Signing Day Arrives

Mike Gundy and the OSU coaching staff will know by Wednesday afternoon whether they've succeeded in filling the Cowboys' needs with this year's recruiting class. After months of speculation high school players from across the nation will sign letters of intent on National Signing Day.

(Editor's note: GoPokes.com will provide updates Wednesday on which players have sent their letters of intent to the Oklahoma State football offices on National Signing Day. Be sure to check GoPokes.com regularly throughout the day to see what surprises the Cowboy coaching staff has in store.)

To say that Mike Gundy's first month as head coach of the Oklahoma State Cowboys has been hectic would be an understatement. Gundy had to hire an entire staff (with the exception of associate head coach Joe DeForest) and then turn his efforts to putting the finishing touches on the Cowboys' recruiting class since being named head coach on Jan. 3.

It has been baptism by fire for Gundy and the new Cowboy coach staff. But with National Signing Day on Wednesday they will get a chance to sit back and admire their work over the last four weeks. Gundy and his staff will spend the day at the OSU football offices waiting and watching as high school players fax their letters of intent to the school.

Amazingly, the OSU staff lost only two players who had previously committed before the coaching change and picked up several impressive additions.

On Tuesday, the Cowboys picked up a commitment from Alex Odiari, a 6-foot-1, 225-pound linebacker prospect out of Hebron High School in Lewisville, Texas. In recent days Gundy and his staff also learned that offensive linemen Noah Franklin out of Vinita, Okla., and Marlon Winn, from Waxahachie, Texas, had decided to stick with their earlier commitments with Oklahoma State. Arkansas had begun pursuing Franklin after the coaching change, and Texas Tech made a move for Winn.

Quarterback Zac Robinson from Chatfield High in Littleton, Colo., and cornerback Calvin Mickens of Ozen High in Beaumont, Texas, gave the Cowboy coaching staff some good news this past weekend. Robinson switched his commitment from Kansas State to OSU, and Mickens changed to the Cowboys after earlier saying he would sign with Nebraska.

Other players expected to be members of Gundy's first recruiting class include Pearland (Texas) High cornerback Quinton Moore, Washington (Houston) High wide receiver Jeremy Broadway, Sulphur (Okla.) linebacker Eric Preast, Cypress Falls (Houston) safety Andre Sexton and Garber (Okla.) offensive lineman Brady Bond.

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