Going out and recruiting junior college players is not a new approach to the Big 12 recruiting world. It’s been a common practice at a number of schools for years now, most notably Texas Tech and Kansas, though under Mike Gundy, the Cowboys are no strangers to the world of JUCO recruiting. Often, when a team needs an instant impact player, usually because of attrition at a specific position, that school will go out and land a JUCO, as they’re usually more ready to play than true freshmen are. Today, Oklahoma State did just that, as they landed former SMU enrollee Michael Scott.
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Scott is the 21st commitment in Oklahoma State’s 2018 recruiting class, and the second defensive end, along with Tyler Lacy. With defensive tackle Israel Antwine also in the class, and a number of targets still on the board, this could end as a very defensive line heavy class for the Cowboys. With several linemen set to depart from the program due to graduation, the Cowboys have plenty of need in the trenches.
Scott, an SMU enrollee in the class of 2015, has spent a few years at Trinity Community College after leaving SMU, and will likely have two years of eligibility in Stillwater. He had offers from TCU, Colorado, Iowa and Cal, among others in his recruitment back in 2015, though Oklahoma State was running pretty much unopposed here.Defensive line coach Joe Bob Clements loves Scott’s game, and sees him starting on the line next season.
On the field, Scott is an athletic edge rusher with a lot of talent, and a very high ceiling. He’s strong, big, fast, and really difficult to handle for most offensive linemen. He’s got a quick first step, and a really impressive move set. It’s obvious that he’s had some good coaching, and looks ready to play Big 12 ball. He’s not great against the run, but in OSU’s defense, he really doesn’t need to be. This is a big time player, and a guy that Pokes fans should be very happy about. His ceiling comparison is Cameron Wake.