UPDATED: It's Move in Day for Cowboy Football Early Enrollees
(Oklahoma State Athletics Media Relations contributed player profiles to this article)
STILLWATER -- The first group of Oklahoma State football's 2020 signing class have arrived on campus as it's move in day here in Stillwater.
The group includes six signees from the December signing period, as well as the two additions from the transfer portal.
- QB: Shane Illingworth
- OL: Monroe Mills
- OL: Eli Russ
- OL: Josh Sills*
- CW: Quinton Stewart
- DE: Tyren Irby
- DL: Collin Clay*
- S: Nick Session
* = Transfers
Oklahoma State sent out profiles on each of the early enrollees.
Defensive Line | 6-5 | 285 | Sophomore
Oklahoma City, Okla./Putnam City/Arkansas
A transfer who played as a true freshman at Arkansas in 2019 ... A highly-ranked four-star recruit in high school who had a long list of offers.
2019 (Freshman at Arkansas): Played in 11 of 12 games for the Razorbacks in 2019, missing only the season opener … Totaled 324 snaps as a true freshman, 291 on the defensive line … Tallied 17 tackles, five solo, with half-a-tackle for loss in his debut season … Didn't record his first stop until the fifth game of the year against Texas A&M, recording three in the contest … It was one of two games he recorded two solo tackles, also doing so against Auburn on Oct. 19 … Added two more three-tackle games against Mississippi State and LSU.
High School: Rated as a four-star prospect by Rivals and 247Sports … Rated as the No. 20 strongside defensive end in the country and ranked second in the state of Oklahoma by Rivals … Three-year varsity letterwinner at Putnam City High School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma … Racked up 62 tackles over his senior season for the Pirates … Totaled three sacks and 5.5 tackles for loss, along with six quarterback hurries and two pass breakups in his final year of high school football … Selected to play for USA Football in the 2019 International Bowl … Posted 56 tackles as a junior, with three sacks and two PBUs, helping Putnam City to a 7-4 overall record … Had 40 tackles, including a sack, as a sophomore in 2016 … Also played basketball as a freshman … Held offers from Oklahoma State, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, Oregon, Arkansas, Texas Tech, Michigan and others.
Personal: Born Dec. 9, 2000 … Son of Robert and Brittany Clay and Jenine Verdaltte … Has four siblings, Robert, Tyijia, Joshua and Warren.
Quarterback | 6-6 | 225 | Freshman
Rated as a four-star prospect by 247Sports, Rivals and ESPN … 247Sports ranks him as the No. 5 pro-style quarterback, the No. 17 player out of California and the No. 158 player overall.
High School: Played for Chuck Chastain at Norco HS … Started 11 games as a senior, completing 150 passes on 230 attempts for 3,081 yards and 40 touchdowns … Had a touchdown-to-interception ratio of 40 to 2 … On the ground, he carried the ball 64 times for 168 yards and four touchdowns … Threw for 479 yards and seven touchdowns on 20-of-29 completions in the season opener against Williams Field … Completed 19 passes on 29 attempts for 310 yards in a win against Rancho Cucamonga … Went for 328 yards on 24-of-38 passes and three touchdowns in a loss against Rancho Verde … Passed for 567 yards on 24-of-30 completions and seven touchdowns in a win against Vista Murrieta, including a season-long 91-yard pass … Registered seven games with three or more touchdowns … Had four games with more than 300 yards passing … Rushed for two touchdowns on six carries in the final game of the season against Chaminade … As a junior in 2018, he registered 167 completions on 264 attempts for 2,739 yards and 20 touchdowns in 12 games … In three years of varsity football, he totaled 6,433 passing yards, 184 rushing yards, 79 passing touchdowns and six rushing touchdowns … Chose Oklahoma State over Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Boston College, Colorado, Louisville, Missouri, Oregon State, Washington State and others.
Personal: Grew up in California, but visited Oklahoma many times while growing up, as he has family from Perry, Lindsay and Mustang.
Defensive End | 6-4 | 240 | Junior
Lake Cormorant, Miss./Lake Cormorant/
Northwestern Mississippi C.C.
Rated as the No. 4 weakside defensive end and No. 105 overall JUCO prospect by 247Sports.
Junior College: Played for coach Benjy Parker at Northwest Mississippi C.C. … Posted 40 tackles, 10.5 TFL and six sacks to earn second team all-conference honors as a redshirt sophomore … Helped lead the Rangers to an 8-3 record and a No. 5 ranking at the end of the 2019 regular season … Chose Oklahoma State over offers from Nebraska, Southern Miss, TCU, Troy and others.
High School: Played for head coach Nick Nester at Lake Cormorant ... helped the Gators to the Class 5A North Half title game as a senior ... credited with 63 tackles, 6.5 sacks, eight passes defended, a forced fumble and recovered fumble his senior year to earn a first team all-district selection … played in the 2016 Bernard Blackwell All-Star Classic.
Personal: Born Aug. 20, 1998 … Son of Troy and Tyresa Irby … Plans to study criminal justice.
Offensive Line | 6-7 | 295 | Freshman
Columbia, MO/Father Tolton
Rated as a three-star prospect by 247Sports, Rivals and ESPN … . Ranked by Rivals as the No. 23 player out of Missouri … Ranked by 247Sports as the No. 120 player at his position.
High School: Played for Michael Egnew at Father Tolton HS … Missed the entire 2019 season due to a torn ACL … Played both ways as a junior, earning all-state and all-district honors … Also wrestled at Tolton, finishing his junior campaign with a record of 41-8 and placing third in Class 1 at 285 pounds … Part of his school's chess club … Chose Oklahoma State over Missouri, Kansas, Iowa State and others.
Personal: Born Nov. 21, 2001 in Columbia, Mo. … Son of Mike and Amy Mills … Plans to study business.
Offensive Line | 6-5 | 305 | Freshman
Rated as a three-star prospect by 247Sports, Rivals and ESPN … Ranked by 247Sports as the No. 5 player out of Oklahoma and the No. 28 player at his position.
High School: Played for Joe Price at Plainview HS … Received all-state honors as an offensive lineman … Participated on both sides of the ball, playing defensive tackle on defense … Finished his high school career with a 29-8 record … A two-time state runner-up … Also competed in basketball, powerlifting and track and field … Finished third in the state in the shot put … Part of the National Honor Society, the FCA and the Principal's Honor Roll … Named the rotary student of the month, as well as The Ardmoreite Student Athlete of the Month … Part of a mentoring program for kindergarten through 5th grade students and also volunteered at the Veterans Center ... Chose Oklahoma State over North Texas, Tulsa, Texas Tech, Arkansas and others.
Personal: Williams Eli Russ was born Sept. 11, 2001, in Decatur, Texas … Son of Ken and Amber Russ … Lived in Hobart, Okla., before Ardmore … Plans to study agriculture.
Safety | 6-0 | 185 | Freshman
Salt Lake City, Utah/East
Rated as a three-star recruit by 247Sports and ESPN … Ranked the No. 108 safety in the class of 2020 … 247Sports composite ranking lists him as the No. 13 player in the state of Utah.
High School: Played for coach Brandon Matich at East HS … Led the Leopards to a 10-4 record and an appearance in the Class 6A state semifinals … Named All-Region 3 Overall Specialist MVP as a senior … As a junior, had 57 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 11 pass break-ups and three interceptions … Was a Utah State commit before visiting Oklahoma State Nov. 16 and flipping his commitment to the Cowboys … Held offers from Hawai'i, Oregon State and BYU.
Personal: Son of Mel and Nikki Session.
Offensive Line | 6-6 | 326 | Redshirt Senior
Sarahsville, Ohio/Meadowbrook/West Virginia
A graduate transfer offensive lineman who spent the first four years of his career at West Virginia ... Started for more than two seasons and earned all-conference honors in 2018 ... Played in 27 career games and started 24 times at WVU.
2019 (Junior at West Virginia): Started the first two games of the season before missing the remainder of the year.
2018 (Sophomore at West Virginia): Named to the All-Big 12 Second Team by the league's coaches ... Started 12 games at guard ... Saw action on 970 plays, including 835 on offense ... Paved the way for the offense to average 512.3 yards of total offense per game, ranking No. 2 in the Big 12 and No. 8 nationally ... Part of the offense that averaged 40.3 points per game to rank No. 2 in the Big 12 and No. 10 nationally ... Part of an offense which ranked No. 2 in the Big 12 and No. 4 nationally for most passing yards per game (351.3) ... The WVU offense rushed for more than 150 yards in seven games and 200 in two games ... The offense produced 500 or more yards of total offense in eight games, including two with more than 600 yards.
2017 (Freshman at West Virginia): Played in 13 games and started 10, five at right guard and five at left guard ... Saw action on 681 plays on offense ... Finished with a team-leading 13 knockdown blocks and was second on the team with 13 domination blocks, according the WVU coaching staff ... Recorded a season-high four domination blocks as the offensive line was named the WVU Offensive Champion against Kansas ... Registered three knockdowns in the season opener against Virginia Tech ... Member of the offensive line that only allowed 4.1 tackles for loss per game, ranking No. 8 in the nation and No. 1 in the Big 12 ... Paved the way for the offense to average 309.3 passing yards to rank No. 13 nationally ... Held opponents to 1.5 sacks per game, which ranked No. 25 in the country and No. 2 in the Big 12 ... Led the way for 1,000-yard rusher Justin Crawford ... The offense rushed for more than 200 yards in six games and 250 in two games, and also produced 500 or more yards of total offense in six games, including the first five games to begin the season.
2016 (Redshirt at West Virginia): Redshirted.
High School: A two-year starter for Coach Jeff Twiddy at Meadowbrook ... Also handled kicking and punting duties, averaging 41.9 yards per punt ... Connected on 2-of-2 field goal attempts with a long of 43 yards and had 18 touchbacks on kickoffs ... Set the school single-season extra point record with 27 and also the career mark with 69 made ... Named AP All-Ohio Division IV First Team (2015) and AP All-Ohio Division IV Honorable Mention (2014) ... Selected to play in the North-South All-Star Game (2016) ... A two-time AP All-East Division IV District First Team (2014-15) ... The East Central Ohio League Gray Division Offensive Lineman of the Year (2015) ... A two-time All-East Central Ohio League Gray Division First Team selection (2014-15) ... The East Central Ohio League Gray Division Defensive Lineman of the Year (2014).
Personal: Son of John and Kim Sills ... Majored in agribusiness management.
Cowboy Back | 6-4 | 230 | Freshman
Salina, Kan./Salina Central
Rated as a three-star prospect by 247Sports, Rivals and ESPN … … 247Sports ranks him as the No. 26 tight end and the No. 5 player out of Kansas … Named to the Kansas All-State Football Team as a tight end.
High School: Played for Mark Sandbo at Salina Central HS … Named an all-state, all-district and all-league tight end in 2019 as a senior … The team MVP his senior year … Also an all-district tight end as a junior … In 2018, he caught 12 passes for 318 yards and six touchdowns … Also played defensive end … Made 43 tackles, 26 of them solo, and five tackles for loss as a sophomore … A three-time honoree on the academic honor roll who was also part of the school's Gifted Program … Chose Oklahoma State over Kansas and Iowa State.
Personal: Born Oct. 23, 2001, in Kansas City … Son of Paul and Jennifer Stewart … Father played football at Virginia Military Institute.
The Cowboys signed 17 players last month during the December signing period. That includes the late pickup of the Utah Defensive Player of the Year, linebacker Mason Cobb out of Provo, UT.
They're still awaiting a signature from cornerback Jabbar Muhammad who elected to sign during the February signing period with his teammates.
While this isn't one of the highest rated classes in Oklahoma State history, this could easily be one of the more underrated classes in program history.
Following Oklahoma State's loss in the Texas Bowl to Texas A&M, Mike Gundy announced to his team, as well as to the media from the podium, that he and his coaches were immediately getting back to work to ensure that 2020 was one of the best seasons to date.
Not too long after that, Gundy and Co. landed four quick commitments, two of which were in-house and two that were out-of-state. Kasey Dunn elected to stay at Oklahoma State instead of joining former Oklahoma State running backs coach Marcus Arroyo at UNLV as the offensive coordinator.
The Pokes then landed Arkansas defensive lineman, and former Putnam City standout, Collin Clay.
During his one season at Arkansas, Clay finished with 17 tackles, five of which were unassisted. Pretty decent considering he was a true freshman going up against some pretty talented SEC offenses.
The very next day, the Pokes picked up a transfer from All-Big 12 offensive lineman from West Virginia Josh Sills. Sills wanted it to be known that Chuba Hubbard would have another talented blocker in front of him should he return for one more season with the Pokes.
Then, receiver Tylan Wallace elected to forego the NFL Draft and return to Oklahoma State for another season. Wallace tore his ACL in the week leading up to the TCU game, meaning that his rehab won't be complete until after the NFL Combine and any Pro Day that Wallace could participate in.
Running back Chuba Hubbard decided that he's going to be returning to Oklahoma State for at least one more season. The nation's leading rusher is now the third member of the team to announce his return as he joins Tylan Wallace and corner Rodarius Williams.