photo courtesy of Jim Thrall; MatFocus.com
Oklahoma State has continued their hot streak of late with another commitment from a blue-chip recruit. Last night Dustin Plott (Tuttle, OK), the third-ranked recruit in the Class of 2020, gave a verbal to the Cowboys. Plott has risen up the rankings swiftly within the last year after narrowly losing in the finals of the Super 32, he put together an undefeated high school season for his first state crown, finished second in the UWW Junior US Open and second in Junior Freestyle in Fargo. All with two more years of high school wrestling remaining. After wrestling 160 lbs during his sophomore season, Dustin moved up to 170 lbs for Fargo.
Plott is the third wrestler within the last week from the Class of 2020 to verbal OSU. Each of those recruits is ranked in the top 21 overall in the junior class by TOM. Last week, the Cowboys received a commitment from the second-ranked 160 lber in the country, senior Brevin Balmeceda (South Dade, FL). In a few years, 165-182 could get crowded for Oklahoma State, as they also have new freshman Travis Wittlake (Marshfield, OR) and Anthony Montalvo (Buchanan, CA) in the room, as well. Even with the possibility of a logjam down the road, keeping Plott in-state was huge for the Cowboys.
A team that went outside of their usual recruiting area was Rutgers, who got a commitment today from Jackson Turley (St. Christopher’s, VA). Typically the Scarlet Knight staff sticks to New Jersey kids; however, they will venture out on occasion, signing a New Yorker or Pennsylvania native, here and there. Their current crop of freshmen includes California state champion Nic Aguilar (Gilroy, CA). With all of that said, Head Coach Scott Goodale’s crew received a verbal today from Turley, a two-time National Prep runner-up. After National Prep’s, Turley when to NHSCA Junior Nationals where he won a title at 170 lbs. Now up at 182 pounds, Jackson was sixth in Fargo at the Junior Freestyle event. Last weekend he placed second at the preseason Journeyman Fall Classic. A commitment from #42 overall Turley now gives Rutgers three seniors ranked in the top 50.
A third top 100 wrestler to commit today was Spencer Trenary (Clarion-Goldfield-Dows, IA), who is the 71 overall senior in the Class of 2019. Trenary was an Iowa state runner-up in 2018, losing a one-point decision to Northern Iowa signee John McConkey. In Fargo this summer, Spencer got onto the podium in both styles, taking fourth in Junior Greco and seventh in Junior freestyle. Currently, Trenary is ranked fifth in the country at 285 lbs. The Jackrabbits were definitely in the market for a heavyweight, as both of their two options in 2018-19 have had little experience. His commitment now gives South Dakota State three recruits from the state of Iowa, two of which are ranked in the top 100. As we stated after the verbal from Cade DeVos (Southeast Polk, IA), assistant coach Cody Caldwell, an Iowa native, has to be involved in this growing pipeline to Brookings.
The Fresno State coaching staff was able to keep one of their local kids home with a commitment from Ryan Reyes (Clovis West, CA). Ryan has placed third at the single-class California state tournament in each of the last two years and has been top-eight in all three seasons. Reyes was quite busy during the high school regular season in 2017-18, winning a title at the Five Counties, placing second at the Reno Tournament of Champions, the Doc Buchanan, and the MidCals. He also traveled across the country to wrestle at the Powerade, where he was third. Ryan is currently ranked 87th overall in the Class of 2019.
For these and all of the current college commitments, check the college commitment page.