The Oklahoma State football team is getting an early start on the recruiting trail for defensive backs, offering 2020 CB’s RJ Mickens and Lorando Johnson.
The Oklahoma State football program is never one to be in the top five for team rankings in recruiting. Head coach Mike Gundy made a name for himself signing three-star recruits and developing them into five-star talents. Cowboy football has become an attractive choice of late for players looking to have immediate playing time and a chance at success in a Power Five conference.
OK State is hitting the recruiting trails for the 2020 class early, as they have already offered two cornerbacks from that year. Lancaster High School product, Lorando Johnson and Southlake Carroll product, RJ Mickens, are the only two players that the Cowboys have offered in the 2020 class that are not classified as athletes.
With the strength of the passing games in the Big 12, it’s always good to see the Pokes try to get a head start in recruiting defensive backs to strengthen the secondary. Moreover, the Cowboys have put together a solid line of cornerbacks rolling through Stillwater in recent years. CB’s like Justin Gilbert, Kevin Peterson, and Ashton Lampkin, are just three talented defensive backs in a great line of corners Gundy had to work with in the last few seasons.
Johnson hails from Lancaster, TX. At 6’1″, and 175 pounds, he has a few more years to add some weight and really be able to use his height to his advantage. Johnson holds one other offer beside OK State from the TCU Horned Frogs.
Mickens hails from Southlake, TX. However, Mickens has already drawn a lot of interest from some major college football programs around the country. He has nine offers including OK State. The Texas A&M Aggies are the favorite to land Mickens right now, according to 247Sports. The USC Trojans, Oklahoma Sooners, and Nebraska Cornhuskers have also offered Mickens.
Considering cornerback depth is a frequent concern for the Pokes, it’s good to see Gundy addressing the problem before it arises. We’ll follow the recruitment of both Mickens and Johnson as the 2020 recruiting class starts taking shape over the next year or so.
However, there’s still two entire recruiting cycles to make it through before we really start discussing the 2020 recruiting class in college football.
You can view all the offers that OK State football has made in the 2020 recruiting class here.