It’s been an active couple of days for Oklahoma State on the recruiting trail. After nearly a month without a commitment, the Cowboys have exploded in the last four days, landing three commitments. At the front of this movement has been defensive coordinator Jim Knowles. All three of the commitments have been on the defensive side of the ball, as the Pokes look to shore up that side of the ball for the future. The run started on Friday, as Xavier Player committed, continued on Saturday with Na’Drian
Dizadare, and concluded yesterday, with Thomas Harper.
🤠🍊 C O M M I T T E D 🍊🤠 pic.twitter.com/sc2fhYpUpj
— Xavier Player (@XavierKeawe) June 8, 2018
— Zachary Lancaster (@zlancaster247) June 10, 2018
100% COMMITTED🍊🔫 pic.twitter.com/wCzBk9lzYh
— Thomas Harper🎈 (@iamtharp) June 11, 2018
These three commitments put Oklahoma State at ten total in 2019, and move them up to 35th in the nation. The class is already very defense heavy, and of those ten commits, just one, tight end Grayson Boomer, will line up on the offensive side of the ball. Oklahoma State is well aware of their struggles defensively, and wants to address and fix them with this class.
None of these three will be instant impact players. All three are very raw, high potential athletes, without a ton of refined skills or attention in the recruiting world. Player is the most college ready of the bunch. He’s speedy, with good instincts, and a knack for attacking the ball in the air. He’s a playmaker, and while his coverage technique needs worked on, he should be a solid outside cornerback later in his career.
Dizadare is tough to find much info on. He’s not rated by 247Sports, he doesn’t have an active Twitter account, and there’s only a few videos on his Hudl page. As far as I can tell, Oklahoma State thinks that they’ve found an aggressive, hard hitting linebacker. He attacks the ballcarrier well, and plays downhill, which you like to see in a linebacker. He’s a smart kid (4.0 GPA), and has the football IQ to play middle linebacker. He doesn’t seem comfortable in coverage, but his strength and athleticism make him an appealing prospect.
Thomas Harper, the most recent commitment of the bunch, is a familiar name to Cowboys fans. He’s the brother of OSU linebacker Devin Harper, and he recently picked up an offer after a camp. He’s got a lot of the same tools that his brother does, and Oklahoma State hopes they can be similar players. Like his fellow commits, Thomas is a great athlete, without a ton of football skills. He’s a great hitter, and displays good lateral quickness. He’s a versatile, dynamic player, and whatever position he lands at, he has the potential to be very good.