Tough Day On The Recruiting Front

That's the way this time of year is for college football coaches and that's the way it is year round in recruiting. As the song lyrics go, "Some days are diamonds and some days are coal." This one was coal for the Oklahoma State coaches.

After a momentum building week last week in picking up one of the top junior college defensive linemen in the country in Motekai Maile out of Tyler J.C. and Kenneth McGruder, a big safety - the kind defensive coaches absolutely go crazy about - the news today was disappointing.

It was not only disappointing for Oklahoma State but you can throw in Baylor, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas Tech, and various other conference rivals. Two of the highly sought after standouts at Dallas-area powerhouse Cedar Hill gave verbal commitments to Texas A&M. Wide receiver DaMarkus Lodge and linebacker Richard Moore both tweeted their commitments to the Aggies and used a picture taken with the two wearing A&M game jerseys in their numbers they wear at Cedar Hill.

While Oklahoma State had not offered a scholarship yet, Oklahoma City (Westmoore) wide receiver Dahu Green, one of my favorites in this senior class in Oklahoma, committed while on a trip out to see Louisville. He also had a picture on Twitter that showed he had got a hold of a Louisville game jersey. Jerseys are rapidly replacing caps as the clothing article of choice to announce a player's college preference.

Lodge picked A&M over one of the nation's largest collections of scholarship offers. Oklahoma State really was not in contention but it seemed that his influence could have helped A&M in getting Moore, who was recruited very hard by Oklahoma State. He had visited during the spring for the Orange Blitz weekend during spring football. He had showed a strong interest in the Cowboys and he had announced a final five earlier this spring with OSU and A&M joined by Baylor, Iowa, and Nebraska.

Moore (6-2, 205) had 182 tackles last season with a whopping 31 tackles for loss, eight sacks, and a fumble caused. Lodge (6-2, 190) had 72 receptions last season for 1,255 yards and 22 touchdowns.

Green was at Oklahoma State last Friday and participated in the final day of the three-day high school camp at OSU. He looked good in running a 4.6 forty, jumping really well, and showing off his ball skills in catching passes including some from OSU quarterback commitment and current Norman North quarterback John Kolar.

Green told us last Saturday that he was going on to Louisville, which had offered, for an unofficial visit. Green (6-4, 192) caught 39 passes for 693 yards and 10 touchdowns last season.

Our projection for the next most desired prospect at wide receiver and linebacker for Oklahoma State are:
WR - Tyron Johnson, WR, 6-2, 190, New Orleans (Warren Charter), La., or Ryan Newsome, WR, 5-9, 170, Aledo, Texas
LB - Za'Carrius Green, LB, 5-11, 190, Duncanville, Texas

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