Oklahoma State has for years now has been home to one of the most prolific offenses in the entire country. Head coach Mike Gundy has finely tuned his offense to be able to beat you in a number of ways. The only thing that has been keeping Oklahoma State from ascending to the next level is their suspect defense. This year alone it was on display as Oklahoma State gave up at least 39 points on five different occasions. No doubt, if Oklahoma State can get their defense in order then there is no reason why they couldn’t challenge for a national championship. The Cowboys took a step in the right direction on Sunday night when three star cornerback Tanner McCalister committed to play his college football in Stillwater.
— Tanner 2⃣ McCalister (@McCalister_Dos2) December 18, 2017
THE MCCALISTER FILE
McCalister is Oklahoma State’s 21st commit in their 2018 class. He is the second cornerback commit in the Cowboys class, joining fellow Texan JayVeon Cardwell. McCalister is the 12th commit from the state of Texas. Oklahoma State makes it a point to recruit Texas hard, and it shows in the number of commits from the Lone Star state each year. With McCalister’s commitment Oklahoma state now has the 6th ranked class in the Big 12, and the 29th ranked class nationally according to 247Sports composite rankings.
McCalister was a long time Arkansas commit, but decommitted from the Razorbacks after head coach Bret Bilema was fired. He picked the Cowboys over 15+ offers including schools such as TCU, Washington State, Missouri, Mississippi State, Kansas, Virginia, and SMU.
McCalister is a really interesting prospect in that he brings a lot of versatility to the table. During his senior year, McCalister played cornerback, safety, and running back. While he possesses a lot of shiftiness that would help him at playing running back, he is probably best suited to stay on the defensive side of the ball.
McCalister has great speed, and at six feet tall has good size to play either corner or safety. The thing that really stands out about McCalister is his ability to turn and run with receivers. He has great flexibility in his hips, and it allows him to stick with his man with ease.
Overall, I think this is an outstanding get for Oklahoma State. I believe that McCalister is one of the most underrated recruits in the state of Texas. He has a good shot to contribute on special teams right away next year, and could even see some time on defense if he can pick up the schemes.