We know now that Gundy has met some with both Blackmon and with quarterback Brandon Weeden.
Our sources tell us the hope is that the players will have a decision sometime before the middle of next week and that it won't go all the way to January 15, which is a Saturday. All of the assistant coaches are out on the road, but somebody will be coming in because we understand Gundy is making in-home visits Wednesday night and Thursday night.
As of right now there are two official visitors expected in Stillwater this weekend. Cibolo Steele All-State linebacker Ryan Simmons did not take a substitute slot for Saturday's U.S. Army All-American Game, so the speedy defensive star is expected to visit. Former Bakersfield C.C. (Calif.) and Georgia native defensive tackle Maurice Hayes is also expected to make an official visit this weekend.
As for the offensive coordinator position and also the new vacancy of a running back coach, Gundy will tackle the coordinator job after he knows about Blackmon and Weeden. Don't rule out anybody but it is tough to narrow it down as well. Depending on the decisions of Blackmon and Weeden, a combined co-coordinator is still a possibility with a current staff member sharing the job with somebody brought in from outside, likey a coach to supervise the quarterbacks.
Finally, Scout.com recruiting analyst Greg Powers spoke with Abilene running back and OSU commitment Herschel Sims in San Antonio for the U.S. Army All-American Game (Herschel Sims Interview with Scout.com's Greg Powers).
Sims is looking good in practices and he talked about being firm in his commitment to Oklahoma State despite being upset over losing his "guy" Robert Gillespie as running back coach.
Gillespie was the main recruiter on Sims. Reportedly, Denton Guyer quarterback J.W. Walsh, who is also playing for the West team in the game, has done a good job of keeping Sims in the Cowboys fold. Sims did say he has talked to OSU head coach Mike Gundy and hopes that Gundy will have a running back coach hired so he can start bonding with him before signing day. Sims said there was a slight chance he might take a visit just in case. He did say only Oklahoma State and TCU have kept recruiting him.