. Woodard isn’t the most athletic lineman in the world, but as I said, he’s very strong, and at 6-foot-5, 296 pounds, he can do some serious damage in pass protection. He knows what he’s doing in terms of leverage, and uses his size better than most do at his age.
He needs to add weight to survive in the Big 12, and focus on chopping his feet. If he tried to take on a blitzing Big 12 linebacker with his current footwork, he would get destroyed about 70 percent of the time. That will all come with time in the Cowboys system, and this is great addition to the Poke’s 2018 class.