Life has a way of playing out.
A year ago, four-star wide receiver Talyn Shettron committed to play for Oklahoma, choosing the Sooners over Oklahoma State, Texas, TCU, SMU and Arkansas.
“When I committed to Oklahoma, obviously I thought that’s where I’d end up playing college (football),” Shettron said. “But that was back in my junior year of high school. I had a whole year ahead of me.”
Fast forward to this past summer, and Shettron flipped his commitment. He wanted to play at Oklahoma State.
Even after committing to Oklahoma, Shettron still had schools like Notre Dame, BYU, UCLA, Florida and Georgia reaching out to him. As a top 100 recruit, he was attending camps in which only the top recruits in the nation were invited to attend.
Meanwhile, Shettron's brother, Tabry, was unranked, holding no Division I offers, despite recording promising numbers and showcasing plenty of talent and potential.
“It was definitely confusing to me to some extent,” Tabry said. “I knew I’d played well enough up to that point. But I honestly didn’t care. As long as I got to play football I honestly was happy.”
The brothers, both products of Edmond Santa Fe, had been mainstays in the offense for a while.
“I think Tabry handled it all very well,” Santa Fe coach Kyle White said. “You know, obviously he blew up later than Talyn did. There’s no doubt about that. But he handled it pretty well. He definitely earned every bit of that offer to Oklahoma State.”
Following Edmond Santa Fe’s 41-14 loss to Jenks in the Oklahoma Class 6A-I State Championship, Tabry started to capture the attention of more and more college coaches and scouts.
“Tabry went all out in off-season workouts and practices while attending a camp, it seemed like every month or every other month,” White said. “It just shows his work ethic and the dedication and persistence he has.”
Tabry received his first D1 offers from Kansas State, Air Force and Yale this past March. On June 3, he took a visit to KSU, and said he absolutely loved it.
“Coach Klieman did a fantastic job of setting everything up,” Tabry said. “I really enjoyed it. For a while, that’s where I thought I’d be going next year.”
On June 7, shortly after his visit to Manhattan, Tabry attended a camp at OSU, and impressed the coaching staff. Shortly after, on June 27, Tabry received an offer from the Cowboys.
“I was very excited, I was speechless,” Tabry said. “Because growing up, I never really thought I’d get the chance to play for a program like Oklahoma State. So, yeah I was very excited to get the chance to play in front of as big of a crowd as (Boone Pickens Stadium) has.”
Three days later, Tabry reached a decision and committed to OSU, but that wasn’t the biggest story that day. His brother Talyn, decided to flip his commitment from OU to OSU, joining his brother in Stillwater.
Talyn says he always felt like he was at home when he visited OSU. Despite his commitment to Oklahoma, OSU always seemed to be the better fit for him.
“Honestly, when I took my official at Oklahoma State, it just felt like home to me,” Talyn said. “I always felt very comfortable with all the players and coaches, especially around coach (Kasey) Dunn. It just made my decision so much easier to come to OSU.”
OSU, synonymous under coach Mike Gundy for producing NFL wide receivers, has racked up three Biletnikoff Awards in his tenure, something Talyn said he couldn’t pass on.
“Just seeing the rich history and seeing the proof that guys like me, at my position, could come into Oklahoma State and be successful,” Talyn said. “It was really motivating in terms of my decision in the end.”
Talyn is currently ranked as the 77th best national recruit in the 2022 class, the 10th best receiver nationally and second best recruit out of Oklahoma according to 247 Sports. Talyn currently ranks as Oklahoma State’s 6th highest all-time recruit.
Tabry, upon receiving his first evaluation from 247, is rated as a three star recruit, ranking just outside of the top 1,000 rankings.
“The OSU coaches do a phenomenal job of building relationships early on with our kids and our players,” White said. “With that being said, I think Talyn and Tabry both will make a huge impact once they arrive on campus.
"OSU got two really good ones. They got two really good football players with outstanding potential, but more importantly they got two good young men.”