Ex­am­in­ing OSU's fi­nal re­cruit­ing spots with Glass’ de­ci­sion pend­ing

The Oklahoman - - SPORTS - Scott Wright [email protected] ok­la­homan.com

Ok­la­homa State foot­ball fans got some un­ex­pected news over the week­end, but the foot­ball staff is hop­ing for the lon­gawaited pay­off to a hard­fought re­cruit­ing bat­tle on Mon­day.

Katy, Texas, run­ning back Deon­drick Glass is set to make his col­lege de­ci­sion known some­time Mon­day dur­ing the Blue-Grey All-Amer­i­can Game from Hous­ton’s NRG Sta­dium, which will be broad­cast on ESPN3 be­gin­ning at 1:30 p.m.

The Cow­boys filled one of the fi­nal three spots in their 2019 re­cruit­ing class when Colorado trans­fer Is­rael An­twine, a for­mer de­fen­sive line stand­out at Mill­wood who was briefly com­mit­ted to the Cow­boys dur­ing high school, en­rolled at OSU late last week.

By Mon­day af­ter­noon, OSU hopes it has only one spot left to fill in this class.

Glass, who is team­mates with OSU of­fen­sive line signee Cole Birm­ing­ham, is choos­ing be­tween OSU, Alabama, Geor­gia, Mi­ami, Texas and Michi­gan.

Alabama’s in­volve­ment is ob­vi­ously in­ter­est­ing. The Crim­son Tide landed a five-star run­ning back on sign­ing day in De­cem­ber, but re­cently lost ju­nior Josh Ja­cobs, the Tulsa na­tive who an­nounced he will be en­ter­ing the NFL Draft.

Glass rushed for 1,951 yards and 30 touch­downs on 225 car­ries, av­er­ag­ing 8.7 yards per carry and 177.4 per game. He sur­passed 100 yards in nine of his 11 games this past sea­son.

He would be­come the high­est rated player in the class and the third fourstar re­cruit, ac­cord­ing to 247Sports.com, along with Collinsville tight end Grayson Boomer and Mid­loth­ian, Texas, re­ceiver Langston An­der­son.

Re­gard­less of Glass’ de­ci­sion on Mon­day — and even with the ad­di­tion of An­twine, who is ex­pected to ap­ply for a hard­ship waiver to be el­i­gi­ble im­me­di­ately — the Cow­boys will still be in the mar­ket for ad­di­tional de­fen­sive line help.

Mesa (Ari­zona) Com­mu­nity Col­lege de­fen­sive end Soni Fonua re­mains the top prospect on the list. The 6-foot-4, 264-pound Fonua vis­ited Ne­braska over the week­end, and has trips to Cen­tral Florida, OSU and Kansas — in that or­der, ac­cord­ing to GoPokes. com — re­main­ing on his list be­fore sign­ing day on Feb. 6.

With OSU still not know­ing of An­twine would be el­i­gi­ble or forced to sit out the 2019 sea­son, Fonua could pro­vide some in­stant ex­pe­ri­ence and depth. He was used sim­i­larly to the way OSU used Jor­dan Brail­ford last sea­son, both as a tra­di­tional de­fen­sive end and a stand-up out­side line­backer at times.

If OSU doesn’t land Glass and Fonua, it could go a va­ri­ety of di­rec­tions with its re­main­ing spot, or spots, in­clud­ing the grad­u­ate trans­fer mar­ket.

Those will be de­ci­sions the Cow­boy coaches will face later, but it all starts with Glass on Mon­day.

[PHOTO BY SARAH PHIPPS, THE OK­LA­HOMAN]

Ok­la­homa State fans will be wait­ing in­tently for the col­lege de­ci­sion of Katy, Texas, run­ning back Deon­drick Glass, which will be an­nounced dur­ing the Blue-Grey All-Amer­i­can Game on Mon­day af­ter­noon.

STILL­WA­TER —

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