Lunt Reviews His Trip To Oklahoma State

The Wes Lunt tour of Big 10 Conference schools has included stops at Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Indiana in recent months. He's also been on trips to Louisville, Boston College and Vanderbilt. The standout quarterback from Rochester, Ill. made his first unofficial visit to a school west of the Mississippi River when he and his parents traveled to Oklahoma State this week.

The 6-5, 200-pound Wes Lunt spent all day Friday on the Oklahoma State campus after arriving in Stillwater around 10 p.m. Thursday. Lunt's final day of the school year was Thursday, and then he joined his parents (Andy and Jane) on making the drive to Stillwater for the unofficial visit.

The Lunts spent Thursday night at the Atherton Hotel on the OSU campus and then met Friday morning for breakfast with Cowboys offensive coordinator Todd Monken and coordinator of football operations Scott Yielding.

Lunt and his parents visited with OSU head coach Mike Gundy for nearly 45 minutes and then spent the remainder of the day with Monken and Yielding, and also toured the Cowboys facilities.

"To be honest, I really didn't know that much about (Coach Gundy), but he's a very down-to-earth guy for being a head coach. Some head coaches are harder to talk to than others but he was really down to earth and easy to talk with," said Lunt.

As with virtually every recruit that makes the trip to Stillwater, Lunt was impressed with both Oklahoma State University and the football team's facilities in the west end zone.

"The campus was really pretty. It was not what I expected. All brick buildings ... it was a pretty sweet campus," said Lunt, who completed 69 percent of his passes for 3,107 yards while throwing 30 touchdowns against four interceptions last season as a junior in leading Rochester High School to a 14-0 record and the Illinois Class 4A state championship.

"Of course, the facilities and everything are amazing. I knew they had nice facilities, and everyone was talking about how nice it was, but you just don't know until you get there, and they were right," he said.

But how do OSU's compare to those he saw at Iowa, Illinois, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Louisville, Boston College and the other schools he has visited? "Definitely these would be at the top of the list, for sure. Those schools have nice facilities but everything they have (at Oklahoma State) is just unbelievable."

Lunt was nearly halfway across Missouri into his return trip home when we visited with him Friday evening and he said that Oklahoma State had given him and his parents quite a bit to talk about on the drive.

"After we go to all these places we just kind of recap ... we're still talking about it and it's been four hours since we left. It was a great experience and everyone just really had a great time. You know, Oklahoma State would just be a great fit," said Lunt, who said that he wants to make a decision this summer and then make an official visit to the school he selects for a game in the fall.

Does his quick visit improve OSU's chances? "It definitely improves them. I didn't know that much about Oklahoma State before this. I just knew they threw the heck out of the ball, and that's what I like to do, and run no-huddle, and that's what I do in high school. You just get a different point of view when you get to get on campus and meet everybody," he said.

Lunt made a good point when asked if it would be tough to leave Illinois and Big 10 country for Oklahoma State.

"No, I don't really think so. Being the Big 12, you'd play in Missouri, Kansas and Iowa State, and that's not too far away from home. It's not that far away. Even if I was in the Big 10, they have long trips every where," said Lunt, whose older brother Wil Lunt is a quarterback at Western Illinois.


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