Dawson Bassett Commits To Cowboys

When the phone rang Wednesday morning and Dawson Bassett saw the number he had a feeling that this was the call he'd been waiting for, for a long time. When he answered and heard the voice of Oklahoma State head football coach Mike Gundy, he knew it was his call. It didn't take the senior from Tuttle (Okla.) High School long to give Gundy his verbal commitment.

Bassett, the younger brother of graduating senior defensive end Cooper Bassett, had visited Missouri last weekend. He also was being pursued very hard by state schools as former Oklahoma State player and now NEO A&M Junior College assistant coach Zach Allen had been in Tuttle High School on Tuesday trying to sell Bassett on pursuing his dreams. Central Oklahoma was checking on him seemingly every other day.

Hearing Gundy's voice offering him the opportunity to play at Oklahoma State was just what he was hoping to hear.

"Like I had told you before this was what I was hoping for," said Bassett. "I know my Mom and Dad were hoping this would happen, and Cooper was thinking there was a good chance of it.

"To get this opportunity is what I was dreaming of. I've grown up watching how great Oklahoma State has been for Cooper and how much he loves it. My family is very much an Oklahoma State family."

When his mom called Cooper to tell him about the news, she reportedly was so excited that Cooper couldn't understand what she was trying to tell him. That's the measure of excitement that this news brought to the Bassetts.

Oklahoma State is getting an interesting athlete in Bassett, who as the first and maybe the only in-state member of the recruiting class.

Bassett is a linebacker on defense and likely will play there at Oklahoma State. But he is so athletic that Tuttle used him as a wide receiver.

Bassett is 6-4, 220 pounds and is a 4.7 in the forty (pushing 4.6 and change). Actually, Bassett said he ran a 4.6 in the forty at the Missouri camp.

He finished the season earning first-team Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State honors and All-Little City credit at linebacker with 106 tackles, four sacks and three interceptions. As a receiver, he caught 32 passes for 780 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was also honorable mention All-State in The Oklahoman.

"I know that I can play linebacker and that I can be a contributor on special teams, and I really am prepared to do anything they need me to do," said Bassett, who was also recruited by the likes of Kansas and North Texas.

"I'm just very happy that this turned out the way it did. It's nice when your dream comes true."

With the commitment the Bassett family becomes another in the line of families that have had brothers both play at Oklahoma State, joining families like the Woods, the Koenigs, and the Currys.

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