Recruiting

Matthew Wolff (2017) commits to Oklahoma State

Matthew Wolff, pictured during the Round of 32 at the 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship
Matthew Wolff, pictured during the Round of 32 at the 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship ( Tracy Wilcox )

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Last October, Matthew Wolff tied for third at the AJGA Ping Invitational at Karsten Creek. During his time in Stillwater, Okla., Wolff made an unofficial visit to Oklahoma State.

"I had the feeling (that I wanted to go there) as soon as I stepped on campus," said Wolff, who would make another visit to Stillwater about a month ago. "... I just didn't see a school that could top it."

On Tuesday, Wolff, a 16-year-old from Agoura Hills, Calif., verbally committed to the Cowboys. Golfweek's No. 4-ranked golfer in the Class of 2017, Wolff chose Oklahoma State over UCLA, Oregon and Florida. He also considered Texas, Stanford and Wake Forest.

"It was a hard decision, but I feel like I had the right people around me and Oklahoma State felt like the right choice," Wolff told Golfweek after committing. "I liked the coaches there. I think they are the best in college golf. You couldn't ask for better coaches. They are supportive, they push you, and they know the keys to move you into a great college career and pro career."

Of course, Wolff almost didn't go to Oklahoma State. He had previously committed to USC, but withdrew his commitment last year.

"I was overwhelmed when I committed to USC," Wolff said. "I wasn't sure what my future in golf would be. I jumped on it and wanted to feel safe. But I realized – and nothing against USC; I have the utmost respect for their program – I just wanted to explore my options and see if there was a school out there that fit me better."

Many thought Wolff could potentially follow his Westlake High teammate Spencer Soosman to UCLA. Soosman, a 2016 recruit, signed with the Bruins in November. But because Wolff was so late in committing, it was hard to make that happen.

So instead, Wolff will be a Cowboy. He joins Austin Eckroat of Edmond, Okla., in Oklahoma State's 2017 class.

"OSU golf is a legacy," Wolff said, "and even to be thought of as being part of that legacy is awesome."

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