Recruiting: How The Cowboys Need To Finish

Following the decommitment of Klein (Texas) Collins running back Michael Goodson, the Cowboys are sitting on 20 verbal commitments with hopefully more coming before Christmas. Now that the panic attacks and disappointment of Cowboy fans have receded it is time for us to take a look at how the Oklahoma State coaching staff might try to put the finishing touches on, as of right now, the strongest recruiting class in recent memory and possibly in school history.

There is no denying that Goodson is good, but you are better off with players that really want to be at Oklahoma State and Goodson obviously had doubts. The positive here is that the Cowboy coaches never gave up on recruiting running backs. Over the past two weeks they have added Antioch, Tenn., product Preston Brown and last weekend added Angleton, Texas, talent Keith Toston. There is a big three left that the Cowboys are pursuing and they would love to have anyone of the three, and could possibly take two. Mon Williams out of Mesquite (Horn), Texas, is a 6-3, 198-pounder who is a super talent. Dantrell Savage is a 5-11, 185-pound speedster out of Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C. who is perfect for the spread offense. Graig Cooper is a 5-11, 185-pounder who has run up huge numbers and caught the ball out of the backfield at Memphis (Melrose), Tenn. Add any one of the three to the other two and running back is handled.

The commitment of Butler County (Kan.) C.C. wide receiver and return specialist Anthony Parks gives the Cowboys four receiver commitments. DeMarcus Conner, Al'Darius Thompson and Artrell Woods all look like they have the play-making potential to help. Parks gets in midterm and will immediately boost the receiver corps. Tony Burks of Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C. and Corey Kizer of Coahoma C.C. are still in the mix and both talented enough that OSU would have a hard time turning them down. Riley Cooper out of Clearwater (Central Catholic), Fla., is still deciding between OSU, Florida and Tennessee. Cooper should decide soon, with Florida likely the favorite.

It's starting to look like this class may not include a tight end. The Cowboys are still after Longview, Texas, product Adrian Reese. The 6-6, 210-pounder would be a huge catch. Stay tuned because he is a keeper.

With just the two offensive line commitments in Alice, Texas, standout Trent Perkins and Stillwater hometown product Jacob Secrest, the Cowboys have work to do here. The first preference would have to be junior college prospects Shannon Boatman (6-7, 310) and Ryan Sefton (6-4, 290). Both are midterm guys and could get along with early enrollee Secrest to buoy the line in the spring. Myron McKinney comes in as the only official visitor this coming weekend (Dec. 16) and the Putnam City North product is a rare freshman with the body (6-4, 300) to jump in and help out as a true freshman. Fort Bend (Bush), Texas, product Russell Okung, who visited last weekend, and Jenks Chase Beeler (6-5, 275) are the other desired targets. Junior college prospect Brandon Walker out of Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College is also scheduled to visit on Jan. 6. Expect OSU to take at least two more offensive linemen to go with Perkins and Seacrest.

Defense is very simple -- the Cowboys need corners, defensive tackles and ends. The linebacker position was solidified with early commitments from four Texas players: Jeff Bereuter and Justin Gent out of Irving (MacArthur), Patrick Lavine of Jersey Village, and Donnell Wiliams of Houston (Madison). Adrian Hamilton (6-3, 215) out of Dallas Carter could find his way to linebacker, but he is an amazing pass rusher and overall defender. A play immediately guy in our eyes.

As for the corner there are three the Cowboys would love to add and that would finish up the position. Perrish Cox of Waco (University) and Terrance Anderson from Aldine are among the best prospects in all of Texas. They are major targets with Cox deciding between OSU and LSU, while Anderson making a Bedlam choice between the Cowboys and the Sooners. Copperas Cove's Tim Atchison measures 6-2, 205 and runs well enough and has the agility to be a stnadout cover corner and hit like a safety. Two of the three would be teriffic for the Cowboys.

The news tonight should be good for OSU as Jonathan Lewis, the grayshirt defensive lineman out of Carrollton (Texas) Newman Smith makes his final decision between OSU and Kansas. OSU seems to have the edge. Fort Bend (Texas) Austin defensive end Shane Jarka and North Cobb, Ga., defensive end Eric Norwood are both committed. Other possibilities here range from defensive ends Wesley Oglesby and Ugo Chinasa, to four defensive tackle prospects, which is the greater need, in Jeremy Gibbs of NEO A&M J.C., Derek Burton of Muskogee (Okla.), Rajon Henley of Galveston (Texas) Ball, and Quency Patrick out of Columbus, Ga. Three out of four would be insane, but two would not only be reasonable, but needed.

Really, there are eight positions left. Take one running back, two offensive linemen, three defensive linemen and two corners and the Cowboys should be happy.


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