The Oklahoman's Super 30: How Edmond Santa Fe's Talyn Shettron flipped from OU to Oklahoma State

Jacob Unruh
Oklahoman

EDMOND — Talyn Shettron would only give a one-word answer to his older, adopted brother.

Maybe.

Tabry Shettron was scheming. The Oklahoma State camp was fast approaching. What if he got a scholarship offer? Could he convince his brother to join him?

Talyn — then committed to OU — wasn’t quick to dream.

“I had no idea this would happen,” Talyn said.

Funny how things work out. 

Nearly a month later, Talyn is committed to the Cowboys alongside his brother. The Edmond Santa Fe star brothers are huge prizes for OSU.

And proof that family matters.

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“That’s what we wanted to do,” Talyn said. “It was hard, but family’s first.”

Talyn — a four-star recruit regarded as one of the top wide receivers in the nation — is ranked No. 2 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 rankings of the state’s top college recruits. Tabry, a tight end, is No. 19.

They are not related by blood, but might as well be.

“We’ve been together our whole lives,” Tabry said. “We’d like to stay together in college and as long as we can.”

The odds of playing together appeared slim.

Talyn was a breakout superstar as a sophomore. His arrival was marked by a huge performance in a November game at powerhouse Jenks. He caught eight passes for 180 yards and three touchdowns, lifting the Wolves to the first West victory over the Trojans in 17 years.

He held scholarship offers from OSU and Arkansas. More quickly followed as he was labeled the top receiver in his class by ESPN.

But Talyn worked to stay humble. He’s not necessarily a flashy kid. He likes to be low-key.

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“It changed things in the eyes of other people,” he said. “It didn’t really change things for me.”

He committed to OU in October. Tabry’s recruiting had yet to materialize.

And OSU offensive coordinator Kasey Dunn remained in contact. When the Cowboys started recruiting Tabry, Dunn spoke with Talyn more.

Edmond Santa Fe receiver Talyn Shettron is ranked No. 2 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 rankings of the state’s top college recruits.

They saw an opening with a player who could step into their biggest receiver position: the Z receiver, made famous by Dez Bryant, Justin Blackmon, James Washington and most recently Tylan Wallace.

All were gamechangers. All were NFL talent.

Talyn could be on that path.

“He’s really good,” Edmond Santa Fe coach Kyle White said. “I think the sky’s the limit for him, too. I think he’s very, very talented. He’s gotten better every year. He’s gotten more consistent every year. The thing about Talyn is he’s never rested on that. He shows up and works every day and has a great attitude and wants to improve on a daily basis. 

“I think when he gets to college it’s going to take off. I’m excited to see how much he transforms through the college years and how much he’s transformed from a freshman at Santa Fe.”

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But that’s down the road.

Right now, Talyn has another year of high school with his brother. Then, they have a few years of college together, at least.

That’s all they ultimately wanted.

“If you have the opportunity, you can’t pass it up,” Talyn said.

Jacob Unruh covers college sports for The Oklahoman. You can send your story ideas to him at junruh@oklahoman.com or on Twitter at @jacobunruh. Support his work and that of other Oklahoman journalists by purchasing a digital subscription today.

Brothers Tabry Shettron, left, and Talyn Shettron, have signed to play college football at Oklahoma State after graduating from Edmond Santa Fe.

The Oklahoman’s 2022 Super 30

Name: Talyn Shettron | School: Edmond Santa Fe

Super 30 ranking: No. 2 

Height: 6-foot-3 | Weight: 180 pounds

Position: Wide receiver

Committed to: Oklahoma State

More:A look at The Oklahoman's 2022 Super 30 high school football recruiting series

About the series 

The Oklahoman’s Super 30 feature series spotlighted each high school football player on the Super 30 recruit rankings for the 2022 class. The series concluded Sunday with Nos. 1 and 2, Tulsa Booker T. Washington’s Gentry Williams and Edmond Santa Fe’s Talyn Shettron.  

Here are the last five players we’ve featured:  

No. 5: Maurion Horn, ATH, Broken Arrow 

No. 4: Jacob Sexton, OL, Deer Creek 

No. 3: Chris McClellan, DL, Owasso 

No. 2: Talyn Shettron, WR, Edmond Santa Fe 

No. 1: Gentry Williams, WR/DB, Tulsa Booker T. Washington