Recruiting: Heading Toward The Finish

The recruiting weekend had no visitors on Oklahoma State's campus, but it created a lot of activity that could best be described as one small step back and three large steps toward finishing the recruiting class. My dad always like to say, "I've got good news and bad news. Which do you want first?" I would always reply, "Bad news first." However, that doesn't apply to this past weekend. The good news is all more recent and deserves to be mentioned first.

Oklahoma State picked up three new commitments, all on anybody's finishing wish list and all at positions where Mike Gundy and his staff were looking for help.

Aldine, Texas, athlete Terrance Anderson may be the fastest recruiting prospect in Texas. He said he was going to commit on Christmas Day, but even Christmas came early for the speedy Anderson. The 6-0, 173-pounder can fly and doesn't deny a 4.3 and change in the 40. He's considered a strong prospect for cornerback and wide receiver and decided on OSU over OU. Anderson seemed to favor the Cowboys over the Sooners throughout the recruiting process. According to Anderson, who informed us of his commitment while watching Aldine play Aldine Eisenhower in basketball, he's excited to be heading to OSU and has talked to the OSU coaching staff about playing both defense and offense.

Earlier on Monday we learned that Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College running back Dantrell Savage, another speedster, committed to OSU. He gained 1,418 yards and scored 17 touchdowns, some running and some on the receiving end of passes, this past season at Gulf Coast. Savage said that OSU has told him he'll be an all-purpose back in the mold of Reggie Bush catching passes and making plays on the perimeter. That sounds good to OSU fans. Savage opted for OSU over Mississippi State, Iowa State and Troy, among others. He is 5-10, 190 pounds with 4.3-4.4 speed. He didn't say his exact speed just that it was in the range of the times that have been listed with him.

Columbus (Pacelli Catholic), Ga., defensive tackle Quencey Patrick told OSU on Sunday that he was changing his commitment from Tulane to the Cowboys. The 6-3, 275-pounder is a solid prospect who also had offers from the likes of Alabama and Clemson. He had 112 tackles and 13 sacks on the season and was his district's Defensive Player of the Year. Patrick gives OSU three defensive tackle commitments in one week with Texas standouts Rajon Henley of Galveston Ball and Jonathan Lewis, a year removed from Carrollton Newman Smith, pledging on Tuesday of last week.

Now for the bad news, which isn't all that bad. The Cowboys lost another commitment, although this one doesn't rival the notoriety of Michael Goodson. Irving (MacArthur), Texas, linebacker Jeff Bereuter committed to OSU very early. After Bereuter, his more highly regarded teammate Justin Gent verbally came on board. Many thought the two were a package deal. They stood out together all season on a 9-1 playoff qualifier, they visited together on the same weekend (Dec. 2), and they both talked of taking another visit - to Arizona State.

Bereuter visited ASU on Dec. 9 and this weekend announced he was decommitting from the Cowboys to join the Sun Devils. Gent visited ASU this past weekend and came home proclaiming his visit showed him what he wanted it to, that he had made the right choice and was finished with recruiting and ready to head to Stillwater.

So how could these two separate? Come to find out they really didn't plan on both being at the same college and separating may have been how it was meant to be. The Cowboys didn't want to lose Bereuter, but they are happy to have Gent. The commitment of Houston (Yates), Texas, jumbo athlete Orie Lemon really makes up for the loss of Bereuter, as Lemon will wind up as an outside linebacker.

Elsewhere, Longview tight end Adrian Reese committed to Texas Tech, Clearwater, Fla., wide receiver Riley Cooper picked Florida, and Gulf Coast C.C. wide receiver Tony Burks picked Mississippi State.

Now recruiting is in the dead period for the holidays with only a phone call each week allowed by the coaches until it opens up again on Jan. 2. The possible decision makers include Waco (Texas) University athlete Perrish Cox (OSU and LSU) and Copperas Cove defensive back Tim Atchison. It would appear the remainder of the players the Cowboys are recruiting would last until the recruiting opens up again. Those players are Muskogee lineman Derek Burton, Richardson Berkner defensive end Ugo Chinasa, Mesquite Horn running back Mon Williams, Memphis, Tenn. running back Graig Cooper, Putnam City North offensive lineman Myron McKinney, Fort Bend Bush offensive lineman Russell Okung, BYU transfer wide receiver Antwaun Harris, and Jenks offensive lineman Chase Beeler.

So the Cowboys sit at 22 strong and Christmas should be a happy time with those presents wrapped up in recruiting.

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