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Oklahoma State Lands 2023 Waco (TX) Connally DB Jelani McDonald

July 1, 2022
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STILLWATER – Oklahoma State has added another piece to the puzzle as Jelani McDonald took to Twitter Friday evening to announce his commitment.

McDonald is a 6-2, 190-pound athlete out of Waco (TX) Connally. He marks the 10th overall commitment in the 2023 class for the Cowboys and the sixth on the defensive side of the ball.

He currently holds offers from OSU, Arkansas, Colorado State, SMU and Texas Tech.

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While he’s listed as an athlete because he’s a dual-threat quarterback for Connally, he’s being recruited as a corner by the Cowboys. He didn’t play a defensive role for the Cadets this past season, but he’s expected to play on that side of the ball this upcoming season as a senior.

In fact, Texas Football has McDonald listed as one of the top defensive back prospects in the 2023 class.

This past season as a junior for Connally, McDonald threw for 865 yards and nine touchdowns, while rushing for 576 yards and six touchdowns.

As you can see from his highlight video, McDonald is an athletic and fast prospect. He’s also a basketball player for the Cadets, in which he averaged 14 points, five rebounds, two assists and one block per game as a junior, which earned him Texas District 18-4A MVP honors. So, that only adds to his agility, athleticism and explosiveness.

McDonald’s recruiting process with Oklahoma State has been a rather quick one. He received an offer from Tim Duffie after being on campus in early March. He was on campus a few months later for an official visit in early June and committed less than a month later.

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Oklahoma State Lands 2023 Waco (TX) Connally DB Jelani McDonald

2,769 Views | 29 Replies | Last: 1 mo ago by Zach Lancaster
Polston31
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That could help us get back into the top 45. Huge pickup especially going into the future conference. Should be able to compete with the top half of the future big aac
POOBAPOKE
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GO POKES!
TUSKAPOKE
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WELCOME COWBOY!!! GO POKES!!!
Vonrocky
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Hope we can hang on to him when the big boys notice him.
He looks like he can play.
CaliforniaCowboy
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Polston31 said:

That could help us get back into the top 45. Huge pickup especially going into the future conference. Should be able to compete with the top half of the future big aac

he doesn't even have a "star" rating according to 24/7.... SMH

how can you determine if he's any good if he doesn't even have a coveted rating?
Polston31
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I didn't say if the kid was good or not. I am sure he is a good developmental prospect. I would most definitely rather have a recruit that already knows how to play defense tho. Being he hasn't played defense and he will be a corner for us. Again these are the types of kids that keep us where we have been. Very low chance this kid becomes an elite player. Possible but not very likely. Doesn't mean he sucks. Osu isn't the only school in America that evaluates talent. We missed on the best ones and now we get these types of kids again. Say what you want but this kid doesn't move the needle.
Polston31
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And if osu is exclusively going for these types of prospects then we are afraid of the competition or they have resigned to the fact we can't get the best players. So either way it's not a good look
CaliforniaCowboy
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Polston31 said:

I didn't say if the kid was good or not. I am sure he is a good developmental prospect. I would most definitely rather have a recruit that already knows how to play defense tho. Being he hasn't played defense and he will be a corner for us. Again these are the types of kids that keep us where we have been. Very low chance this kid becomes an elite player. Possible but not very likely. Doesn't mean he sucks. Osu isn't the only school in America that evaluates talent. We missed on the best ones and now we get these types of kids again. Say what you want but this kid doesn't move the needle.
oh, no back peddling.

YOU SAID - "huge pickup" (implying he's good), YOU SAID - "could get us to in top 45" (implying he's good enough to bring up our average regardless of having no ranking... LOL)

eat that crow Pal, you just can't have it both ways.
Polston31
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That's called sarcasm that went way over your head lol
Polston31
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Nice try tho cali lololol
Polston31
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That was hilarious and actually started off my day really well lol thanks cali I appreciate you on this one
CaliforniaCowboy
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yeah, you revisionists always start singing a different tune when you get exposed...

have a great day
Polston31
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Future big aac? You really don't see it? Lol I can't help ya there. Good job cal lol you have a great day too
CaliforniaCowboy
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no, I really do not "see it".

If you look at OSU's "team ranking" at this very moment (#49), using 24/7 rankings.

could you please tell my how Virginia, Vandy, Georgia Tech and Maryland have a "team ranking" higher than OSU.

OSU, Virginia and Vandy all have 10 commits, while Tech has 12 and Maryland has 13. (all have only 3-star kids, there are no 4-star or 5-star).

OSU has an "average player point score" of 86.77, which is greater than all of the 4 schools that are "ranked" immediately above us.

How exactly does that "team ranking work"?

OSU has as many recruits, the same "stars", and higher Player rankings - yet OSU has a lower "team ranking".

Can you explain that to me?
Polston31
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We could argue this all day. Point will still be recruiting like we do won't win us anything substantial. You want numbers but ignore em when I give em. I don't have the energy to argue with you today. If you believe how we are doing things will get us to the promise land than you should be in heaven right now because we are killing this being average thing. So are maintaining cali and not improving. Super seniors and historical defenses don't come along every day and when that runs out and we have to rely on talent we will be back in our normal 8-10 wins range that you all seem so happy to be apart of. Me and you and recruiting conversations are done. I think I understand how you feel and surely you see I am not satisfied with how we recruit so where does that leave us? Arguing for no reason. I can't do it anymore and won't carry this on for weeks like you do. So I respect whatever opinion you have and I'm moving on.
Orangeheart72
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I personally love this pickup. High school qb's tend to be one of if not the best athlete on their teams. Switzer used to recruit qb's for db's and made a living off of great unknown backfield types from smaller towns often. I know some are disappointed when the stars don't fall on a player, but truth is, we had one of the nation's best collection of defensive backfields last year. I trust these coaches know what they're doing on db's.
Joe Khatib
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Orangeheart72 said:

I personally love this pickup. High school qb's tend to be one of if not the best athlete on their teams. Switzer used to recruit qb's for db's and made a living off of great unknown backfield types from smaller towns often. I know some are disappointed when the stars don't fall on a player, but truth is, we had one of the nation's best collection of defensive backfields last year. I trust these coaches know what they're doing on db's.
Very good point, Malcolm Rodriguez was a three year starting QB and defensive back at Waggoner and lead them to three State Championships in a row and of course we know the rest of the story (NFL)!
CaliforniaCowboy
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Polston31 said:

We could argue this all day.
no need to argue, I asked you a flat out question......why is the team ranking different from the metrics?

I don't want to argue, answer the freaking question. How is the team ranking calculated?
Polston31
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Cali my answer doesn't matter. You'll argue either way lol so take your old ass to bed and enjoy your 4th. Otherwise we can just argue some more. But why? You need to take the l you got this morning and shut up.
Kerrydon
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Is your point that the way OSU recruits we will never have a top football program? In case you don't follow OSU football, our school won the Fiesta Bowl and finished #7 in the country five months ago.
Polston31
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No that's not my point. My point is we won't win anything that matters. That fiesta bowl means squat. No one nationally sees us as a contender. We beat Notre dame and can't beat Rutgers in recruiting. Notre dame got more momentum from losing than we did from winning. You see us winning it big but why do we struggle to land top recruits? We aren't trying or we are that bad at it. Give me all the backlash.
CaliforniaCowboy
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Polston31 said:

Cali my answer doesn't matter. You'll argue either way lol so take your old ass to bed and enjoy your 4th. Otherwise we can just argue some more. But why? You need to take the l you got this morning and shut up.
naw.... you won't answer because you don't have an answer.

Why is OSU ranked 49 and Vandy 47 when we have better metrics? (10 recruits, all 3-star, OSU higher player ranking)

you keep harping about "team rankings"..... tell us all you can about team rankings and why Vandy has a higher team ranking.

Polston31
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You're right I don't have an answer for you. So shut the hell up already.
Polston31
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I really was respectful and tried to peacefully walk away. You just won't stop instigating man. I do not want to talk recruiting with you. Do not. Please do you not understand? You win I don't care. I do not care.
CaliforniaCowboy
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Polston31 said:

I really was respectful and tried to peacefully walk away. You just won't stop instigating man. I do not want to talk recruiting with you. Do not. Please do you not understand? You win I don't care. I do not care.
I'm instigating nothing, I'm simply asking why you keep harping about star rankings and team rankings, when they are essentially made up nothingness. (as I've demonstrated).

it was a very simply question.... why the differences in team rankings?
Polston31
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Honestly. Go look into every comment. Do it before you write me back. I never mentioned a players star ranking. I have been implying osu is not recruiting very well or at a very average level that won't get us to a national title. I have never mentioned stars. My opinion is osu is not recruiting at a high enough level. I myself said that the rankings are not completely accurate but there is some merit. I said the teams that recruit the best win at the highest level. The way osu recruits will not get us there. I have said that 100 times you keep on about team rankings and stars not me. Seriously man I am done. At this point you are being a creep. I respect your opinion and I am moving on. Cali leave it alone my point is made. Refer to this if you have any other questions or instigations
CaliforniaCowboy
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Polston31 said:

Honestly. Go look into every comment. Do it before you write me back. I never mentioned a players star ranking. I have been implying osu is not recruiting very well or at a very average level that won't get us to a national title. I have never mentioned stars. My opinion is osu is not recruiting at a high enough level. I myself said that the rankings are not completely accurate but there is some merit. I said the teams that recruit the best win at the highest level. The way osu recruits will not get us there. I have said that 100 times you keep on about team rankings and stars not me. Seriously man I am done. At this point you are being a creep. I respect your opinion and I am moving on. Cali leave it alone my point is made. Refer to this if you have any other questions or instigations
nope..... no backtracking. You're the one that keeps bashing our recruiting.

exactly "what level" is OSU recruiting at? How do you determine that? With Stars? With Team Rankings/

How?

If you are not relying on stars and service rankings, then how exactly have you determined that we're not recruiting at a "high enough" level.

the whimp out claim that if you win more, then you recruit better is not sufficient to support your attacks on our recruiting, because you can't possibly know if the recruiting was good BEFORE those recruits have played and won games. It just doesn't work that way.
Polston31
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Zach Lancaster
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Alright y'all, that's enough of that. I'm locking this thread because it's getting out of control. I have no problem with discussions, or even heated discussions that don't go crazy. Y'all want to bicker and argue, just send each other private messages and save everyone their sanity.
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