WOW! Twelve Commitments Before Practice Starts

I said that I thought Oklahoma State would have 10 commitments by the time practice started -- Aug. 3 -- but I underestimated Mike Gundy and his staff. This staff is gangbusters when it comes to recruiting and they have proved it again -- now adding Bryan, Texas, athlete and wide receiver Artrell Woods, a player right under the nose of Texas A&M, to the cast of commitments.

Woods is an all-around athlete who will be pointed to wide receiver at Oklahoma State. But he is capable of playing several places as evidenced by his 1,400 yards of total offense last season at Bryan. That breaks down to more than 600 yards rushing the ball from the running back position, 400-plus yards receiving and more than 300 yards on returns, including an 86-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

"The coaches at Oklahoma State have told me they want me to play wide receiver, but I'm OK with where they want me to line up as long as I get to make plays," said Woods. "I was really impressed by my visit to OSU, the coaches, the players, and the facilities. Coach (Mike) Gundy, coach (Doug) Meacham, they are all about getting after it and winning games. The offense is going to be wide open and that will be good for me, lots of opportunities for lots of players."

Woods was offered by a number of schools including hometown Texas A&M, Oklahoma, and Arkansas -- which has had success in recruiting Bryan High School in the past -- and, of course, Oklahoma State.

The Cowboys have accomplished a lot during the course of recruiting this summer. They have added a big-time prospect at running back in Michael Goodson; two strong high school wide receiver prospects to go along with the two major college transfers and will help build a strong wide receiver corps to support the spread offense in the future; five potential linebackers that will solidify that position for the future after they lose four seniors following this season; and two big offensive linemen that fit what they are looking for in the future in that area.

It still leaves plenty of work to do, but the Cowboys are further along in the recruiting process than they have ever been at this point. They not only have quantity but the quality (you never know until they arrive and start playing in the program) appears very high based on high school performance and the number of schools that showed interest or offered the players OSU has committed.

This season has yet to play out, but in the crucial recruiting area, new head coach Mike Gundy and his staff outperformed any staff in Oklahoma State history at this early juncture.

Artell Woods, a 6-foot-1, 185-pounder with 4.45 speed, is a tremendous weapon on the offensive side of the ball as he can hurt you as a running back, wide receiver or in the kicking game.

Woods played both running back and wide receiver a year ago rushing for 600 yards, while also recording another 400 yards in receiving. Woods also returns kicks and punts, returning one kickoff return 86 yards for a touchdown.

"I think I will play receiver in college, but it doesn't really matter because I will play wherever they put me," said Woods. "I kind of want to play receiver, but I know that some colleges are recruiting me as a running back. If that is where they want to play me, then that is where I will play."

Woods, who benches 225 pounds, squats 385 and has posted a 35-inch vertical jump, attended the Texas A&M camp a year ago and he recently went to the Nike camp in Ft. Worth.
,br> "I thought I did well in the drills," said Woods. "In the one-on-one drills, I was playing receiver and I have never competed that way before. I really don't think I did all that well, but I will get better the more I play it (wide receiver)."

Woods has qualified.

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