"For sure, I've got so much respect for Oklahoma State, the University, the city of Stillwater, all the coaches, Boone Pickens because I met him on my recruiting trip to Oklahoma State," Mickens said after the Huskies practice on Tuesday at Chaparral High School in Scottsdale.
"You know I talked it over with my mom and I talked with a lot of other people and some thought it would be the right choice for me and some didn't. My mom wanted me at Washington. I had to go with my heart and it even took a video game loss (NCAA Football he played Washington versus OSU) to make the decision because recruiting was so hard and there was a lot going on."
The Cowboys had two Californians in that recruiting class as defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer said the other day he remembered going out there with head coach Mike Gundy for home visits with Mickens and Seth Jacobs, who is now the starting weak side linebacker for the Cowboys.
Jacobs was discovered when former Cowboys baseball star and current Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura recommended a quarterback at Jacobs' high school and the Cowboys fell in love with Jacobs. Mickens was the Offensive Player of the Game in the first ever Semper Fi All-American Game played in Phoenix on the day after OSU beat Stanford in the 2012 Fiesta Bowl. Cowboy quarterback commitment Wes Lunt played in that game with Mickens.
"I appreciate Coach Gundy because you know Oklahoma State don't recruit Los Angeles kids and kids from the West Coast, but him giving me the opportunity to go out there and check out their facilities and check out what they are all about, it was just an awesome opportunity," Mickens said.
"And I kind of hurt that I didn't go that way. Washington is a great place and I'm happy to be where I'm at right now."
Mickens caught 53 passes for 535 yards this season with three touchdowns. He also returned three punts this season. He is a fan favorite at Washington and just as some of the OSU coaches have followed his career, he has kept up with Oklahoma State.
We asked him how he felt about being matched up with the Cowboys in a bowl game? "That's very funny and I have some good friends on that team when you talk about Seth Jacobs, (and) Josh Stewart, even though he is no longer on the team," Mickens said. "There are a lot of good people on that team and it is going to be a good game. Maybe I can make a play or two that makes a difference and show them what they missed."
Or maybe Oklahoma State can put some points on the board with Mason Rudolph throwing to the receivers that did choose to play in the Cowboys offense.