How Is The Class of 2014 Going To Look?

This is our first attempt at guessing how the Oklahoma State 2014 recruiting class might map out on paper. There is no doubt that head coach Mike Gundy, coordinators Mike Yurcich (offense) and Glenn Spencer (defense), the staff of coaches and recruiting coordinator Johnny Barr have had the Cowboys wish list up on the board in the staff room since before the 2013 class signed in February.

We still think the number of scholarship players for the 2013 season could fluctuate, as It almost always does. However, here goes with our guess for 2014.

The staff used much of January to get a head start on 2014, and the Cowboys coaches are currently on the road heading into their second week of spring evaluation. What exactly are they looking for and how did they derive at those needs?

OSU underclassmen scholarships that will count against 2014 (85 limit):

Offense
QB - (2) J.W. Walsh, Wes Lunt
RB/FB - (5) Desmond Roland, Caleb Muncrief, Dominic Ramacher, Corion Webster, Rennie Childs
WR/IR - (10) Josh Stewart, David Glidden, Torrance Carr, Blake Webb, Brandon Sheperd, C.J. Curry, Jhajuan Seales, Austin Hays, Marcell Ateman, Ra'Shaad Samples
OL - (14) Zac Veatch, Jake Jenkins, Paul Lewis, Daniel Koenig, Travis Cross, Brandon Garrett, Devin Davis, Michael Wilson, Chris Grisbhy, Eli Dickerson, Zach Crabtree, Jack Kurzu, Jesse Robinson, Jaxon Salinas

Defense
DE - (8) Emmanuel Ogbah, Victor Irokansi, Sam Wren, Trace Clark, Jimmy Bean, Maim Mustafaa, Jeremiah Tshimanga, Vili Levini
DT - (5) James Castleman, Eric Davis, Ofa Hautau, Vincent Taylor, Ben Hughes
LB - (5) Ryan Simmons, Kris Catlin, Demarcus Sherod, Seth Jacobs, Dawson Bassett
CB - (6) Kevin Peterson, Ashton Lampkin, Miketavius Jones, Darius Curry, Jerel Morrow, Taylor Lewis
Safety - (4) Lyndell Johnson, Tre Flowers, Deric Robertson, Jordan Sterns
Specialist - (1) Ben Grogan

That totals 63 scholarship players for the 2014 roster. We anticipate that number could rise to 64, or it could drop, although that can't be anticipated. We will settle at 63 just to lock in on a number, and that makes the math add up to 22 scholarships for the 2014 class.

Here's how we would guess those scholarships would be split up by position:
Quarterback - 1
Running back -1
Wide receivers/Inside receivers - 3
Offensive linemen - 3
Defensive end - 1
Defensive tackles - 3
Linebackers - 5
Cornerback - 1
Safety - 3
Specialist - 1

Okay, now who do you fill those numbers with? Here is where we really get into the guessing game.

The Cowboys currently have three verbal commitments in the class. We have rolled those three commitments into this list along with the prospects we would most like to see included in the class. We go over here as you never get your exact wish list and we might have missed on some of the prospects the Oklahoma State staff uncovered on its wish list.

Quarterback (1)
The Cowboys have been recruiting some of the top quarterback prospects in the country and we picked out two. I know David Cornwell is in-state, but we get a funny feeling that he may end up out of state. There are a lot of good options this year as the quarterback class is good.

Kyle Allen, QB, 6-2, 195, 4.6, Scottsdale (Desert Mountain), Ariz.
Mason Rudolph, 6-4, 195, 4.8, Rock Hill (Northwestern), SC

Running Back (1)
This position is an easy one as OSU is looking for one player and they have a commitment from one of the best in Oklahoma and in the nation in Devon Thomas out of Broken Arrow.

Devon Thomas, RB, 5-11, 190, 4.5, Broken Arrow, Okla.

Wide Receiver/Inside Receiver - (3)
This position is really hard as the Cowboys truly will go coast to coast looking for receivers, although this class they may concentrate on Louisiana. We go way over here because the Cowboys aren't even close to being done in even evaluating and coming up with receiver candidates. Kasey Dunn is a really sharp evaluator of receiver talent.

Jalen Brown, WR, 6-2, 185, 4.5, Phoenix (Mountain Pointe), Ariz.
K.D. Cannon, WR, 6-1, 158, 4.53, Mt. Pleasant, Texas
Malachi Dupree, WR, 6-3, 175, 4.5, River Ridge (John Curtis), La.
Tyreek Hill, RB/Ret, 5-10, 185, 4.4, Garden City C.C., Kan./Douglas (Coffee County), Ga.
Demarre Kitt, WR, 6-1, 193, 4.5, Tyrone (Sandy Creek), Ga.
Jeff Mead, WR, 6-6, 175, 4.6, Tulsa (Union), Okla.
Trey Quinn, WR, 6-1, 190, 4.5, Lake Charles (Barbe), La.
Cameron Sims, WR, 6-4, 195, 4.55, Monroe (Ouchita Parrish), La.
Carter Swanson, WR, 6-3, 180, 4.6, Ardmore, Okla.
Devyn Williams, WR, 5-11, 175, 4.5, Killeen, Texas
T.V. Williams, WR, 5-10, 155, 4.45, McKinney, Texas

Offensive Linemen (3)
If any position will end up with more players than we projected on signing day it will likely be the offensive line because Joe Wickline has done such a good job of always building a solid offensive line that Mike Gundy is often inclined to reward Wickline. As of now, we are just seeing three additions in 2014.

Tyus Barrett, OL, 6-5, 300, NA, Dallas (Skyline), Texas
Andy Bauer, OL, 6-5, 280, NA, St. Louis (DeSmet Jesuit), Mo.
Dontavius Blair, OT, 6-7, 300, NA, Garden City C.C., Kan./Anniston, Ala.
Jacob Bragg, OL, 6-3, 302, NA, Nacogdoches, Texas
Lemaete Galeai, OL, 6-4, 310, NA, Euless (Trinity), Texas
Avery Gennesy, OG, 6-5, 315, NA, Southaven, Miss./East Mississippi C.C.
Colby Hegwood, OL, 6-5, 300, NA, Brandon Ms./Pearl River C.C., Ms.
Demetrius Knox, OL, 6-5, 300, NA, Ft. Worth (All Saints Episcopal), Texas
Brad Lundblade, OC, 6-2, 285, NA, Argyle (Liberty Christian), Texas
Ray Raulerson, OL, 6-5, 275, 5.15, Tampa (Plant), Fla.

Defensive End (1)
Only looking for one player here and you would think it would need to be a good one. There are a bunch of really talented prospects on the Oklahoma State target list including one from Oklahoma, another in Georgia, and a third in Texas.

Lorenzo Carter, DE, 6-6, 235, 4.7, Norcross, Ga.
Deondre Clark, DE, 6-4, 240, 4.7, Oklahoma City (Douglass), Okla.
Soloman Thomas, DE, 6-3, 263, 4.75, Coppell, Texas

Defensive Tackle (3)
Honestly, I think this is the position where the target list will change the most between now and next February. Between defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer and his Georgia connections, Joe Bob Clements in the Midlands, and graduate assistant Eric Henderson and his connections in Louisiana there will be many additional names come up throughout the process.

Trey Lealaimatafao, DT, 6-1, 290, NA, San Antonio (Warren), Texas
Elisha Shaw, DT, 6-4, 293, 4.9, Tucker, Ga.
T.J. Tauaalo, DT, 6-2, 270, NA, Keller (Central), Texas
Fred Wyatt, DT, 6-4, 250, 4.89, Lawrence (Free State), Kan.

Linebacker (5)
The Cowboys already have two commitments with Gyasi Akem and Justin Phillips. That is a strong start, and we are going over here because there are so many possibilities. We don't like to be really wrong, so we'll cheat a little.

Gyasi Akem, LB, 6-1, 220, 4.6, Broken Arrow, Okla.
Jake Blomstrom, ILB, 6-3, 235, NA, Katy, Texas
James David, OLB, 6-2, 225, 4.6, Rockdale, Texas
Josh Mabin, ILB, 6-2, 219, 4.6, Klein (Oak), Texas
Justin Phillips, OLB, 5-11, 190, 4.5, Pearland, Texas
Dwight Williams, LB, 6-2, 212, 4.55, Gardena (Junipero Serra), Calif.
Kenny Young, ILB, 6-2, 225, 4.6, River Ridge (John Curtis), La.

Cornerback (1)
We put two prospects here for one spot and Dale is a multi-talented player, although both are really good prospects.

Cedric Dale, CB, 5-9, 175, 4.4, Fort Worth (Timber Creek), Texas
Nick Watkins, CB, 6-1, 190, 4.5, Dallas (Bishop Dunne), Texas

Safety (3)
It's an important year for this position and the Cowboys are very likely to grow their list during the evaluation period and throughout the summer. Parker is highly desired, but for some reason Jenks has been a difficult school for the Cowboys to pull players from. It's a mystery as Tulsa (Broken Arrow, Union, etc.) has been a good recruiting area over the years for OSU.

Allen Artis, S, 6-0, 190, 4.6, Marietta (Wheeler), Ga.
Jamal Adams, S, 6-0, 195, 4.5, Lewisville (Hebron), Texas
John Bonney, S, 6-0 ½, 180, 4.5, Houston (Lamar), Texas
Edwin Freeman, S, 6-1, 190, 4.5, Arlington (Bowie), Texas
Mattrell McGraw, S, 6-1, 180, 4.5, River Ridge (Curtis), La.
Steven Parker, S, 6-2, 185, 4.5, Jenks, Okla.
Brandon Simmons, S, 6-0, 180, 4.5, Mansfield (Timberview), Texas
Arrion Springs, S, 6-0, 190, 4.45, San Antonio (Roosevelt), Texas

Specialists (1)
Can't predict here because not sure if Oklahoma State will look for a punter, kicker, or combo player. A lot will depend on how incoming freshman Ben Grogan settles in and what and how much he ends up doing.


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