There’s been a defensive back issue in the Big 12 for the past few years, that has impacted pretty much every team in the conference. Oklahoma State has been hit hard by the “unable to defend the pass” bug as hard as any team, and is trying to fight back in this recruiting cycle. So far, they’re doing a very good job, and took another step towards competence today when they landed Cibolo cornerback JayVeon Cardwell. It’s always good to land recruits from a football factory, and Steele High School is definitely that, as Texas commit Caden Sterns, Bowling Green commit Onyx Smith (fantastic name), Baylor commit JT Woods, Rice Commit Brenden Brady, Juan Henry and Charley Zeno all hail from Steele, and will all being playing D1 ball next year. Iron sharpens iron.
Officially committed. Blessed to be a Cowboy!!🍊 pic.twitter.com/VbJ7c1zk3O
— JayVeon Cardwell (@JayVeon003) June 26, 2017
THE CARDWELL FILE
Cardwell is the 17th commitment in Oklahoma State’s 2018 class, and the fourth defensive back, along with Kolby Peel, Jarrick Bernard and Kanion Williams. Gabe Lemons may also play defense at the next level. Cardwell is the first true cornerback in the class, and should be able to play on the outside or in the slot at the next level. That kind of versatility is rare, and coveted.
Cardwell picked Oklahoma State over Colorado, Duke, Houston, Ole Miss, SMU, Vanderbilt and Texas Tech, as well as some additional P5 offers. Oklahoma State extended an offer back in April, and with cornerbacks coach Tim Duffie leading the way, Oklahoma State has been the team to beat for Cardwell for the past few months. The chance to play for Mike Gundy and Duffie, and the opportunity at early playing time ultimately sold Cardwell on Oklahoma State. The chance to win a conference title, and perhaps a playoff appearance someday certainly doesn’t hurt either.
On the field, as I said, Cardwell’s greatest asset is his versatility. He has the size, speed and athleticism to guard outside receivers or slot receivers, and will make plays wherever he ends up on the field. He had seven interceptions and just seems to have the natural instincts needed to read the quarterback and make a play on the ball. Once he learns more coverage techniques to pair with those instincts and his athleticism, Cardwell could quickly become an interception machine, and fan favorite in Stillwater. His ceiling comparison is Casey Hayward.