The NCAA rules allow a spring semester freshman to participate in bowl activities, including practice and team functions, provided they are cleared by the NCAA Clearing House and they have completed enrollment and been accepted by the university
The players expected to exercise the option for this are standout quarterback recruit Bobby Reid of Galena Park North Shore, Galena Park North Shore defensive back Stephen James, Galveston Ball linebacker Roderick Johnson, and, possibly, Tulsa Union defensive end Nathan Peterson.
This represents a big plus for the recruits along with Oklahoma State. Miles did say that the new players are subject to the NCAA acclimatization rules which force a new player into practicing in a non contact mode for several days. Because of those rules, and Oklahoma State wasn't considering it anyway, the players will be limited to non contact work during the bowl week practices. They will be able to stay at the team hotel, participate in team bowl functions, and be on the sidelines with the team during the game.
"It will give those players an idea of how we travel to a bowl at Oklahoma State," said Miles of the situation. "It will show them what it is like in meetings, practices, and the decorum that is expected out of the Cowboys."
The recruits are limited as to what they can receive along the lines of bowl gifts and expenses. Oklahoma State Associate Athletic Director for Compliance Rick Allen has researched the situation and discussed with other schools that have done this in the past so as to make sure OSU brings in the recruits for the trip by the letter of the NCAA rules and policies.
It is a major coups for the Cowboys and for the young athletes. We have confirmed with Reid and James that they will meet up with the team in Dallas. We were told by another source that Johnson will particpate, and we know that Peterson plans to be with his family at the Cotton Bowl and is eligible to participate.
Reid is an All American type quarterback that led his team to the 5A Division I State Championship in Texas with a 23-7 win over The Woodlands. Reid is considered one of the top 10 high school quarterback prospects in the nation and is the Houston Touchdown Club Offensive Player of the Year. James will also instumental in Galena Park North Shore's unbeaten championship season. Johnson is a Top 100 Texas prospect, and Peterson is considered the top prospect in the state of Oklahoma.
Reid, James, Johnson, maybe Peterson to Join OSU
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