Recruiting: Cowboys, DeForest Weather Storm

Oklahoma State assistant head coach and ace recruiter Joe DeForest is weathering a storm in Houston this final week on the road in recruiting as schools are taking shots and tugging at Oklahoma State commitments. But DeForest, on the road constantly, is weathering the opposing advances.

DeForest was with Fort Bend (Bush), Texas, offensive lineman Russell Okung on Tuesday. Okung told that he is solid on the Cowboys, but several schools, primarily LSU and former OSU head coach Les Miles have their eyes on Okung.

DeForest also made the long trek Tuesday to Alice, Texas, to meet with rising star offensive lineman Trent Perkins. Perkins is moving up on just about every list out there and the 6-6, 285-pounder is looking like one of the top offensive line prospects in Texas. He too is getting hit on, but the Cowboys in his words, "were here before even the schools in Texas knew I existed. I am sticking with Oklahoma State and can't wait to get to Stillwater. I am very comfortable there," said Perkins.

We have an interview with another of DeForest's committed players in the Houston Wednesday when we talk with Jersey Village High School safety Patrick Lavine. Lavine, one of Oklahoma State's earliest commitments, is one of the top players in the entire Houston area and has also likely been hit on.

We know that Galveston (Ball), Texas, defensive tackle Rajon Henley took a break from helping his family out by staying with and caring for his grandmother by taking a weekend visit to TCU.

"I wanted to check it out," said Henley, who claimed he was just wanting to compare TCU with the school he committed to in Oklahoma State. "It was cool and I liked the players and coaches. I checked out the facilities and the school, and I'm still committed to Oklahoma State. No more visits. I'm looking forward to going to Oklahoma State."

It might have been hard for another school to sway Henley away from Oklahoma State because of his mother, Liz Kennedy. Remember it was Mrs. Kennedy who served up a home cooked chicken dinner to DeForest and her family on the night that Henley gave OSU his commitment. Mrs. Kennedy talked about how much she liked Oklahoma State on the visit when she accompanied her son.

"I just loved it there," said Mrs. Kennedy. "I really like the people and I am trusting Coach (Mike) Gundy, Coach (Vance) Bedford, and Coach (Joe) DeForest to watch over and take care of my son. I feel I can trust them."

The good thing for DeForest is that the road ends at the end of the week. All school's coaches report back to campus, and the recruits are left to themselves. You get the feeling that can't happen soon enough for Oklahoma State as the Cowboys are again set to bring in a talented class of recruits from the very rich Houston area.

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