Every coach in college football has specific traits that they look for in prospective recruits. Some look for work ethic, or character off the field first, some focus on athleticism, some want technical skill, while others look for raw potential. Mike Gundy is no different, and his favorite trait is very easy to determine: Gundy looks for versatility above all else. Oklahoma State’s roster is filled with former multi-sport athletes, and players that played both ways in high school. That versatility is crucial to Oklahoma State’s success, and has become extremely popular in the Big 12. Last night, Oklahoma State added another versatile star, as Arkansas product Sean Michael Flanagan committed to the Pokes.
I will be signing with Oklahoma State Dec 20th 💥🔫.. Thank you Arkansas coaching staff and fans for everything!! pic.twitter.com/9RiyTjFT5A
— Sean Michael (@smflanagan7) December 19, 2017
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Flanagan is the 22nd member of Oklahoma State’s 2018 class, and the seventh defensive back, along with fellow safeties Jarrick Barnes, Kolby Peel, Kanion Williams and Jason Taylor, and cornerbacks JayVeon Cardwell and Tanner McCallister. With this commitment, Oklahoma State now sits at 25th in the 247Sports team rankings, and fifth in the Big 12, behind Texas, Oklahoma, TCU and Baylor, and just in front of West Virginia.
Flanagan committed to Oklahoma State over offers from Arkansas, Kansas, and Missouri, among a number of G5 schools. The Charleston product had been committed to the hometown Razorbacks since June 3rd, but a recent surge from Oklahoma State, combined with the changing of coaching staff at Arkansas led to Flanagan ultimately picking Oklahoma State.
On the field, Flanagan is, first and foremost, a pure athlete. He has a good frame for a defensive back, and plays with the kind of fluidity that you rarely see in high school football players. He’s a physical player, a willing hitter, and has a great combination of speed and explosiveness. His ball skills are serviceable, and with his impressive range, it wouldn’t surprise me if he played as a freshman. He has room to improve in man coverage, as well as in zone, but in terms of pure football ability, this guy is a stud.