The dead period in recruiting ends tonight and it is back on the road for Oklahoma State's coaching staff. The Cowboys staff reconvened in the West End Zone this afternoon with a staff meeting and some coaches hit the road as soon as the meeting concluded.
The biggest concern is with offensive line as Oklahoma State lost two high school commitments in December as Dan Moore of Beaumont West Brook switched from OSU to Texas A&M and while the Cowboys were in San Antonio preparing to beat Colorado 38-8 in the Alamo Bowl, San Antonio Reagan pledge Derek Kerstetter switched to Texas, who had recently offered. That left the Cowboys with Garden City C.C. offensive tackle Arlington Hambright, who signed in December and will be enrolling this week and in school on Tuesday, the first day of classes following the Martin Luther King Holiday on Monday.
Oklahoma State has made quick work and while he was uncertain earlier this week it appears that Alief (Taylor), Texas prospect Eleasah Anderson is going to visit Oklahoma State either the big visit weekend on Jan. 20 or the final weekend of January. Baylor appears to be the school to beat.
The changes at Minnesota may very well help Oklahoma State as two-year starting center Tyler Moore has declared he will transfer. I spoke to him briefly and believe Oklahoma State is on the list of the Galena Park (North Shore) product. You can mark Jimmie Terry as an "orange hot" prospect. Terry has said he would be very interested in Oklahoma State after kind of being discouraged by the new Minnesota staff of head coach P.J. Fleck. Terry, who started out at Louisville, is a 6-4, 323-pound guard who stood out at Tyler J.C. this past season. He is a May graduate at TJC.
The brightest of the offensive line prospects for Oklahoma State is Caleb Chandler out of Jefferson, Ga. He has listed Louisville (visiting Jan. 13), Oklahoma State (visiting Jan. 20), and Florida (visiting Jan. 27) as his top three. The 6-5, 310-pound Chandler played both offensive line and defensive line for Jefferson and he is a really attractive prospect.
George Moore (6-7, 308) of College of San Meteo C.C. is another offensive line prospect who they are looking at.
The other need is for the Oklahoma State coaches to hit the road and see as many of the commitments and prospects before coming home for the weekend. Oklahoma State has no official visits for this weekend, by design. They have 16 or more coming in for the Jan. 20-21 weekend.
Expect the Cowboys to be looking for a safety, running back and those offensive linemen, with maybe one more defensive tackle to finish the class.