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St. Stanislaus QB Myles Brennan intrigued by Oklahoma State visit

 St. Stanislaus rising senior quarterback Myles Brennan recently visited Oklahoma State. The lead Rockachaw came away impressed with Stillwater, Okla., and hopes an offer will come this spring.
COURTESY BRENNAN FAMILY St. Stanislaus rising senior quarterback Myles Brennan recently visited Oklahoma State. The lead Rockachaw came away impressed with Stillwater, Okla., and hopes an offer will come this spring.

Myles Brennan didn't spend his spring break on the beach somewhere with his pals or fishing off of a dock.

Instead, the talented St. Stanislaus quarterback took a business trip 12-hours inland to Stillwater, Okla.

With his parents and girlfriend, Brennan opted to take an unofficial visit last weekend to Oklahoma State to visit with head coach Mike Gundy and offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich, and to see what the Cowboys had to offer.

The Brennans toured Boone Pickens Stadium and the Smith Center -- OSU's indoor facility.

They also took in one of the Cowboys' spring scrimmages.

"That was pretty cool to see how they run their program," Brennan said. "It was a great campus and facilities. We got the whole nine yards.

"It was definitely a positive (visit)."

SSC coach Bill Conides said previously the Cowboys run a very similar offense to the Rockachaws. During the visit, both Gundy and Yurcich hammered that point home.

Brennan said Yurcich even broke down his game film side by side with Cowboys film to prove his point.

"That was pretty neat," Brennan said.

The Rockachaw already holds offers from Southern Miss, Memphis, Troy, South Alabama, Cal, Kentucky, West Virginia, Cincinnati, Wake Forest, Wisconsin, Indiana, Arkansas State, UL-Lafayette, UTSA and Vanderbilt.

He didn't land an offer while in Stillwater, but Brennan, who has completed 66.7 percent of his passes for 11,045 yards and 117 touchdowns in two seasons, said he was fine with that.

"I wasn't going up there just for an offer," he said. "I was wanting to see the campus and facilities since I've never been there."

While Yurcich has seen plenty of Brennan's game film, he told the quarterback he wants to evaluate him in person this spring.

Ranging from Okla, Texas

Oklahoma State's recruiting classes are typically loaded with in-state talent and Texans. The one area the Cowboys seem to routinely wonder outside of their immediate footprint is at quarterback. Current starter Mason Rudolph, a rising junior, is from South Carolina. According to Rivals.com, of the 13 quarterbacks OSU has signed since 2003, Rudolph is one of seven to come from outside Texas and Oklahoma.

"(Yurcich) said it's very rare for him to get out of his comfort zone in recruiting (Texas), but he said he'd do whatever he has to do to get the right (quarterback)," Brennan said. "We talked a lot and he said I fit the program really well. He loves me, my quick release, pocket awareness. He said all of that is why he came down to South Mississippi.

"He said he's going to do whatever he has to do to find the quarterback who fits their program perfectly."

While the Sun Herald's two-time player of the year stands 6-foot-4, his 180-pound frame constantly comes up when talking with recruiters. Brennan didn't mince words and asked what the Cowboys thought of his weight. As a rising senior, Brennan was told his weight is fine -- when he gets on campus, they'll be able to get him north of the ideal 200 pounds.

Big spring

Quarterbacks are typically on a different commitment timetable than most. Once the dominos begin to fall, quarterbacks need to secure their spot with their desired program or risk being passed over and slipping in the pecking order. Brennan said he doesn't have an exact date in mind to commit to a program, but he understands he's under a different microscope from other positional quarterbacks.

"Obviously as a quarterback, time shortens a lot," he said. "My time is broken down into two more months basically. At the quarterback position, if you don't commit there's a chance you (will be passed over).

"I'm just waiting for spring to play out and for all the schools to come down and evaluate me. I feel like once spring is over I'll have a good idea."

Brennan said he expects, Yurcich to visit SSC this spring, as well as LSU, Vanderbilt and a handful of other programs.

"Once I feel comfortable with a school after that, I'll go ahead and pull the trigger," he said.

Apologies to Ole Miss

The Rockachaws garnered plenty of attention last week when Conides called out the Ole Miss football staff for their recruiting efforts of his players.

In a tweet that was later deleted, Conides said "Dear [at] OleMissFB thanks for not offering my kids. I can't wait for their teams to schedule you in the future. Get ready to get skull-drug."

Monday, he released the following statement on the school's website: "Recently, I posted a message on my Twitter account concerning Ole Miss football and recruiting. The content and language I used in the message gave voice to personal frustrations with the recruiting process concerning several of my student athletes. Unfortunately, my choice of words overshadowed that message and I realize that social media is not the correct forum to voice my concerns. My language was inappropriate and does not represent the views of the Saint Stanislaus community at large or the values for which we stand. I apologize to all loyal students, coaches, staff, fans and alums of both Ole Miss and SSC for the words I used and the manner in which I communicated the message. It is my sincere hope that the longstanding ties between St. Stanislaus and the University of Mississippi will remain strong and that we can all move forward as we look to better our storied and respected communities."

Specifically, Conides vented over the recruitment of Brennan and tight end Chase Rogers.

The latter is a Tennessee verbal commitment who picked up an offer from Mississippi State last week. He also holds offers from Memphis, Tulane, Cal, Louisiana-Lafayette, Wake Forest, South Alabama, Arkansas State, UAB, Colorado State and Texas-San Antonio.

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