How Will The Recruiting Class Finish Out?

With the arrivals on Wednesday of Broken Arrow running back Devon Thomas and quarterback Mason Rudolph from South Carolina the 2014 recruiting class is getting an early jump on making an impact in the Oklahoma State program. By the first day of classes on Monday, junior college All-American linebacker Devante Averette of Ellsworth (Iowa) Community College is expected to move in.

In the next week or two, speedster Tyreek Hill out of Garden City (Kan.) C.C. is expected in Stillwater.

As the first arrivals in the class get introduced to teammates, fellow student and eventually the fans, just how will the Class of 2014 finish out?

The way I see it with three players counting back to the 2013 class and with a possible academic non-qualifier or two that might have to be placed in a junior college, the Cowboys coaching staff might have five more players to fill out and get to the 25 allowed initials signing on Feb. 5.

Further clouding the situation is the ebb and flow of commits and de-commits at Texas with the changing of the coaching staff in the wake of the hiring of Charlie Strong as the Longhorns head coach. The departure of defensive line coach Bo Davis to USC caused three defensive tackles to de-commit on Tuesday.

Oklahoma State had offered two of those players in Zaycoven Henderson (6-2, 315, Longview, Texas) and Trey Lealaimatafao (6-1, 290, San Antonio Warren, Texas). Henderson had also previously been committed to TCU.

Other Texas commits that OSU seems to have interest in either past or present, and possibly future, are Houston Lamar safety John Bonney, New Orleans St. Augustine cornerback Jermaine Roberts, and defensive end Sione Teuhema of Keller. I would also check the pulse of Abilene Cooper wide receiver Lorenzo Joe as the 6-2 1/2 and 195-pound Joe is a flat-out beast of a player.

Alex Anderson, a 6-4, 290-pound offensive lineman from New Orleans (Walker), or a similar offensive lineman would be the easy pick to add to the class as it's expected there will be another offensive lineman.

I expect another defensive back, and while Bonney and Jenks' Steven Parker would be top choices it could be someone else. Another linebacker is possible and the top choice is Kenny Young, 6-2, 225, River Ridge (John Curtis), La.

Could another Oklahoman jump in the Cowboys boat? I think so and I wouldn't count out someone like running back Michael Warren of Lawton or athlete Kai Callins of Guthrie. There could still be a lot of action even though with Oklahoma State there is very little room left in the class.


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