Travis Cross Brings Some Friends To OSU

By our count there were three commitments to the Oklahoma State recruiting class on hand as unofficial visitors for Saturday's Nebraska game. Also, there was one 2012 commitment on an unofficial visit and we learned Sunday afternoon there were two 2011 Cowboy pledges that were making official visits, along with junior college defensive tackle standout Jonathan Jenkins of Mississippi Gulf Coast.

The two high school official visitors were two early commitments in Plano West offensive guard/center prospect Travis Cross and U.S. Army All-American quarterback J.W. Walsh out of Denton Guyer in Texas.

Both players committed very early with Cross pledging after visiting a game in October of the 2009 season and Walsh committing just after he was offered and Oklahoma State had hired Dana Holgorsen as offensive coordinator. Both players said from the beginning that they would enroll at Oklahoma State in January of 2011.

According to Cross, both he and his future roommate had a great time on the visit.

"I had a blast," said Cross. "I had never been able to hang out with the players after a game and stay out following a game. The town and everybody are fantastic."

Asked how his future roommate, the 6-2 1/2, 200-pound Walsh enjoyed it, Cross said, "Quote, end quote he said, 'It's the most fun that I've had in a long time.'"

Cross and Walsh were on official visits since they are coming to Oklahoma State in January, but some of their committed classmates like San Antonio (MacArthur) defensive tackle Ashaad Mabry, North Richland Hills (Richland) linebacker Nico Ornelas, and Mustang wide receiver David Glidden were also in Stillwater for unofficial visits. They were joined by Van, Texas linebacker Dalton Santos, who is already a commitment in the 2012 class.

"I thought the team did well in the game," said Cross. "There were little things that they could improve on, but I'm 100 percent a Cowboy. I can't wait to get up here and get started.

"I talked to the other commitments and they were all 100 percent on board. They all believe even more in their decision. I know they will work on the little things and a team that works on the little things, well that leads to big success."

Cross has always been enthustiastic about helping the recruiting process since he made his commitment. Also, an All-State All-Academic player in Texas, he encouraged two of his younger teammates at Plano West to make the trip to Stillwater for the weekend.

"Yes, I invited them," said Cross. "Well, Coach (Gunter) Brewer invited them and they drove up later. I had to be there earlier for my visit. I hung out with them and they are good ballplayers (Grant Cooper, safety, and Bryce Cottrell, a 6-3, 220-pound linebacker). The thing I like about Grant and Bryce is that they are never satisfied. They will always be working to get better and they want to improve."

Speaking of improving, the 6-3 1/2, 285-pound Cross said he has more pancakes this season than ever before and his highlights have been impressive on YouTube.

"I am more comfortable and confident than I was as a sophomore or even last season as a junior," said Cross. "With three years of varsity high school experience I don't get those butterflies like I used to.

"I keep getting better, but I know that at this level that I will have a lot to learn. I was hanging out with Coach (Joe) Wickline this morning and he was showing me a technique to help in blocking an outside linebacker, to set your depth back and make the outside linebacker go around you. I know that if that situation comes up this next game then I am going to use it. I know I learn a lot every time I'm around Coach Wickline."

Cross said he has two more games left this season and the final one against crosstown rival Plano High is huge for bragging rights. "I want to be able to brag, so that is a huge game."

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