Oklahoma State Hands Gilmer Receiver LaMarcus Morton Latest Offer
Oklahoma State has reached out to a sixth East Texas player within the region's huge 2017 recruiting class.
Gilmer's LaMarcus Morton picked up an offer from the Cowboys program Monday evening. The rising senior receiver first announced his new scholarship oppurtunity through his personal Twitter account.
Morton (6-2, 175) now has 13 Division I FBS opportunities and 17 colleges to choose from in total on the heels of leading a large group of Gilmer receivers in total yardage and touchdowns during his junior year.
Gilmer’s ball distribution was wild last season with 17 players on the team catching at least one pass. Of those 17 players, 10 of them caught for at least 100 yards while the offense put up an additional 3,158 rushing yards en route to the Class 4A Division II state semifinals.
Morton led all of Gilmer’s pass catchers with 589 yards and recorded a team-best seven touchdowns on 34 receptions. He also made two interceptions during the campaign as a part-time defensive back.
Gilmer’s loss one game shy of the state championship game snapped a 31-game winning streak dating back to Week 1 of the 2014 season.
Oklahoma State posted a 10-2 regular season last year and finished tied for second in the Big 12 standings with TCU. Oklahoma won the league championship by nature of defeating the Cowboys in both teams' regular season finale.
The Pokes earned a date with Mississippi in the Sugar Bowl, a loss, and finished the year ranked 20th in the Associated Press poll.
Head coach Mike Gundy has spent 24 of his 25 years as a coach in the Oklahoma State program. His coaching career started immediately after serving as the school's starting quarterback in a backfield that also featured legendary running back Barry Sanders through Gundy's junior year.
Gundy will begin his 12th season as the program's leader this September. He led the Pokes to their sole Big 12 championship in 2011 and finished that year with a win against Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl for a third-place finish in the Associated Press poll.
Since then, the Cowboys have finished seasons ranked twice and have not missed a bowl game. The last time the program missed a bowl game was Gundy's first season in 2005, which translates to the Pokes owning the 12th longest active bowl streak in the nation.
In addition to Sanders winning the Heisman Trophy at the end of the 1988 season, Oklahoma State has produced 17 consensus All-Americans in 114 years of competition.
The Pokes also are actively recruiting Center receiver Octavius Evans, Nacogdoches defensive back Josh Thompson and Henderson athlete Lakendrick VanZandt aside from Morton. John Tyler receiver Damion Miller and Bullard tight end Major Tennison also hold Oklahoma State offers, but both of those players are committed to Texas.
Morton, like all high school football prospects preparing for their senior year, will become eligible to sign with any program that offers him in February.
2017 East Texas Football Players With Division I FBS Offers
- Tristan Allen, Atlanta, LB, 6-3, 206 — offer from UTEP (1)
- Judah Bell, Tyler Bishop Gorman, WR, 6-3, 180 — offers from Bowling Green, Coastal Carolina, Houston, Kansas, Memphis, Navy, New Mexico, North Texas, SMU, ULL, ULM, UTSA, Wyoming (13)
- Noah Bush, Athens, LB, 6-1, 216 — offers from Air Force, Army (2)
- Lagaryonn Carson, Liberty-Eylau, DE, 6-4, 261 — committed to Texas; additional offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Baylor, North Texas, Oklahoma, TCU, Tennessee, Texas A&M (9)
- Terrell Cooper, Lindale, DE, 6-3, 240 — offered by Memphis (1)
- Trestan Ebner, Henderson, WR, 5-11, 180 — offers from Arizona State, Arkansas, Arkansas State, Colorado State, Houston, Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi State, Missouri, North Texas, Ole Miss, SMU, Syracuse, UTSA, TCU, Texas A&M, Tulsa (18)
- Montrell Estell, Hooks, WR/DB, 6-2, 180 — committed to Texas; additional offers from Alabama, Arizona State, Arkansas, Baylor, Kansas, Notre Dame, SMU, Texas A&M, Texas State, Texas Tech, Tulane (12)
- Octavius Evans, Center, WR, 6-2, 186 — offers from Indiana, Louisiana Tech, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Texas State, ULL (7)
- Ted Fuller, Harleton, RB, 5-11, 195 — offers from ULM, Wyoming (2)
- Tre Gatlin, Carthage, DE, 6-6, 210 —offer from Wyoming (1)
- Austin Hawley, Gladewater, DB, 6-1, 200 — offer from ULM (1)
- Kollin Hurt, Gilmer, DB, 6-3, 175 — offers from Louisiana Tech, ULM (2)
- Jordan Johnson, Hooks, ATH, 6-0, 195 — committed to Air Force (1)
- Kayce Medlock, Arp, ATH, 5-10, 186 — offers from Army, Colorado, Navy, SMU, Tulane, ULL, UTSA (7)
- Damion Miller, John Tyler, WR, 6-1, 189 — committed to Texas; additional offers from Baylor, Houston, Kansas, Missouri, North Texas, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, SMU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech (11)
- LaMarcus Morton, Gilmer, WR, 6-2, 175 — offers from Arkansas State, Colorado State, Houston, Indiana, Louisiana Tech, Memphis, New Mexico State, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Tulsa, ULL, ULM, UTSA (13)
- Javontavius Mosley, John Tyler, CB, 6-1, 170 — committed to UTSA; additional offers from Arkansas State, Houston, Memphis, North Texas, SMU, Southern Miss, Texas State, ULL, ULM (10)
- Cade Pearson, Texas High, QB, 6-3, 193 — offers from North Texas, Wyoming (2)
- Dhailon Phillips, Lufkin, WR, 6-3, 195 — offer from Texas State (1)
- Kordell Rodgers, Lufkin, QB/ATH, 5-10, 165 — offers from Arkansas State, Texas State, ULM (3)
- Makyle Sanders, Tyler Lee, S, 6-1, 177 — offers from Memphis, Navy (2)
- Bryson Smith, John Tyler, QB/ATH, 6-0, 170 — committed to Houston; additional offers from Air Force, Arkansas State, Bowling Green, Memphis, New Mexico, North Texas, Purdue, SMU, Southern Miss, Texas State, Tulane, Tulsa, ULL, ULM, UTSA (16)
- D’Torian Smith, Tatum, LB, 6-3, 225 — offers from Air Force, ULM, UTEP (3)
- Major Tennison, Bullard, TE, 6-6, 248 — committed to Texas; additional offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Oregon, SMU, Texas Tech (13)
- Josh Thompson, Nacogdoches, CB, 6-0, 182 — offered by Arkansas State, Colorado State, Houston, Indiana, Kansas, Kansas State, Louisiana Tech, Minnesota, Missouri, North Texas, Ohio, Oklahoma State, SMU, TCU, Texas State, Texas Tech, Tulane, ULM, Utah, UTSA, Washington State, Wyoming (22)
- Lakendrick VanZandt, Henderson, S, 6-1, 196 — offered by Houston, Memphis, Oklahoma State, SMU, TCU, Tulane, Tulsa (7)
- Traveion Webster, Longview, S, 6-0, 197 — offered by ULM (1)