Recruiting: Gent To Take Some Visits?

Justin Gent, one of the two linebackers from Irving (Texas) MacArthur High School who have committed to Oklahoma State, said he is still committed to the Cowboys but may now take some recruiting visits. Gent and Irving MacArthur teammate Jeff Bereuter were among two of the first players to commit to the Cowboys this past summer.

"Right now I have no doubts, (Oklahoma State) is where I'm going to go," Gent said Sunday night. "But I think I am going to take some visits. I'm just going to take them because I don't want to look back one day and say I missed out on it. I was talking to a former teammate, Lashawn Vation (of Texas Tech), and he said the one thing he regretted is not taking any visits. I don't want to look back one day and say that I didn't get to experience the entire recruiting experience." Gent said he does not have any trips planned, and did not say what schools he plans to visit.

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound linebacker did say that Oklahoma State's struggles on the field in the last month had nothing to do with his decision to take some visits. "You can't judge them on one year," said Gent, who blocked a game-tying field goal attempt in Irving MacArthur's 3-0 victory over South Grand Prairie last Thursday night. "They've got new coaches, a new offense. One year is not going to make the program. You've got to give them a chance. I understand what they're going through. They've got to build it up."

Cowboy defensive coordinator Vance Bedford keeps in touch with Gent. "He isn't trying to sugarcoat it or anything," Gent said of when the two talk about OSU's season.

Gent, who head coach David Beaty says is the best linebacker to come out of Irving MacArthur since Brian Bosworth, sees that true freshmen Calvin Mickens, Jacob Lacey and Alex Odiari have gotten playing time despite playing Texas high school football just 12 months ago. "That's a real cool thing. To think you could have the opportunity to come in as a freshman and play against all the outstanding players in the Big 12," Gent said. "It's one of the things you have to think about."

Irving MacArthur, now 8-0, clinched a playoff berth with the victory last week. The Cardinals extended their regular-season winning streak to 21 games, but their last seven wins have all been decided by seven points or fewer, including the 3-0 win over South Grand Prairie last week and a 24-21 overtime win over Irving Nimitz the week before.

"Every game we've played this season the defense has been on the field at the end of the game, and been in a position where we had to stop the other team to win," said Gent, who had his best game of the season with 20 tackles in Irving MacArthur's 34-29 victory over Allen on Sept. 9.

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