New QB Wes Lunt On Cowboys' List

A new name has popped up on the Oklahoma State radar screen in standout quarterback Wes Lunt of Rochester, Ill. The 6-5, 200-pound Lunt led Rochester to a 14-0 record last season and the Illinois Class 4A state championship, along the way winning the Central State Eight Conference championship.

He was a first team All- Central State Eight Conference selection and completed 69 percent of his passes for an impressive total of 3,107 yards and an overwelming ratio of 30 touchdowns to just four interceptions.

We first spoke with Lunt as he was on his way to Champagne-Urbana for the Illinois spring football game. The Illini have offered along with Boston College, Michigan State, Vanderbilt, Western Michigan, and SMU.

Lunt told us he would call us back, but he first, confirmed mutual interest between him and Oklahoma State.

"Definitely do (have an interest in Oklahoma State)," said Lunt. "Coach (Todd) Monken is going to come watch me throw this next week."

Moken is in a line of coaches that will be making their way to Rochester. One aspect of the recruiting with Lunt is that he is seemingly just as eager to get the process on the road and completed as he told Super Prep Magazine founder and editor Allen Wallace earlier this week.

"Teams usually only take one quarterback, so I figured it's a good idea to get it done early," he said. "I'll commit by the end of summer. I want to get it all out of the way so I can focus on my senior season."

Lunt called us back after he attended the Illinois spring game and gave us a report.

"It went good and I got to talk to a lot of (Illinois) coaches," said Lunt. "They played well in the game and I think they are going to be good this year."

As for Oklahoma State, he elaborated on how he came into contact with the Cowboys and Monken.

"I got a message last week that they were interested and I called Coach Monken," said Lunt. "We talked for about 30 minutes and he explained himself, who he is and where he has coached.

"I didn't know a lot about Oklahoma State, but I do know that they spread it and throw it and that is what I am doing in high school here. It is an offense that I would like to be in."

Lunt, ranked as the No. 18 quarterback in the country by, attended Boston College's spring game earlier this month. "It was pretty cold, but nice," he said about the game. "They looked pretty solid and I think they'll have a good team this year."

He camped at Boston College last year as well. "It's a nice place," he said. "I really like it there. The campus is in the middle of the city and it's a good college town."

Lunt's been quite busy visiting schools and has been to junior days at Illinois, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Iowa, Louisville and Vanderbilt.

"Wisconsin and Iowa haven't offered yet," he said. "They said they want to see me throw in person and should offer."

Oklahoma State is in the same boat as it too will send Monken to go watch Lunt throw the football. He has good size and is a decent athlete as a dropback quarterback with reported 4.9 speed in the forty and a 33-inch vertical jump showing good explosion which is reportedly what the football does off his arm, explode.

As we said Illinois was on him early and when we first spoke to him he was on the way to the Illini spring football game.

Lunt lives just under 90 minutes from Illinois and admits that he'd prefer to stay close. "It's a huge advantage to stay close," he said. "It's not everything, but it's big. It would definitely be nice to play every game with my parents in the stands."

Asked again about that comment and he ammeded it slightly. "It is more of a factor for my parents," he said. "You know my mom would like for me to stay close to home, but it is not a big deal for me to go away."

We'll see, probably by the end of the summer, how far mom and dad are willing to travel.

Lunt is an excellent student with a 3.6 GPA in his core subjects and is expected to take the ACT soon.

(Allen Wallace of Super Prep contributed to this report.)

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