Cowboy Football Notebook

A few weeks ago we warned that the summer recruiting was going to slow down, even come to a halt. July is normally the month when virtually all football coaches take their vacations. With the coaches in and out of office, even in and out of town, less gets done in recruiting. They will still keep in touch with prospects, but there are few, if any, camps and a limited number of unofficial visitors.

It all picks back up in the week to two weeks before the start of preseason camps. The dates below document how you could call this the recruiting dead period. Below are the dates of the last commitments to all of the Big 12 schools as well as a few other prominent area schools.

Big 12
Baylor, June 21
Iowa State, June 20
Kansas, June 18
Kansas State, June 27
Missouri, July 7 (This was a a QB, the first in the class for Missouri and that is critical as they gained a commitment from 4-star QB Marty Mauk, 6-2, 190, Kenton, Ohio)
Oklahoma, June 22
Oklahoma State, June 19 (Wes Lunt)
Texas, June 27
Texas A&M, June 14
Texas Tech, June 21
Others
TCU, June 15
Houston, June 6
Tulsa, July 3

Yielding Moves Down the Hall and Smith Moves In
A year ago, Oklahoma State coordinator of football operations Scott Yielding was running with (or away from) the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. But now he is moving his professional belongings down the hall of the Oklahoma State football offices into one of the more spacious offices as the new assistant director of football operations, replacing Dale Patterson, who recently returned to NEO A&M Junior College as head coach and athletic director.

Yielding, a former Citadel linebacker and successful Georgia high school coach, will assist director of football operations Mack Butler with his tasks and be the main contact for staff and players regarding academics and player's living arrangements.

Monday was the first day at Oklahoma State for Terrell Smith, a former All-ACC defensive back at Duke who is replacing Yielding as the coordinator of football operations. That job deals more with football issues not involving current players. Smith, who will also assist director of recruiting Johnny Barr, was assistant director of football relations at Duke.

Smith, a native of Wingate, N.C., and 2004 graduate of Duke University, co-captained the Blue Devils during his senior season in the fall of 2003 and earned co-team MVP and second team All-ACC honors after recording 140 tackles. He played and later worked on the Duke staff under current Oklahoma State co-defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer.

In 40 career games, Smith racked up 321 tackles and three interceptions.

Following his graduation from Duke, Smith worked one year on the coaching staff at Lenoir-Rhyne College before returning to his alma mater. He served as a graduate assistant coach in 2005 and then spent two seasons in the player development office.

Center Joins Quarterback as Married Men
Last year linebacker Tolu Moala was a married man along with quarterback Brandon Weeden. But since Moala graduated it has been the 27-year-old Weeden that is the lone married Cowboy football player until several weeks ago when the man that snaps the ball to Weeden, center Grant Garner, took the plunge. Garner, from Mesquite (North Mesquite), Texas, got married to the former Bailey Slough in Argyle, Texas.

Now Mr. and Mrs. Grant Garner join Mr. and Mrs. Brandon Weeden as the married couples among the players in the Oklahoma State football family.

Blackmon in LA, But Not for the ESPYs
While Oklahoma State cornerback Brodrick Brown and star linebacker Shaun Lewis await word to see if they were voted into the final four for the Play of the Year in the ESPYs on Wednesday night, and possibly need to pack their bags for a quick trip to Los Angeles, their teammate and All-American and Biletnikoff Award winning wide receiver Justin Blackmon is already in Los Angeles to shoot promos for ESPN and their college football coverage.

Blackmon was one of the several star players chosen by ESPN to be a part of the promotional campaign. Oddly enough, there is a snag regarding NCAA rules that would allow Blackmon to attend The ESPYs if his two teammates happen to make it in. OSU Athletic Media Relations and Compliance were checking into the rules and whether Blackmon could attent the event if assistant director of athletic media relations Gavin Lang had to stay out in Los Angeles for The ESPYs.


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