Cowboys Pick Up Defensive End In Walterscheid

Sometimes in recruiting you have to be willing to look where others may not. All of those qualities may have come into use with Oklahoma State's latest commitment in what has been a rush of recruiting activity for the Cowboys. The offense has received some recent commitments but the defense has been really busy, and defensive end Cole Walterscheid is the latest pledge on that side of the ball.

"Friday, I took a visit with my family to Oklahoma State and before I left they had offered me a scholarship," said the 6-6, 210-pound Walterscheid from Muenster, Texas.

"Today, I called them up and committed. I talked to the defensive line coach, Coach (Joe Bob) Clements and then tonight (Sunday) I talked to Coach (Mike) Gundy."

The imagination you might need in recruiting a player from a Class A school and a town that I can't ever remember Oklahoma State recruiting a player out of before comes with that size and 6-6 frame. Plus, the fact that Walterscheid plays football, basketball, baseball, and runs track.

He said it has been a long time since he has had a chance to max out in the weight room and that figures with his nonstop sports participation. Even this summer he said he is involved in summer league for basketball and baseball as well as seven-on-seven with football.

He not only plays defensive end but also tight end and some wide receiver. When the young man stops and just starts training for football there is no telling how he will develop. One thing that is a huge positive is he has 4.72 speed in the forty and the explosion that comes with being a triple jumper in track.

He is a two-time All-District 8-1A performer in both football and basketball, and this past season he was named Class A All-State in football. On defense, he had 52 tackles, seven sacks, two interceptions, and he blocked four kicks. In basketball this past season he averaged 14.7 points per game, five rebounds a contest, and 1.5 block shots a game. In track, he had a triple jump at the state meet of 38 feet, 4.63 inches.

A man for all seasons, he is sold on Oklahoma State.

"Just the visit and the coaches and the way the people act and how they treat you," Walterscheid said in explaining why he decided to commit to the Cowboys. "The facilities are outstanding. Then there is the town, it's not a big city and it is the right size and I feel comfortable there."

A good student, Walterscheid said he is contemplating engineering as a major. He's not sure what type of engineering, but he'll check that out to begin with.

You are talking about a heck of an athletic prospect. Muenster is a good German town with a really out of this world German festival. The Dallas Cowboys original team doctor, Dr. Marvin Knight, lived there and often times players like Don Meredith and Walt Garrison would go to Muenster for medical treatment.

Now Muenster, located just 10 miles south of the Red River, may have another claim to fame as a recruiting source for the collegiate Cowboys at OSU.

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