Recruiting: Wes Lunt May Return This Week

Wes Lunt has not completed a single pass in the first three games of his senior season. That's because the only quarterback commitment in Oklahoma State's 2012 recruiting class has been sidelined with a broken bone in his foot. But the nation's 20th-best high school quarterback prospect hopes that changes this week in a big rivalry games for his Rochester (Ill.) High School team.

The 6-foot-5, 205-pound Lunt broke his foot in late July and has been forced to wear a protective boot during the recovery. He had the boot removed and was able to practice for the first time this season last week, and after suiting up in uniform for the first time this season last Friday, Lunt is hoping to play against rival Sacred Heart-Griffin on Friday night.

"It' s probably 50-50 (whether I play or not)," Lunt said. "It's a big game. It's SHG, and probably the biggest game of the year. I'd love to but our trainers, my doctor, my coach, the Oklahoma State coaches, none of them want me to rush back and re-hurt it. I completely understand that.

"It's probably going to be a game-time decision. It's going to be a group effort. They're going to ask me probably a million times how does it feel and stuff like that, and then the trainers will watch me run to see if I'm having any trouble with it."

The Rochester vs. Sacred Heart-Griffin is as big in Illinois as Tulsa Union vs. Jenks is in Oklahoma. Lunt threw for 188 yards as the Rochester Rockets won 13-10 a year ago to end SHG's 59-game conference winning streak dating back to 2001. SHG's head coach is Ken Leonard, the dad of Rochester head coach Derek Leonard.

"I've been throwing in my boot. I have a week of practicing under my belt. It feels good. The bone is 100 percent healed and now it's just getting my foot and ankle back to full strength," said Lunt. "It's pretty weak. When you're in a boot for seven weeks and you can't move it, the tendons and stuff in your foot get pretty weak.

"It's been really tough (on me). You catch yourself getting negative at times but you can't because the team is winning. It's been real frustrating. But it could be a lot worse; we could be 0-3 instead of 3-0, and we've got a chance to make the playoffs," said Lunt.

The Rockets are 3-0 in part to Austin Green, who moved from wide receiver to quarterback when Lunt suffered the foot injury. He has thrown for 10 touchdowns through the first three victories. "He's done a great job," said Lunt.

Derek Leonard has assured Lunt that there will be no quarterback controversy when he's able to play.

"Coach has told me a million times, you're our guy, you're going to Oklahoma State for a reason. He's been behind me a million percent. He knows how tough it's been for me. Austin knows that too. He's a great receiver and a good linebacker for us, and he's going to help us on the defensive side of the ball tremendously."

But Lunt doesn't have unrealistic expectations when he steps on the field for the first time in 2011, whether that's this week in what some refer to as the Leonard Bowl (involving the two head coaches) or later in the season.

"It's definitely going to be different. I have to get back in rhythm with the receivers and the line and the running backs, and that might take a couple of games and a couple weeks of practice just to get back in the rhythm of being back there. I definitely don't expect to come out and just light it up. We're just going to play it by ear and try to get back in that rhythm that we had this summer," said Lunt.

Watching from the sidelines hasn't been easy after leading Rochester to a 14-0 record and the Illinois Class 4A state championship a year ago.

"My parents have been so supportive of me and they know how hard it is with it being my senior year and my last time playing with my best friends and such. My parents have done a great job. They've been the ones having talks with me when I need them. Honestly, the only time (we've had those talks) are on Friday nights when I get home from the game, that's when I'm probably the most upset," he said.

"I dressed last week and it was better to be out there. That made a huge difference, just being out there in uniform. It made a huge difference. It felt good to be back and feel like I was part of the team."

Lunt has not been able to watch the OSU Cowboys in person this season but was able to catch last week's nationally televised win over Arizona, and liked what he saw.

"It's very exciting. I just can't wait to get there to see a game. I've been talking to Coach (Todd) Monken a lot, and I've talked to Coach (Mike) Gundy a couple of times. They're behind me with my decision when to play," said Lunt, who indicated that he hopes to make a home game soon but knows that he will be attending the Bedlam game at Boone Pickens Stadium in early December since his season will be completed at that time.

He also liked what he saw with senior Brandon Weeden setting single-game records for completions (42) and pass attempts (53) in the Cowboys win over the Wildcats.

"I'm excited because if I work hard and things go right for me that could maybe be me in the future. He's an unbelievable quarterback and the weapons he has in (Justin) Blackmon, and Coach Monken has done a really good job of play calling. I'm just extremely excited."

His message to OSU fans is: "I can't wait to get down there."

A Look At Other Cowboy Commitments
Here's a quick glance at how a couple of other OSU commitments have done in their first three games of the 2011 season.

Kendall Sanders, RB (recruited to be WR at OSU)
Athens, Texas
Athens 44, Diboll 12
Sanders scored three touchdowns for the third game in a row in leading Athens to the victory. He caught a 44-yard pass for the Hornets only score in the first half but added touchdown runs of 11 and 25 yards as Athens scored 37 points in the second half to pull away for the win.

Athens 38, Spring Hill 14
Sanders accounted for 153 total yards and three touchdowns as the Hornets scored 289 fourth-quarter points to pull away for their first victory of the season. Sanders caught touchdown passes of 31 and 50 yards, while also scoring on a 1-yard run.

Fort Worth Nolan 36, Athens 34
Sanders had 114 rushing yards and three touchdowns on only 11 and caught three passes for 43 yards carries but it wasn't enough in the season opener. He scored on runs of 16, 68 and 1 yard.

C.J. Curry, WR
Flowery Branch, Ga.
Flowery Branch 42, Apalachee 20
Curry did not play in Friday night's win as disciplinary measures for a penalty in the previous week's victory. Flowery Branch 64, Winder-Barrow 7
Curry caught fives passes for 105 yards, including a 38-yard scoring reception not even 30 seconds into the game. He also caught TD passes of 37 and 11 yards in the game.

Flowery Branch 56, Madison County 7
Celebrating his birthday, Curry caught two passes for 63 yards, including a 34-yard touchdown reception and a two-point conversion pass.

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