Cowboys Love Their In-State Commits

Very rarely is an editorial about recruiting posted here on The reason is in my mind recruiting is, as many say, "not an exact science." Opinions on recruiting and recruits vary from the "stars" passed out by evaluators to the offers passed out by college coaches. The truth doesn't reveal itself until at least a year and sometimes several years down the line.

I also don't tend to cheer for recruits. It's a dangerous proposition because you just never know and it's absolutely not my job to play matchmaker in recruiting. Neither side and especially coaches probably don't want it, although I've been asked for names, numbers, and info from almost every school in the Big 12 at one point or another.

On the commitment today from Dylan Harding of Jenks I did a dance inside. I've liked Harding from the first time I spoke with him, and during the process it became very apparent that he wanted to play at Oklahoma State.

He had good offers but Oklahoma State was his focus. Watching him play you saw a skinny (at the time) but very intelligent and physical safety. He covers well, comes up in run support well, and just generally finds his way around the ball or ball carrier and makes plays.

His speed is excellent and the few times he and his Jenks teammates had to chase he took good pursuit angles and got where he needed to.

It would be great if Oklahoma State landed both of the Jenks starting safeties. For all those that felt or rumored there was some sort of problem between Harding and Parker, I think Parker's Twitter response to his teammate's commitment clears all that up.

I just got the news that one of my brothers just committed to osu! Congrats and I might be there with you soon! @dylanharding4

Harding is now added to an Oklahoma group in the 2014 recruiting class that includes the Broken Arrow duo of running back Devon Thomas and linebacker Gyasi Akem as well as Tulsa Washington standout defensive end Jordan Brailford.

The Tulsa area is truly a stronghold for the Cowboys. Those four players will be ones that play for the name on the front of the jersey as well as the back. Harding is the poster child for that spirit. He really wanted to be a Cowboy and wear orange, and that is always special when that lines up in recruiting.

I'll be the first one to say that you can't win recruiting only in the state of Oklahoma because the numbers just aren't there. I will also say that you can't win at Oklahoma State without players from the state of Oklahoma. It's those players that help remind your team why it is so special to wear the uniform and play for the Cowboys.

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