STILLWATER — The Cowboys are officially adding a solid 2022 class Wednesday.
It’s National Signing Day where prospects from all around the country will sign their letters of intent. Entering the day, OSU’s class ranks in the Top 25 nationally with a few surprises sure to come.
As the future Pokes’ letters roll in, this post will be updated with information and film on each prospect. Mike Gundy meets with reporters at 9:30 Wednesday morning to discuss the class. PFB will be on-hand, so look out for more content from that to come throughout the day.
The rankings next to each prospects star rating is their national rank, their position rank and their state rank, per 247Sports composite system.
Stillwater, Oklahoma / LB / 6-2, 210 / 3⭐ / 1080, 105, 18
Other offers: Baylor, Texas Tech, Kansas State, Tulsa, Memphis and others
Cox on Brown: The hometown hero is reminiscent of a certain outgoing Cowboy playmaker. The All-Conference Linebacker of the Year called Malcolm Rodriguez his favorite player, and he’s made similar plays for Stillwater High. While Rodriguez had to bulk up to move from safety to linebacker, Brown boasts two inches and 20 pounds on his hero coming in. Time will tell whether he can see the field, and make the impact, as quickly.
Texarkana, Texas / LB / 6-3, 210 / 3⭐ / 27, 4, 3
Other offers: Indiana, Kansas, Memphis and Sam Houston State
Scott on Benson: Xavier Benson already has some Big 12 experience after starting 10 games at Texas Tech during the 2019 where he had 57 total tackles. He then went the junior college route at Tyler Junior College. He had 115 total tackles at Tyler this past season. He enters a linebacker room that is set to lose starters Malcolm Rodriguez and Devin Harper to graduation. Benson has two seasons of eligibility remaining.
St. Louis, Missouri / CB / 6-3, 180 / 4⭐ / 508, 49, 12
Other offers: Michigan State, Arkansas, Boston College, West Virginia, Kansas State and others
Scott on Epps: A big-bodied corner, Epps also showed out at quarterback and wide receiver for Chaminade College Prep in St. Louis during his senior season, finishing the year with 36 total touchdowns and 1,852 rushing yards. There is a ton OSU corners coach Tim Duffie and safeties coach Dan Hammerschmidt can do with Epps’ 6-foot-3 frame, and that’s not to mention the athletic ability he has paired with the frame.
Pawhuska, Oklahoma / WR / 6-4, 185 / 3⭐ / 639, 91, 14
Cox on Gilkey: Kasey Dunn may have signed his next diamond-in-the-rough receiver. Gilkey comes in at a rangy 6-4, but he’s a fluid athlete who routinely outran the competition in high school (one reason he was used to return kicks). He racked up more than 2,500 yards and 45 touchdowns over the past two seasons. The former AAU hoopster is not afraid of a little contact, but will need to continue to develop and build out his frame. His ceiling is that of a Marcell Ateman-type outside and red-zone threat.
Frontenac, Kansas / DL / 6-4, 230 / 3⭐ / 825, 111, 8
Other offers: Iowa State, Kansas State, Iowa and others
Cox on Dean: Dean has lined up at both tackle and tight end, but he shines as a defensive lineman which is where the Cowboys are planning on using him. He’s adept at getting into the backfield but has shown the ability to close in space well for his size. Dean adds talent and athleticism to an already talented and athletic pool of Cowboy D-linemen.
Frisco, Texas / QB / 6-5, 175 / 4⭐ / 369, 23, 51
Other offers: Houston, Virginia Tech, Tulsa, Northwestern, Utah, Vanderbilt and others
Cox on Rangel: I’m excited to see what Tim Rattay can do with him. Rangel was an incredibly accurate and efficient passer for Lone Star High and did a great job of taking care of the football. He’s elite in neither arm strength or athleticism, but I think he’s pretty good on the former and better than advertised at the latter.
Edmond, Oklahoma / TE / 6-4, 215 / 3⭐ / 1,561, 94, 27
Other offers: Kansas State, Utah State, Texas State and others
Scott on Shettron: An adopted brother of fellow OSU signee Talyn Shettron, Tabry caught nine touchdown passes as a senior at Edmond Santa Fe this past season. He had 31 receptions and 378 yards to go with it. OSU’s Cowboy back position has seen former walk-ons, converted defenders and even a converted quarterback man it over the past few seasons. Shettron will be just the second Cowboy back on OSU’s roster who OSU offered a scholarship to out of high school to be a Cowboy back, joining Quinton Stewart.
Edmond, Oklahoma / WR / 6-3, 185 / 4⭐ / 95, 13, 2
Other offers: Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M, Miami, Notre Dame, Florida State, Auburn, Arkansas and others
Scott on Shettron: Shettron’s 0.9619 composite ranking makes him the sixth highest ranked commit in OSU’s history and the No. 2 receiver behind only Dez Bryant. Shettron is a jump ball threat and has been a nightmare for Oklahoma high school corners. Shettron caught 136 passes for 2,201 yards and 25 touchdowns the past two seasons. He originally committed to Oklahoma last year before flipping his commitment to the Cowboys in June. Shettron will enroll in January.
Oklahoma City / DL / 6-4, 235 / 3⭐ / 1,059, 134, 17
Other offers: Iowa State, Baylor, Kansas State, Texas Tech, Missouri and others
Scott on Johnson: Johnson impressed at an OSU camp this summer and walked away with an offer. Not too long after that, he was a Cowboy commit. Johnson is athletic and has a frame that could see him play in a variety of spots at the college level. As a senior at Putnam City North, he had 64 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, nine sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
Missouri City, Texas / OT / 6-8, 330 / 3⭐ / 1,501, 151, 209
Other offers: Houston, SMU, Louisiana Tech, North Texas, Texas State and others
Scott on Harvey: There aren’t many high schoolers walking around at 6-foot-8, 330 pounds, but the Cowboys just signed one. Harvey suffered a knee injury early in his senior season at Ridge Point High School that kept him out the remainder of the season. He committed to Louisiana Tech this summer but rescinded that commitment when the Cowboys came calling. His size alone should make him an intriguing prospect to watch over the coming years.
Frisco, Texas / OT / 6-4, 265 / 3⭐ / 733, 62, 106
Other offers: USC, Miami, Penn State, Auburn, Baylor and others
Cox on Kawecki: His offer sheet doesn’t quite jive with his star rating. Kawecki is probably a year or two away from contributing on the field at the next level, but you can tell why he has over a dozen Power Five offers. He’s an energetic blocker who goes after would-be tacklers. If he wins his battle, he ends up on top of his foe.
Dylahn “DJ” McKinney
Colleyville, Texas / CB / 6-0, 175 / 3⭐ / 728, 68, 105
Other offers: Arkansas, Baylor, Missouri, Arizona, Northwestern, Colorado, Kansas State, Utah and others
Scott on McKinney: A corner with superb ball skills, McKinney picked off five passes in his senior season, returning two for touchdowns. He had nine total interceptions in his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. McKinney made official visits to OSU, Arizona and Missouri this summer before committing to be a Cowboy on July 4.
Beggs, Oklahoma / RB / 5-11, 175 / 4⭐ / 330 , 31 , 6
Other offers: Arkansas, Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas State, TCU, Nebraska and others
Cox on Brown: Brown has the skills and physical traits to compete for reps earlier than most at his position. He’s fast and physical. When he finds a crease, Brown shows off his speed getting to open field and beyond. And when he finds defenders, he’s shown the ability to break tackles. He’s one of my favorite pickups from this class.
National Signing Day: Live Updates as Oklahoma State’s 2022 Class Puts Pen to Paper