Talented Walterscheid May Be Steal For OSU

Recruiting is the backbone of any football program. It's not easy finding hidden gems like Justin Blackmon, a 3-star recruit from Ardmore, Okla. (2008); Jacob Lacey, a 2-star recruit from Garland, Texas (2005), and Kendall Hunter, a 3-star from Tyler, Texas (2007). All three are now playing in the NFL after standout careers at Oklahoma State. Could Cole Walterscheid be OSU's next hidden gem?

Brady Carney may be biased as the head coach of the Muenster (Texas) High School Hornets, but he believes that Oklahoma State found another standout who others may have overlooked in the 6-6, 215-pound Cole Walterscheid. The standout for the Muenster Hornets had offers from Boise State, North Texas, SMU, Texas-San Antonio and Texas-El Paso when he committed to the Cowboys in June.

"At the time that (Oklahoma State) offered him was about the time everybody was jumping on the Cole bandwagon. He had an offer from Boise State, and Boise has been a really good program. Texas Tech was on the verge of offering him, and I think Baylor would have offered as well," said Carney.

"But there aren't too many people that want to take a chance on a 6-6, 210-pound kid. (Oklahoma State) is taking a chance on a kid that they think will grow, and he will grow and he will contribute, but some people just don't want to take that chance.

"But I'll tell you who he still receives letters from more than anybody is OU. I don't know if that's because (Oklahoma State) offered him and they're trying to steal him or what it is, but he still receives more information from those guys than just about anybody."

Carney does not believe head coach Mike Gundy or the Cowboys coaches have anything to worry about with Walterscheid switching his commitment.

"Oklahoma State is getting a special kid. He's 6-6, 215 (pounds) right now but he's going to be a 250-pound kid. He's such a hard-working, good kid. Oklahoma State is very fortunate to get him, and they were at the top of his list. He wanted to go there, and loves the school. Cole is so excited; he's already been to three games, I think, this year," said the Muenster head coach.

Muenster is No. 10 in the Associated Press rankings of the Texas Class 1A-Division II teams entering Friday night's game against Munday. The Hornets are 7-0 and going for their third undefeated regular season in the past four years. Since Walterscheid began playing for the varsity as a freshman, the Hornets have won 40 of 46 games.

"We're on the pace to finish the season undefeated. These guys have kind of set the expectations to win since they were freshmen," said Carney. "Defensively, we're playing very well and that's a tribute to Cole. He's a great football player."

Walterscheid, a strongside defensive end in Muenster's 4-3 defense, has some impressive defensive stats even though teams rarely try to run to his side of the field, said Carney.

"What we run into a lot of times is people run away from him a lot of the time. But even with people running away from him, he's still our second leading productivity guy as far as our defensive stats. Our weakside outside linebacker, where everybody runs, is our leading productivity guy.

"For being a highly recruited kid, he hasn't fallen off a bit (this season). He's working and playing harder than he ever has. If they run to his side, Cole makes the play. Most of the time they run away from him, but he is a force, especially playing that defensive end position. He is a force to be reckoned with."

In Muenster's 59-6 win over Whitewright in late September, Walterscheid put up the type of numbers that some players dream about compiling over the course of a 10-game season. He only played half of the game but scored twice (on a 26-yard fumble return and a 24-yard reception as a tight end), and defensively finished with three sacks, forced a fumble, returned the fumble for a TD and had four tackles for loss, said Carney.

Through seven games, he has four sacks, 14 quarterback pressures, three fumble recoveries (including the TD), four passes broken up, 10 tackles for loss, 32 total tackles and three blocked kicks.

"There's no doubt in my mind (he'll succeed at OSU), just because of who he is and his ability. I don't know how big he's going to get but (Oklahoma State is) fixing to get one of the hardest working, dedicated kids you've ever seen in the program.

"That's what's going to be what takes him over the top. That's what I've got here in this town, and that's the reason we've been so successful. I don't have a kid who can line up on a track and run a 10.8 (second) 100-meter dash, but what I've got is 35 kids in my whole program and all 35 of them are going to sell out every Friday night and every day during practice.

"Cole is one of those leaders who has excelled by working hard. You are getting, and excuse my language, one hell of a football player and one hell of a kid.

"I'll be making a lot of trips to Stillwater here in about two or three years."

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