OSU Recruiting: Analyzing The Top Prospects

Sometimes people get sick of my opinions all the time, as I've been talking about the prospects that Oklahoma State has put together in the 2014 recruiting class for as much as a year and a half, certainly on many of them for the past six months or more. I thought you'd appreciate the opinion of Scout and Fox Sports Texas High School and Southwest Recruiting reporter Erin Hartigan.

Erin was on my radio show Tuesday and shared her ,thoughts. By the way you can catch Erin as the host on the Southwest Recruiting Signing Day Special on Fox Sports Southwest at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

On the unsung Class A Superstar in Stamford wide receiver, basketball, track, and even tennis standout James Washington:
"His performance in leading Stamford to back-to-back state championships and that he plays so many sports well speaks volumes to his raw speed and athleticism," said Hartigan. "You know we have him as a three-star, but I agree with you Robert, and I was actually talking to my producer about this, you have all the Baylor fans, and Texas fans, and Oklahoma State fans and they are on these boards about why the heck do we have this two-star or this three-star. Trust the coaches, trust Mike Gundy and that he knows what he is evaluating. He's not looking at the stars, and if he were he might have missed Washington. He knows Washington is a really good player. This kid does this well and that is why he is going to fit in our system. He is a diamond in the rough."

On Palestine's Jarrell Owens, who switched from TCU to Oklahoma State this past weekend. Hartigan saw him and was impressed early:
"I know he is just as physical as the last big-time player that came out of Palestine, and for those that don't know who I am referring to it is Adrian Peterson," Hartigan said in a hype it up tone. "Gosh, Jarrell is built a lot like (Peterson) was coming out of high school. He has all of that but all the speed like Adrian. He has a cat-like jump off the ball. The first time I saw him was at the TCU camp and he shows up with no offers, and I mean, you could not notice him. You find these kids and wonder how does no one know about you. He stood out in every way and TCU offered and he accepted, I think because he'd never had an offer before. I just remember he aced the eyeball test and his explosion off the ball was just like no other. This season we'd be reading the Palestine highlights and every other one was Jarrell Owens. He will be really good for OSU on the defensive line. We were texting and he text me and had a great quote on Mike Gundy. 'Gundy is the best at finding what you do best and yanking it out of you.'"

On Trey Carter, another hidden player from Dallas Pinkston:
"You get him in the weight room and the put a few protein shakes in him and he is going to be a defensive tackle," said Hartigan.

On speedster and junior college signee Tyreek Hill, who Hartigan was assigned to do a feature story on:
"I think he headlines this class. In talking to Chad Simmons and he kind of owns the state of Georgia when it comes to recruiting reporting and he had seen Tyreek a lot in high school," explained Hartigan. "His speed has been compared to Tavon Austin and it's kind of like dynamite comes in small packages, so don't let his size fool you. The kid is as explosive and as quick as they come. I think just looking at how low his center of gravity is, the lower your center of gravity is the better body control you have, the quicker your hips are, and the faster your start and stops are. That is Tyreek Hill in a nutshell."


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