Recruiting: Signing Eve Still Has Suspense?

Twas the night before signing day and all through the Athletic Center, the Oklahoma State football coaches were anticipating faxes from each special sender. So much for the poetry. This recruting class for Oklahoma State has been very rhythmic right up until this final week.

Recruiting fans always love surprises, good surprises, and Oklahoma State could have two. The most well known is All-American cornerback Perrish Cox of Waco (University High), Texas. A tremendous athlete, Cox was the subject of an aggressive recruiting battle between the Cowboys and their former coach Les Miles and LSU. Cox verbally committed to LSU earlier in January, but in the final two weeks seemed to open up toward OSU again.

"He told me that he hasn't decided yet and that he is praying about it," said University High School head coach Lee Roy Coleman. "We have four players that are signing and they are coming in early in the morning to sign and send their paperwork on before having a public and media ceremony at 3:30 p.m. I don't know what Perrish is going to do. It is down to LSU and OSU."

The other possible surprise could be a shocker that would definitely get the attention of recruiting experts and fans nationwide.

It would appear from reports out of Galveston that the Cowboys have lost Galveston (Ball), Texas, defensive tackle Rajon Henley to Texas Tech. The 6-4, 250-pounder apparently was distressing over going separate ways from high school teammate Dewayne Baziel, who had committed to Texas Tech. His high school coach is reporting that Henley has changed his commit to the Red Raiders to join Baziel. Henley does have papers from Oklahoma State, so it won't be final until Henley signs and sends his fax to Lubbock or Stillwater, but it doesn't look good.

The Cowboys did add two late commitments in the last week with a top-rated Texas defensive end in Ugo Chinasa of Richardson (Berkner), Texas, and wide receiver Anthony Jones out of Arlington (Seguin), Texas. Jones is a likely farm out to junior college, possibly Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C.

The Oklahoma State class is loaded with linebackers, wide receivers, defensive linemen and offensive linemen. It does have a flagship quarterback in Salt Lake City product Alex Cate and a top junior college running back in Dantrell Savage. Scott Broughton of Georgia Military College is a first team All-American cornerback who had 10 interceptions last season.

This class will add talent and depth on the line of scrimmage that Oklahoma State hasn't seen in a long time, and it is possibly that it could be the best overall, top to bottom, class in school history.

It should be over quick, as all recruits have reported they will sign early (before 9 a.m.) even if they have a later formal ceremony.

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