With less than two weeks remaining until signing day, Oklahoma State managed to keep Michael Wilson (Aledo, Texas) in the Big 12 after all.
Wilson, a four-star offensive lineman, has decommitted from Texas A&M and given his verbal pledge to Oklahoma State. A 6-foot-6, 265-pound tackle, Wilson took an official visit to Oklahoma State this weekend and said he enjoyed it to the point where he wants to spend the next few years there.
"The stability and the town [of Stillwater, Okla.]," Wilson said, "it feels a lot like Aledo to me."
Wilson committed to A&M in February but had questions about the program when Mike Sherman was fired on Dec. 1. Wilson said he liked new A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin but still quietly kept his options open. A&M also is moving from the Big 12 to the SEC, which means fewer opportunities for family members in Texas to see live games.
Wilson now will be the Cowboys’ second four-star player and highest-ranked offensive lineman. Recruited by inside receivers coach Doug Meacham, Wilson is considered the 22nd-best offensive tackle and the 40th-best player in Texas. Oklahoma State, counting Wilson, now has 17 commitments.
Wilson finished his high school career by winning a third-consecutive Texas Class 4A state championship. He was a key blocker for the nation's top-ranked running back in Texas-bound Johnathan Gray. Aledo as a unit rushed for more than 5,300 yards, an average of more than 336 yards per game.