Showing Against UT Will Help In Recruiting

STILLWATER – "No doubt about it," was the response of assistant director of football operations Dale Patterson when asked if the Cowboys strong competitive effort would help in recruiting. "There will be players we are recruiting that will see this game and see the highlights and understand what we've been saying to them is true," said head coach Mike Gundy. "We are not that far off and those players will realize that they can make a difference in this program."

Gundy added that the national spotlight the game received with Oklahoma State giving BCS leader Texas a scare will help in all phases of recruiting. It may also help add another television game for the Cowboys as one OSU athletic official confirmed that ABC is interested in the Texas Tech game on Nov. 12 in Stillwater.

What really had to help was the fact that Oklahoma State had its largest contingent of talented prospects in for either official visits or unofficial trips on Saturday. There were 34 prospects on hand that we identified. That number included two players committed to Oklahoma State taking their official visits in wide receiver and cornerback Al'Darius Thompson out of North Mesquite in Texas and standout defensive end Eric Norwood out of North Cobb High School in Georgia.

Other prospects that have given verbal commitments to the Cowboys that were there on unofficial visits included Texans like Irving MacArthur linebackers Jeff Bereuter and Justin Gent, South Grand Prairie safety Deron Fontenot, and Dallas Carter defensive end Adrian Hamilton. Stillwater offensive lineman Jacob Secrest also attended.

Off the Texas Top 100 list visiting were running back Jamaal Evans of Irving and defensive end Ugo Chinasa of Richardson Berkner. Both are players the Cowboys have shown heavy interest in.

Derek Burton Jr., a two-way lineman this season for Muskogee (Okla.) High School and one of the most wanted players from inside the state, attended the game with his dad, Derek Burton Sr. The elder Burton was an OSU offensive lineman from 1984-86 blocking for the likes of Thurman Thomas.

Other top prospects at the game included Broken Arrow cornerback Prince McKinney, Norman speedster wide receiver Ryan Broyles, South Grand Prairie cornerback Melvin Stephenson, Richardson Berkner defensive tackle Adrian Campbell and tight end Wesley Scouvthen, Putnam City North kicker Stephen Hodge, Ponca City running back Josh Johnson and defensive end Rashawn Parker, and Dallas Lincoln junior defensive end Richetti Jones.

Stay tuned for the reaction of those players to the game and the game day atmosphere at Boone Pickens Stadium.

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