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Oklahoma State football: QB commit Garrett Rangel's competitive side developed at a ping-pong table

Oklahoma State quarterback commitment Garret Rangel (13), from Lone Star High School in Frisco, Texas. [Dallas Morning News]
Oklahoma State quarterback commitment Garret Rangel (13), from Lone Star High School in Frisco, Texas. [Dallas Morning News]

STILLWATER — Garret Rangel’s competitive spirit was forged at a ping-pong table. He credits his father for his toughness. And he’s excited to bring his physical gifts to Oklahoma State.

The Cowboys quarterback commitment in the 2022 class announced his decision earlier this month, but he’s been targeting Stillwater for a while now, thanks to a strong relationship he built with head coach Mike Gundy and quarterback coach Tim Rattay.

Rangel, the 6-foot-2, 175-pound quarterback at Lone Star High School in Frisco, Texas, is a three-star prospect and a focal point of the 2022 recruiting class.

Q: What sold you on OSU?

A: For me, it was the family environment. Their culture, their atmosphere, everything about them. The way they were so welcoming to me and my family. I took a virtual visit about two weeks before I announced I was committing, and the way they showed my parents all that love and support, and showed me love and support, we knew Oklahoma State was the one. To be honest, once Oklahoma State offered me, and Coach Rattay and I got really close over last summer and during the season, I think we kind of knew Oklahoma State was the one since then.

How would you describe your playing style?

I’m a really competitive guy. I’ll do anything to help my team win. I can make all the throws. I feel like I’m the toughest guy out there. If I get knocked down seven times, I’ll stand up eight. That’s the type of mentality I’ve always had. I think my toughness is a big part of who I am, and my competitiveness.

Where does your competitiveness come from?

It’s most definitely my mom. She started me out at a very young age playing ping-pong with me. I think I was, like, 6 years old and she would kick my butt and it made me so mad. We just kept going back and forth. My dad does not have a competitive bone in his body. I don’t know how, but he has no competitiveness. I think I get my toughness from my dad, because of all the adversity he’s been through in his life, and the way it shaped him to become one of the best men I know. He’s a really good leader in my eyes. I look up to him a lot.

How similar is your offense at Lone Star to what OSU runs?

It’s very similar. All the coaches at OSU kept telling me, “We’re gonna throw the ball. We’re gonna throw the ball.” I see a lot of similarities. My goal is to make it to the NFL, and I think Oklahoma State does a great job with their offense, so I’m looking forward to that and I’m ready to get to work.

Scott Wright

A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and... Read more ›