Oklahoma State had one of the largest classes in the Big 12 as of Wednesday, as the Cowboys sat at 16, just behind Baylor with 18, and Texas Tech with 17 (at the time). Thanks to two commitments in the last few days from running back Jahmyl Jeter, and Jason Taylor (as well as running back Devin Brumfield to Tech), the Big 12 now has a three-way tie for largest class between the Bears, Cowboys, and Red Raiders. That really reflects the recruiting approach of those teams, as they like to identify talent quickly, and get most of their targets committed before the season, so Mike Gundy can focus on coaching, rather than recruiting. So far, everything is going according to plan in Stillwater.
I'm officially committed to Oklahoma state for the next 4 years and 100% done with recruiting pic.twitter.com/0bq8ranb9W
— Jete (@Teamjeter28) August 3, 2017
THE JETER FILE
Jeter was the 17th commitment in Oklahoma State’s 2018 recruiting class, and the first running back. The Texas native is 11th commitment in Oklahoma’s class that hails from the Lone Star State. It makes a lot of sense for him to be the only back in the class when all is said and done, because unlike a number of recruits Oklahoma State is looking at, Jeter isn’t an all-purpose back, and looks a lot more like a traditional workhorse back, similar to what the Cowboys have right now in Justice Hill.
Jeter picked Oklahoma State over SMU, Iowa State, Bowling Green, New Mexico and Texas A&M. Jeter originally committed to SMU back in May, three months after being offered by Chad Morris and his staff, but when Oklahoma State extended an offer in June, his commitment became significantly less secure. Thanks to a great visit, and some solid recruiting from running backs coach John Wozniak, Jeter flipped his commitment from SMU to Oklahoma State on August 2nd. With that move, he also announced that he’d be shutting down his recruitment, a statement I can confirm.
On the field, as I mentioned, Jeter is a true three-down running back. He has the body to survive in the Big 12, and while he’s not yet as big as the majority of Big 12 feature backs like Justin Crawford, Chris Warren or even Kyle Hicks, he has the frame of a future stud halfback, and if he grows into his body under Oklahoma State’s weight program, he should be good to go. In terms of actual on the field ability, Jeter is a powerful, aggressive runner, with a mean stiff arm, and the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. He’s not the quick twitch athlete that Hill is, but he’s still a very strong and solid runner. His ceiling comparison is Kareem Hunt.
— KFORsports (@KFORsports) August 5, 2017
THE TAYLOR FILE
Taylor was the 18th commitment in Oklahoma State’s 2018 class, and the fifth defensive back, along with fellow safeties Kanion Williams, Kolby Peel and Jarrick Bernard, as well as cornerback JayVeon Cardwell. He’s the fifth recruit in the class that hails from within Oklahoma State’s home boundaries, along with receiver CJ Moore, and linemen Bryce Bray, Hunter Anthony and Jacob Farrell. He’s currently unranked due mainly to a lack of exposure, and with his commitment to Oklahoma State, I expect him to take a pretty big jump when 247sports releases their next rankings batch.
Taylor picked Oklahoma State over Memphis, Tulsa, Kansas State and SMU. Taylor starred at an Oklahoma State camp in early June, and ultimately, it may have been that performance that led to his inclusion in this class. When he named a final three of SMU, Tulsa and Oklahoma State, pretty much everyone involved expected the Cowboys to be the pick, and obviously, that came to fruition on the local news station as he made his announcement live. Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer loves Taylor’s potential, and that potential is a big factor in Oklahoma State’s interest.
On the field, Taylor shined on both sides on the ball last year. He played safety and receiver for his high school team as a junior, and put up impressive stats: 570 yards receiving on 29 catches and 10 touchdowns on offense, and 46.5 tackles and three interceptions as a safety. He’s still very raw as a safety, as many high schoolers are, but he runs a 4.5 forty time, and has extremely strong hands, making him a natural fit as a ball hawking safety. His coverage skills, especially in one on one are iffy, but his athleticism and potential make him very intriguing. His ceiling comparison is TJ McDonald.