Signing Day Notebook

Mike Gundy confirmed that he likes to see players coming into the Oklahoma State program that have won a lot of games. This year's class included two junior college national championship members, one Class 5A state champion from this season, three state finalists, a state quarterfinalist, and 12 other high school players that participated in the playoffs in either Oklahoma or Texas.

"There is no question that one of the ingredients we look for in recruiting is young men who have become accustomed to winning," said Gundy. "It is not the main thing, but it certainly helps that they have that kind of attitude when they enter the program."

Maturity and Character
Another major quality or qualities that are wanted in future Cowboys are maturity and high character. We saw what it leads to this season as this Oklahoma State team was high in both areas despite being young overall. Having spoke with all of the members of this class I can tell you I believe they fall in line with those ideals.

"It is one of the first ingredients we look for in our prospects because we want guys that are going to fit into our program," explained Gundy.

"You mentioned the maturity from this season and we are going into our seventh year now and as head coach and with our staff and support system our values in the program have pretty much stayed the same. What we have now are young men now that are trying to graduate and go to class, do the right thing, and be a part of a team and not be a selfish player.

"I think the players we bring on our campus to visit get a feel for that and make a decision if they want to be a part of that. If they don't, that's fine because there are plenty of other places to go to school. The guys we bring in here, we want them to migrate to those players that are having all that success and we think that translates to wins on the football field.," Gundy added.

DFW Club, Including Three from Denton Guyer
One of the trends in this class is that while Houston has been so very good to the Cowboys, this class has a definite Dallas-Fort Worth flavor to it. There are 11 DFW-area players in the class and 10 of them are coming out of high school, three of them out of Denton Guyer.

"It started out with (J.W.) Walsh and then we had a very good connection with his father (John), who is the head coach there and we started looking at Jimmy Bean and we were able to project him as a defensive end," explained Gundy of the Cowboys Guyer connection.

"Then Josh Stewart was committed to another school for awhile but as we considered to watch their games we saw he made plays on offense and on defense and had done a number of things that we really liked and he expressed interest in Oklahoma State. Before it was all over we ended up with all three of them."

Those three at Guyer and the others in the Metroplex quickly bonded. As each one committed to the Cowboys they were welcomed into the club.

"I talked to you about Facebook and other outlets that are out there that allow kids to get to know each other from city to city and build relationships," said Denton Guyer head coach John Walsh.

"I got to experience it first hand with J.W. Then we had kids over to the house like Desmond (Roland) and Nico (Ornelas), and Jonovan (Griffin). The Metroplex is big but it is easy to get around to meet each other. These guys did a good job getting to know each other and Herschel (Sims) did a good job. He is from Abilene but he got down (here) and he tried to keep in touch quite a bit."

Luper, Auburn Try for a Steal on Sims
You want to know how far the Oklahoma State program has advanced? Over the last few years the Cowboys have lost recruits to a number of schools. Remember, Demontre Hurst going to Oklahoma, Ryan Broyles going to OU, and Tyrell Higgins to Texas? Those weren't always late, but they were lost.

Two days before signing day, former Oklahoma State running backs coach and now Auburn assistant Curtis Luper started hammering the Cowboys prize running back recruit Herschel Sims. Luper was preaching for Sims to not sign and visit Auburn the weekend after signing day.

Sims signed!

"We are very excited about Herschel," said Gundy in just talking about his new running back, a five-star recruit in everybody's ledger. "He is really kind of a proto-type back for us in his size, speed, and ability to make you miss.

"He is an intelligent football player with a lot of savvy, good hands, good work habits. He comes from a program that has won a lot of football games and they have done a great job out there. Last year they won a state championship and this year they went a few rounds in the playoffs. He is kind of the complete package for us and certainly what we look for in a running back."

How far have the Cowboys come? Not even a national champion like Auburn can come in and make a late steal.


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