OSU Signs Five Oklahomans In 2012

The 2012 Oklahoma State recruiting class includes the second most Oklahomans in a class during the Mike Gundy era in Stillwater. It sure didn't look like it would be that way a few weeks ago.

Gundy and Co. signed five Oklahoma kids to the dotted line on Wednesday, second to only the 2009 class that included seven prospects from the Panhandle State.

This period the Cowboy staff secured longterm commitments from Broken Arrow TE/DE Zac Veatch and Tulsa Washington/Navarro J.C. defensive tackle Calvin Barnett back in September and November, respectively, but it appeared it was going to be light on in-state flavor until very late in the process.

OSU was the beneficiary of a Bedlam switch last week when Wagoner, Okla., defensive back Kevin Peterson, the Tulsa World player of the year, pledged his intentions to be a Cowboy. Stillwater's Jesse Vester and Madill's Caleb Muncrief were both added to the class on Tuesday, the day before National Signing Day.

"We have a nice class of Oklahoma guys this year. I have said this many times in the last couple years that Oklahoma players have been great for us," Gundy said. "I think that we are finding that they are not only here at Oklahoma State but in our league. Guys that are coming out of Oklahoma are doing very well. Some of the big-name players we've had on our team that have produced for us and helped us win all these games the last few years are from Oklahoma."

And Gundy is spot on in that assessment. Here are just a few of the Oklahoma prospects that played a role in Oklahoma State's first Big 12 title and BCS bowl: Brandon Weeden, Justin Blackmon, Josh Cooper, Levy Adcock, Tracy Moore, Daytawion Lowe, Jeremy Smith, Kye Staley and Cooper Bassett.

Not a bad local impact by any stretch.

Here is a brief look at the Oklahomans in this year's class:

ATH Jesse Vester (Stillwater) — 5-10, 180

Vester helped lead a resurgence at Stillwater High and earned All-State honors from The Oklahoman at kick returner in doing so. He also earned All-State recognition from the Oklahoma Coaches Association at defensive back and earned co-district player of the year honors. Vester was also recruited by Iowa State, Kansas, Tulsa and Wyoming.

TE/DE Zac Veatch (Broken Arrow) — 6-4, 255

Veatch is a versatile athlete who could end up at tight end, defensive end or even center for OSU. He's had success on both sides of the ball, as evidenced by All-State recognition as a TE from the Oklahoma Coaches Association and as a DE from The Oklahoman. He was also recruited by Oregon State, Baylor and Houston, among others.

"Zac Veatch is a defensive end/tight end from Broken Arrow that is a throwback to the old days," Gundy said. "The biggest issue we will have in our staff room is the offensive and defensive coaches debating on who gets to have him on their side of the ball because he loves to play football. He can play tight end, he can play defensive end. We really like him. We feel like he's a sleeper over there. He comes from a good program and finished second in state this year, so we're really excited about him."

RB Caleb Muncrief (Madill) — 5-8, 180

Muncrief was a Class 3A All-State selection as a senior at Madill after rushing for 1,571 yards and 24 touchdowns. He averaged 8.4 yards per carry over his final two years and is a standout track athlete. Originally committed to Tulsa.

"We have a running back from Madill, Caleb Muncrief, and a running back is a position that we weren't sure if we were going to take one or not," Gundy said. "So the way the numbers kind of fell late, we ended up with a spot there that we thought he fit what we needed in our offense and we liked him all along. Coach Singleton stayed in touch with him from start to finish and then we decided that he was a guy we thought fit in this class the way the numbers worked out so he is a really good take for us. We like what he brings to the table."

DB Kevin Peterson (Wagoner) — 5-11, 170

The Tulsa World player of the year led his team to a state championship as a senior. He was also named the Oklahoma defensive player of the year by The Oklahoman. Peterson is a state champion in track, as well, in both the 100 (10.86) and 200 (22.21) meters. He was a standout on both sides of the ball with 1,621 rushing yards and 25 touchdowns on offense and 42 tackles and three interceptions as a defensive back. Was originally committed to Oklahoma and also considered Arizona, Arkansas and Tulsa.

"The player of the year for the state of Oklahoma, Kevin Peterson from Wagoner, is a defensive back/corner/kick returner for us. It is kind of unique how the situation happened," Gundy said. "Originally we weren't going to take a guy at that position. We only get 85 scholarships; we have to break them down numbers-wise by certain positions to make everything work. Sometimes we don't have a position and then we have guys that are on our board that are rated so high that if you get a spot at any time you need to go after them and take them, because they give you an opportunity to win games and you've got to find a way to make the numbers work at a later date. A good example of that is you see an NFL team in the draft maybe take a running back with the third pick and they didn't need a running back and that running back is rated so high that they couldn't pass the guy up, so that's what we felt we had with Kevin. He brings a lot to the table so we are excited about him being a part of our team."

DT Calvin Barnett (Tulsa Washington/Navarro CC) — 6-3, 290

Barnett was a second-team NJCAA All-American at Navarro C.C. in Texas. He had 35 tackles, two sacks, five tackles for loss, three fumbles recovered and two fumbles forced for one of the top JUCO programs in America. He was a U.S. Army All-American at Booker T. Washington High School and a first-team All-State player. Originally committed to Arkansas.

"Calvin Barnett is a defensive tackle from Navarro who was at Booker T. (Washington) that we tried to get a couple years ago that we lost on signing day," Gundy said. "We continued to recruit him, let things fall by the wayside and didn't take it personal, worked hard at it and were able to get him in this signing class. He is already on campus now and we are looking forward to him helping us out inside."

Oklahomans By Year (as of National Signing Day)

2012 — 5 (Jesse Vester, Stillwater; Caleb Muncrief, Madill; Kevin Peterson, Wagoner; Zac Veatch, Broken Arrow; Calvin Barnett, Tulsa)

2011 — 2 (David Glidden, Mustang, and Isaac Maselera, Glenpool)

2010 — 2 (Chris Littlehead, Tahlequah, and Johnny Deaton, Sand Springs)

2009 — 7 (Tracy Moore, Tulsa; Michael Bowie, Sand Springs; Clint Chelf, Enid; Daytawion Lowe, Oklahoma City; Colton Richardson, Ada; Brandon Webb, Owasso; Jeremy Smith, Tulsa)

2008 — 3 (Kye Staley, Guthrie; Justin Blackmon, Ardmore; Cooper Bassett, Tuttle)

2007 — 3 (Jared Glover, Bixby; Josh Cooper, Mustang; Quinton Prince, Oklahoma City)

2006 — 3 (Derek Burton, Muskogee; Myron McKinney, Oklahoma City; Jacob Secrest, Stillwater)

2005 — 4 (Noah Franklin, Vinita; Eric Preast, Sulphur; Tevin Williams, Stillwater; Brady Bond, Garber)

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