Gundy Is On Move As Signing Day Approaches

Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy was at Lawton High School on Thursday looking a number of standout junior prospects in offensive lineman Jalin Barnett (6-4, 290), linebacker Blake Hunter, wide receiver/cornerback Darreyl Patterson, wide receiver Kalin Sanders, and 2014 walk-on for the Cowboys in defensive tackle Ivan Thomas.

The Cowboys head coach has been out every day this week, according to our tracking. He was at Jenks early in the week for a home visit with standout safety and Oklahoma High School Player of the Year Steven Parker. Parker had been scheduled to visit OSU over the weekend but a basketball tournament conflicted.

Gundy prefers to visit prospects after the on campus official visit. In this case, Oklahoma State followed up and took every at bat in trying to recruit Parker. Parker has visited OU and Texas A&M, and is scheduled to visit Auburn this weekend.

Gundy on Tuesday was in the Dallas area checking out a number of high schools and possibly Keller, Texas defensive end Sione Teuhema, who we have now confirmed through comments from another visiting recruit was in Stillwater over the weekend. Teuhema has said he is committed to Texas.

On Wednesday, Gundy was again in Louisiana following up with a home visit to an official visitor over the weekend in U.S. Army All-American linebacker Kenny Young of John Curtis High School in the New Orleans area community of River Ridge.

The Cowboys head coach caught Young in between his final two visits as he made an early week stop at LSU and will be at UCLA for his final visit this weekend. Young has been very vague in his talk about his recruitment and it is admittedly due to his announcement on ESPN on signing day. Some national sources are counting OSU out on Young but you might not want to be so quick there. Gundy and Glenn Spencer have been popular with Young and his family.

Friday appears to be another trek back to Louisiana as bad weather and school closings have forced changes in the schedule. Edna Karr teammates in defensive tackle Joyan Williams and cornerback Juwan Offray will get one final school visit from the Cowboys staff, and Gundy may be visiting New Orleans St. Augustine offensive tackle Joseph Paul. Paul was the other rumored official visitor last weekend that other recruits have now confirmed was in Stillwater. Paul is committed to Oklahoma.

As for the final weekend for official visits, we do not know of any at this point but honestly will be surprised if it stays that way. Gundy and his staff have been famous for bringing in visitors on the final weekend that aren't on the radar screen.

Our final guess for signing day is that Oklahoma State will sign 28 players. Five are already on campus (junior college signees Devante Averette and Tyreek Hill as well as early high school graduates Mason Rudolph, Jordan Franzier and Devon Thomas) and involved in offseason workouts with Rob Glass and his strength staff.

Three of those players can count back to last year's class. That leaves 25 signees on Wednesday and that includes counting two of the players already on campus.


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