The Oklahoma State Cowboys may be coming off a tough loss on the road at West Virginia last weekend, but Cowboy recruitniks received good news on Monday afternoon when Garden City (Kan.) CC all-purpose back Tyreek Hill committed to Oklahoma State.
Thought to be a Florida State lean heading into the weekend, the predictions for Hill started trending heavily in favor of Oklahoma State on Monday after Hill called the coaching staff on Sunday evening to tell them that he wanted to commit, but waited until the following afternoon to make it officiall.
The 5'8, 185-pound Hill is a consensus four-star prospect considered the No. 5 junior college prospect in the country and the top all-purpose back. In the 247Sports Composite rankings, only Garden City teammate Dontavious Blair, a 6'8, 305-pound offensive tackle, is ranked above Hill in the state of Kansas.
Hill ended his recruitment in favor of the Cowboys over offers from Alabama, Arizona State, Arkansas, Baylor, Georgia, Kansas, Kansas State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and USC, among others.
Perhaps more surprising than Hill's unexpected pledge is the fact that he isn't going to be playing running back in college -- Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy successfully sold him on playing wide receiver in Stillwater in order to get him the ball in space, according to Rivals.
A high school track star in the state of Georgia during his prep career, Hall has run a personal-best 10.19 100m, a number that could make him the fastest player in college football next season. He has also run a 20.14 in the 200m, a near record-setting time for any high school track athlete ever.
On film, Hill is absolutely as electrifying as his high school track exploits would suggest -- his top-end speed is completely without question world class, as is his stop-start ability. Then there's his feet and his spin moves, which look like something out of a video game. Throw in his 185-pound frame and low center of gravity and he's remarkably hard to bring down for a player of his height.
So on one hand, it seems at least somewhat silly to make it more difficult to get Hill the ball than simply to hand it to him in the backfield, but it's easy to see why the Cowboys are enamored with the idea of getting him the ball in space, where that world-class speed can truly tell without being dependent on execution from the offensive line.
Hill is now the top-rated recruited in an Oklahoma State recruiting class that now features 21 pledges. It ranks third in the Big 12 and 22nd nationally at this time.