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