photo courtesy of Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com
Tonight, the top recruit in the high school Class of 2020, AJ Ferrari (Allen, TX) made his college intentions public. Ferrari will wrestle for the Cowboys of Oklahoma State in the 2020-21 season. The other schools on AJ’s short-list include Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State, Rutgers. Ferrari is a 2018 Cadet World bronze medalist who has won the Walsh Ironman on two occasions. Last year, AJ won the Ironman and the Beast of the East at Blair Academy, before he transferred to Bergen Catholic, NJ. Transfer rules prohibited him from competing for a New Jersey state title in 2019. Following the season, AJ moved back to his original high school, Allen in Texas. Ferrari burst onto the national scene in 2017 when he captured a Cadet National freestyle in Fargo at 170 lbs.
AJ is the cherry on top of an already-incredible Oklahoma State recruiting class. Ferrari is the sixth top-50 recruit to commit to John Smith’s team, five of which are in the top 25. He projects as a 197 lbs, but could grow into a heavyweight. While this recruiting class already features a 197/285 lber, getting a recruit of Ferrari’s caliber trumps addressing a specific need. Barring some unforeseen commitments, the Cowboys will have a stranglehold on the top spot in the 2020 recruiting rankings. Adding this group into a 2019 recruiting class ranked #11 in the nation and you can expect Oklahoma State to be competing for national titles again in the near future.
Ferrari’s commitment leaves #4 Jesse Vasquez (Excelsior Charter, CA) as the only wrestler in the top ten of the Class of 2020 that is uncommitted. Only two others in the top thirty have not given a verbal to a university, as of yet.
For all of Oklahoma State recruits and all other commitments, check out TOM’s college commitment page.