The Big 12 has grown a reputation as the conference above all other conferences that plays fast and scores in bunches. Quarterbacks and wide receivers consistently make a name for themselves in this league, thanks to the air raid offense, and wide open play. Despite that reputation, the teams that have fared the best year in and year out within the conference are the teams that have been able to dominate in the trenches. On Sunday, Oklahoma State took a huge step in the right direction to ensure strong line play for the future when they secured the commitment of defensive tackle Israel Antwine.
— Jacob Unruh (@jacobunruh) October 15, 2017
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Antwine is the first defensive tackle commit in this class for Oklahoma State. With Antwine’s commitment the Cowboys now have the fourth ranked class in the Big 12 and the 29th class overall. The Cowboys have stepped up their recruiting efforts in the home state for the 2018 class, after signing 9 combined commits in the 2016 and 2017 classes, the Cowboys now have 7 commits from the state of Oklahoma for 2018. The state of Oklahoma is putting out more and more talent each year and Oklahoma State is doing a great job of keeping that talent from leaving the state.
Antwine was a one time Ole Miss commit, but backed off that commitment after Hugh Freeze was removed as head coach. After visiting Oklahoma State this past weekend for the Baylor game, Antwine decided to shut down his recruitment; much to the joy of the Oklahoma State coaching staff. Antwine picked Oklahoma State over an impressive list of 20+ offers, including schools like Texas, TCU, Georgia, Ole Miss, Colorado, Arkansas, Texas Tech, and Missouri.
Antwine’s best skill right now is quick first step. For someone who already weighs 285 pounds he moves exceptionally well. Once he gets into college, he will continue to add weight, and it will be imperative for him to keep that quick first step. Antwine can occasionally play a little too high, though he can get away with it because of how much more naturally talented he is than everyone else on the field. Once he gets to Stillwater he’ll need to refine his technique to go along with his natural athleticism, but the potential is there. His ceiling comparison to me is former Texas Tech standout Montae Reagor.