Analyzing The Needs Of The Class of 2014

When analyzing the needs of a recruiting class it is easy just to look at graduating seniors to see if a program is replacing the numbers on the roster at each position. That is just one way to look at how a class will address the needs of a program. It's necessary to also check the depth chart, making sure older, more experienced players are ready to step in for graduating seniors.

It's also imperative to look at the juniors in the starting lineup, and seniors and juniors that are immediate backups on the depth chart as they have to be replaced too.

If those replacements are not from the two immediate recruiting classes ahead of the current one then you might see the need for holes to be filled. Those holes are usually filled with either junior college prospect that could be ready more immediately or by an high school standout if it is a position where a younger player can more rapidly get comfortable and perform at a high level.

2013 Oklahoma State Seniors
Starters
Offensive Line
LT-Parker Graham
LG-Brandon Webb

Receivers
WR-Charlie Moore
IR-Tracy Moore
IR-Blake Jackson

Running Backs
RB-Jeremy Smith
FB-Kye Staley

Defensive Line
DE-Tyler Johnson
DT-Calvin Barnett

Linebackers
MLB-Caleb Lavey
Star-Shaun Lewis

Defensive Backs
CB-Justin Gilbert
FS-Daytawion Lowe
SS-Shamiel Gary

Deep Snapper
Andrew Sutter
Connor Sinko

Key Reserves
Receivers
IR-John Goodlett

Quarterback
Clint Chelf

Defensive Line
DT-Anthony Rogers
DT-Davidell Collins

Linebackers
MLB-Joe Mitchell
Star-Deion Imade

Defensive Backs
SS-Zack Craig
FS-Larry Stephens

Looking over the numbers of seniors, there are players in the previous recruiting classes that appear to be lined up and ready to jump in at several positions, including offensive line, receiver, running back, defensive line, and in the secondary.

The one concern may be linebacker, and that is a good reason that Devante Averette out of Ellsworth (Iowa) Community College was recruited. He is likely an immediate contributor at that position.

Other junior college commitments like Tyreek Hill, as a combo slot receiver and backfield threat, and Jeremiah Ledbetter, at defensive tackle, were likely recruited to help with numbers in those key position groups.

Let's look at the junior starters on the depth chart, which this class should actively address. There are four in the offensive line and those numbers should be addressed in the previous class. At receiver, there is just one but the need for so many players at that position has to be addressed in each class, similar to offensive line.

Quarterback has a sophomore starter, but the numbers of scholarship quarterbacks is down due to Wes Lunt transferring over the summer. However, quarterback recruit Mason Rudolph addresses a skill need at the position.

Running backs is a need position based on talent and production in the current season. Devon Thomas and Hill should provide help.

The defensive line has two junior tackles and one junior end on the depth chart, and this class will greatly assist in helping at that position group. Linebackers are younger besides the departing seniors, but the incoming class of linebackers is expected to be a good one that could progress rapidly.

The secondary looks solid as well with this class set to augment a few juniors like Lyndell Johnson.

As for specialists, a deep snapper was recruited in the previous (2013) class, and a punter in this class (Zach Sinor) would address Kip Smith being a junior.

We will come back and take a look at what is left in the class numbers-wise and where most likely Oklahoma State would go to finish those numbers out.

OSU Verbal Commitments
Gyasi Akem, LB, 6-1, 220, 4.6, Broken Arrow, Okla.
Devante Averette, LB, 6-1, 230, 4.45, Melvindale, Mich./Ellsworth C.C., Iowa
Jordan Brailford, DE, 6-3, 220, 4.55, Tulsa (Washington), Okla.
Keenen Brown, WR, 6-3, 190, 4.5, Houston (Alief Taylor), Texas
Lemaefe Galea'i, OL, 6-5, 327, NA, Euless (Trinity), Texas
Chris Hardeman, CB, 5-9, 178, 4.45, Houston (Alief Taylor), Texas
Dylan Harding, DB, 6-2, 190, 4.45, Jenks, Okla.
Tyreek Hill, Ath./Returns, 5-9, 185, 4.4, Douglas (Coffee County), Ga./Garden City C.C., Kan.
Chris Lacy, WR, 6-3, 185, 4.55, DeSoto, Texas
Jeremiah Ledbetter, DT, 6-3, 272, NA, Hutchinson C.C., Kan./Gainesville, Ga.
Josh Mabin, LB, 6-2, 219, 4.5, Spring (Klein Oak), Texas
Matthew Mucha, OL, 6-6, 250, 4.92, Houston (Clear Lake), Texas
Juwan Offray, CB, 5-11, 170, 4.5, New Orleans (Karr), La.
Justin Phillips, OLB, 6-0, 200, 4.5, Pearland, Texas
Ramon Richards, CB/Ath., 6-1, 190, 4.5, San Antonio(Brackenridge), Texas
Trevion "Trey" Roberts, Ath./CB, 6-1 1/2, 190, 4.48, Houston (Eisenhower), Texas
Mason Rudolph, QB, 6-5, 210, 4.66, Rock Hill (Northwestern), S.C.
Zach Sinor, P, 6-0, 190, 4.8, Castroville (Medina Valley), Texas
Devon Thomas, RB, 5-11, 190, 4.5, Broken Arrow, Okla.
Cole Walterscheid, DE, 6-6, 210, 4.72, Muenster, Texas
James Washington, WR, 5-11, 193, 4.4, Stamford, Texas
Joyan Williams, DL, 6-2 1/2, 270, 4.8, New Orleans (Karr), La.

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