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Oklahoma State Football Recruiting

Cowboys Offer Pair Of Offensive Lineman Brothers; One In Portal, Other In 2023 Class

January 12, 2022

With the recent departures of some offensive lineman from Oklahoma State, the transfer portal has become more of a necessity for the Cowboys to land some lineman for next season and the future. 

They have also continued to send out offers to recruits in the 2023 class, which is starting to pick up steam as we transition into this offseason. The two most recent offers though also happen to brothers, Michael and TJ Shanahan. 

Michael Shanahan has been a standout at UT Martin from the FCS ranks and is now looking to transfer to the power five ranks. He has picked up a bevy of offers since entering the portal.

He confirmed to me today he will be in Stillwater tomorrow for an official visit. “The communication has been 10/10. Coach Dickey has done a unbelievable job and I’m just blessed for the opportunity! Cant wait to see it in person and see everyone in person.”

Early this week, he took a visit to Texas Tech, a visit he said he enjoyed.

On Tuesday, Michael tweeted out that we he would be making his decision “this weekend”, so we will  know soon what direction he will be headed.

Michael became a starter in the 2020 season, starting in all seven games of the season. In the 2021 season, he started and played in all 14 of their games. 

Due to his efforts and performance, he was named to the All-OVC First Team and a 2021 HERO Sports Sophomore All-American. He is a guy who measures in at 6’5 310 pounds, which fits the mold of what Oklahoma State is looking for at tackle right now. 

His younger brother, TJ, is a 4-star prospect and top 150 nationally ranked player in the class of 2023. He holds just over 40 offers. His size is competing with his brothers at 6’4 and 300 pounds. 

TJ plays at the Texas powerhouse Austin Westlake, a school that the Cowboys have offered several prospects from in recent years. They have one Westlake product on the roster in Braden Cassidy. If his brother were to choose to play here, that would help greatly in the recruitment of his brother.

I asked Michael about the possibility of playing with his brother in college and he said, “It means a lot! Always dreamed of playing together!”

Pokes Report will continue to monitor the developments of each brothers recruitment.

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