Pair of Aces For Cowboys

Oklahoma State has done it again in Houston and this time Joe DeForest is marveling at his teammates. Over the past four years it was always DeForest who reeled in the top high school talent from the talent-rich Houston area. Cowboy assistant coaches Gunter Brewer and Curtis Luper were the tag team recruiters -- along with help from head coach Mike Gundy and DeForest -- that brought in nationally ranked running back recruit Michael Goodson.

"This staff is full of talented recruiters," DeForest said last week in anticipation of some good things breaking for the Cowboys. "Gunter Brewer, Curtis Luper, Todd Bradford ... all these guys can recruit with anybody. Mike has put together a staff of outstanding recruiters and they are going to bring a lot of talent to Stillwater."

Of course, the associate head coach is pretty good too. It was DeForest who brought in nationally ranked quarterback recruit Bobby Reid, and now Goodson is the highest-ranked recruit OSU has gained a commitment from since Reid pledged in August of 2003. It's not likely to slow down either as every member of the staff recruits constantly. During vacations assistant coaches were still sending out letters to recruits.

The momentum gained with Sunday night's commitments of Goodson and Houston Madison linebacker Donnell Williams should also go a long way in helping convince other celebrated prospects to think strongly about the Cowboys.

One of the main emphasis now is to continue to recruit those prospects, even those committed. There is no doubt schools will continue to take at bats in trying to change minds as signing day is still six and a half months away. The positive is this is a staff that looks like they will hang onto the ball and not fumble in recruiting.

Goodson is a tremendous prospect that is an all-around running back. He can run inside and out, he catches the ball well, and he has already earned All-State honors in Texas for his prowess on kickoff and punt returns. As a junior he had 1,001 yards rushing with more than 1,800 yards of total offense. He accounted for 26 touchdowns and averaged over 30 yards on kickoff returns. With his speed and ability to break big plays in space that is just what Larry Fedora's no-huddle, spread offense is looking for in a running back.

Williams is a defensive playmaker at linebacker that plays physical but is also fast enough to cover like a safety, and his three interceptions as a junior represents a big number in that area for a linebacker. The physical part comes in the 132 total tackles, over half of which were unassisted.

Both players seem very gung ho about the Cowboys and on their unofficial visit were impressed with the players, facilities and coaches. Just so you understand the impact of past recruiting, both players cited the large number of Houston area players on the team as a prime reason to play at Oklahoma State.

There are no guarantees, but when you gain commitments from players of this reputation in high school the chances for success increase dramatically. Just as when you bring in assistants with that kind of recruiting ability you're chances at players like Goodson and Williams increase dramatically.


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