Recruiting An Issue With Bedlam This Week

Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy will do his call-in radio show Monday night and then he'll go back to his office to meet with the Cowboys coaching staff to work on continuing to finalize the game plans on offense, defense and special teams for Saturday's Bedlam game with Oklahoma.

TCU head coach Gary Patterson, Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder, Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury, and now even Alabama head coach Nick Saban and their coaching staffs are all out on the road recruiting because as of Sunday they can go into prospect's homes and meet with their family. While at their schools they can engage in conversation.

The contact period opened on Sunday. Oklahoma State has 23 commitments in its 2014 class but the Cowboys coaches can't go out to meet with them and the other players they would like to secure because they are preparing for a game.

The Cowboys are in contention for the Big 12 title and control their own destiny. They will get lots of exposure in a national television broadcast on Saturday and since they are at home they will be able to host recruits at the game and even plan as many as four official visits on the weekend.

However, they are not out on the road getting in the player's homes.

"Winning helps recruiting but you get two weeks to recruit up until January 16 and one of those weeks is this week," Gundy said with some obvious irritation.

"Oklahoma State and Oklahoma, and I can't speak for Bob (Stoops), it's not the best for us to be sitting at home when most of the schools are, there's a few championship games going on, but for the most part they are out recruiting. So we lost fifty percent of our recruiting (before January 16) because of this game. That's the hand we've been dealt."

Based on conversations we've had with some recruits, it appears that a few Oklahoma State assistants may get out for some visits later in the week. And, as stated above, the Cowboys will bring in both official and unofficial visitors this weekend.

Stoops and some of his staff used Sunday as a recruiting day and they did get in some homes, including Stoops visiting Jenks safety and top Oklahoma prospect Steven Parker. Of course, Parker will be at Boone Pickens Stadium on Thursday for the Class 6A State Championship Game with rival Tulsa Union.

Parker and Jenks teammates Dylan Harding (an OSU commit) and Marquise Overton, a top junior prospect at defensive tackle, are all scheduled to be at the Bedlam game on Saturday.

That is the hand that's been dealt, so Gundy and his staff will work to make the most out of it.


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