David Glidden: His Coach's Take

GoPokes.com interviewed the high school coach for each of the Oklahoma State commitments in the days leading up to National Signing Day. In this installment of "His Coach's Take," we visit with Mustang High School head coach Ty Prestidge about David Glidden, a 5-11, 180-pound wide receiver from Mustang, Okla.

What are his strengths as a football player?
Ty Prestidge: As far as being a receiver, he's like (Josh) Cooper was. He just explodes out of the cuts. He's just got that ‘it' factor in finding grass and settling up. It doesn't matter if you press him on top or back off of him, he just finds the holes in the defense. He'll be able to do it in college too, just like Josh has. But the best thing about him is the way he competes. He's the ultimate teammate. He doesn't look to see what his stats are, he doesn't care about that type of stuff. He's started for us here as a freshman in baseball and basketball, and was a factor (in both sports). He's what making coaching fun. He's not only great on the field, his family is a super family and he just never going to embarrass you or anything like that.

What do you believe will be his biggest challenge in going from high school to playing in the Big 12?
Ty Prestidge: He will adjust just like Josh did. For all the kids, it's the speed of the game. There's nothing you can do do prepare for that. He's a little guy so stepping out against guys bigger than him will not affect him because he's always faced that. Stuff like the mental part of the game and schemes and all that, he's just so unbelievably smart. Tell him one time and he's got it.

Was there one game, or maybe even one play, during his career that you'll always remember?
Ty Prestidge: I'm telling you every ballgame we had one of those ‘Wow!' moments. Every time he would do something like that in a ballgame I'd be on the headset and I'd mash my button (to speak) and I'd say, ‘Guys, we're going to miss No. 6 next year,' because he did so many things from the little bitty catches that he'd take 40 yards where he'd make five cuts. The thing about him is it did not matter whether we were playing Lawton High with that speed or another school that didn't have true college-type speed, he still made plays no matter who we played and no matter who lined up against him. He could still dominate whoever it was.

What are three words that describe him as a football player?
Ty Prestidge: Ultimate team player.

Why do you think he chose Oklahoma State?
Ty Prestidge: He's always wanted to go there. I went to spend two days with Dana (Holgorsen) in Houston (to learn more about the offense) ... he was going to take (David) at Houston, and then about a month after I left he hooked up with Mike (Gundy). Of course, that was good news for David. Dana is a little guy and David is a little guy, it was just a great fit. Then what they do with inside slots is perfect for both Josh and David, and what they had been in high school. He never wanted to be anywhere else but Oklahoma State.

Over the course of his college career, whether it be four or five years, what do you expect him to accomplish?
Ty Prestidge: I really truly expect him to be a name receiver at Oklahoma State. I think people will know who he is. I think Josh would have been sooner but he couldn't get away from those nagging injuries, but this year he stayed healthy. I expect the same thing from David.

What will you remember the most about coaching him?
Ty Prestidge: Just how he cared about his teammates. He was as happy if somebody else scored. His best thing is being a receiver but on the defensive side he was so competitive that he wanted to be the best defensive back around. He never gets mad on the field, and it doesn't matter whether they're holding him or grabbing him, he's always got a smile on his face and goes and competes on the next play.


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