Recruiting: OSU To Host Two 2009 Recruits

Just when you thought it was full speed ahead for recruiting the football class of 2010, Oklahoma State looks like it will put some finishing touches on the 2009 class. The OSU staff is hosting a Junior Day for 2010 prospects Saturday, but the Cowboys will also host two 2009 recruits on official visits, one that is signed and another that may be signed before the end of the weekend.

Lackawanna College (Scranton, Pa.) athlete Mike Eargle may sign when he arrives on Friday, the unsigned prospect told

"I am thinking about signing when I get there on Friday with my mother," said the 6-0, 180-pound Eargle. "I was getting recruited by Auburn and then they didn't have enough scholarships. Coach Teddy Roof, who was recruiting me, told me he would help me out. Shortly after I left my visit to Auburn I heard from the coaches at Oklahoma State and they wanted to bring me in on a visit."

Eargle is an interesting story. He came out of Elizabeth, N.J., where he led Elizabeth High School to a state championship as a quarterback and cornerback. He went to Lackawanna, a powerhouse junior college in the Northeastern Junior College Conference. As a freshman he played cornerback but then just before the start of the 2008 season, the starting quarterback was dismissed from the team.

Enter Eargle, who had the athletic ability and had some experience at quarterback. He led Lackawanna to a 7-3 regular season record and a berth in the North Star Bowl where they lost to Rochester 19-13.

This season he led the team in total offense and was the second leading rusher with 436 yards on 86 carries. He averaged 5.0 yards a carry and scored eight touchdowns. He completed 40-of-86 passes for 635 yards and seven touchdowns. He also threw nine interceptions.

He was very impressive in the return game with seven punt returns for 102 yards and an average of 14.6 yards per return. On kickoffs he had seven returns for 210 yards and an average of 30 yards per return with one going all the way back for a touchdown. He also had a tackle as he made that after one of his passes was picked off.

"I don't really watch football on television, so I didn't see much of Oklahoma State," said Eargle. "I caught them on highlights on ESPN and my teammates and coaches have told me about them. I don't care where I play. A lot of schools were recruiting me as an athlete. I just want to be on the field. I do hope I can help out and return punts and kicks."

Eargle said he wants to major in business management and he will be able to arrive at school for the summer.

He will have company on his visit this weekend as wide receiver Michael Harrison of Dallas (Hillcrest), Texas, who committed to OSU just before signing day, will make his official visit this weekend.

Harrison is a 6-2, 190-pound wide receiver who the last two seasons doubled as, you guessed it, a quarterback. He and Eargle will have something in common when they make the trip to Stillwater this weekend.

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