With practice for the Cowboys in the open week concluding Wednesday, the Oklahoma State staff now hits the road for the next three days. Most of the coaching staff will be out on Thursday and Friday and then be back to spend Saturday with family.
Offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich is a good example as he will hit high schools and games on Thursday and Friday before heading back to Stillwater for a birthday party on Saturday for oldest son Jack. "We are going to have a magician there, so there will be a rabbit pulled out of a hat," joked Yurcich.
A rabbit out of a hat is also a great term for recruiting. Not sure if Yurcich is going as far south as Denton, Texas over the next two days, but a couple of weeks ago after Oklahoma State beat Texas you could say Yurcich and the Cowboys pulled a nice prize out in recruiting with the commitment of 2018 quarterback prospect Spencer Sanders of Denton Ryan High School. The chances would be good that someone from OSU will be in attendance when Sanders and his teammates take on Sherman.
Defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer said he will be in the DFW area and then head to Georgia. My guess is Spencer will take in a Thursday game with Brendan Vaughn, a very talented star linebacker prospect, and his Forney High teammates taking on West Mesquite in a really good match up.
In Georgia, that may be where Spencer is looking at younger players, but he could also help the offensive staff and touch base with a couple of 2018 commitments in quarterback Jelani Woods, who has already taken his official visit. Woods and his Cedar Grove teammates play on Friday against Pace Academy.
Fitzgerald, Ga., running back J.D. King has a game with Berrien on Friday night. Spencer is a Georgia native who knows the state well.
Of the other coaches we know for certain that running backs coach Marcus Arroyo is headed north to Canada. When asked after practice on Thursday, "where are you going?" Arroyo quickly responded, "I'm going to Canada." I told him he'd better take a coat. No doubt he will be seeing Chuba Hubbard, the speedy standout running back from Bev Facey Community School as they play Austin O'Brien on Friday night.
Guesses here are that Cowboy backs coach Jason McEndoo could be in Keller on Thursday night as Keller's Spencer Misko will be in a game with Keller Central. That would free McEndoo up to be in East Texas on Friday night and go by to see Gilmer, Texas defensive back LaMarcus Morton as they play Gladewater or see big offensive guard Dan Moore Jr. and Beaumont West Brook as they travel up to play Lufkin.
There are all kinds of possibilities, but I'm guessing wide receivers coach Kasey Dunn will get around to Arlington to see Bowie wide receiver Braydon Johnson as they play Arlington and/or see LC Greenwood as Lakeview Centennial plays Garland High School. Those two receiver commitments have been playing pretty well. Tylan Wallace and his Fort Worth South Hills Scorpions team are playing Fort Worth Western Hills on Friday too.
If any coach stays in Oklahoma, my bet might be defensive line coach Joe Bob Clements as I could see him at either Oologah at Wagoner on Friday featuring defensive end Brock Martin, who is tearing it up this season, and then defensive tackle commitment Brendon Evers of Bixby is back from injury and will be looking for more sacks at Ponca City.
Gundy mentioned some coaches may be out on Saturday, and that could be Clements again as I could run into him at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M in Miami where he would be watching defensive end Alton Robinson of the Norsemen against Coffeyville Community College.