Recruiting: Weekend Needs To Be Big Finish

Even though I gave away earlier this week that when it comes to math skills I can be deficient or delinquent or just plain lousy. It's time for me to dust off those skills again this weekend with the final major visit weekend of the football recruiting season. Trying to predict the finish relies a little on math and a little on match skills.

Before getting too deep into this Oklahoma State fans have to recognize that head coach Mike Gundy and his staff have put together this recruiting class, a strong class, after losing two major visit weekends to winter storms and a third weekend went on despite lousy weather. That is pretty incredible in itself.

Now after the commitments this week from North Garland wide receiver Hubert Anyiam and St. Martinville, La., tight end Wilson Youman, Oklahoma State stands at 18 members in the class. For a refresher the complete list is below.

(c) Hubert Anyiam, WR, 6-0, 170, 4.4, Garland (North Garland), Tex.

#Kenny Alexander, LB, 6-1, 210, 4.55, McKinney (North), Tex.

(c) Jamie Blatnick, DE, 6-3, 250, 4.8, Celina, Tex.

(c) Ryan Broyles, WR/CB, 6-0, 175, 4.45, Norman, Okla.

(c) Josh Cooper, WR, 6-1, 176, 4.5, Mustang, Okla.

Damian Davis, WR, 6-5, 190, 4.5, Mart, Tex.

#Deron Fontenot, LB/S, 5-11, 195, 4.5, Grand Prairie (South), Tex.

Grant Garner, OL, 6-3, 265, 5.0, Mesquite (North), Tex.

Jared Glover, LB, 6-4 1/2, 220, 4.6, Bixby, Okla.

Kendall Hunter, RB, 5-8, 182, 4.45, Tyler (John Tyler), Tex.

(c) Ahmad Jones, OL/DT, 6-3, 310, 5.27, Silsbee, Tex.

Richetti Jones, DE/LB, 6-4, 240, 4.6, Dallas (Lincoln), Tex.

(c) Nick Martinez, OL/DL, 6-4, 291, 5.2, Floresville, Tex.

(c) Quinton Prince, DT, 6-3 1/2, 296, 5.1, Oklahoma City (Heritage Hall), Okla.

Marcus Richardson, LB, 6-0, 215, 4.56, Seguin, Tex.

Jonathan Rush, OL, 6-4 1/2, 271, 5.2, Killeen, Tex.

#Tonga Tea, Jr., DT, 6-0, 313, 5.2, Snow C.C., Utah/Anchorage (East) Alaska

(c) Wilson Youman, TE/DE, 6-5, 245, St. Martinville, La.

You'll notice that we added a new symbol next to some of the players (c). That symbol recognizes players that could very easily wind up playing on either offense or defense. That is why we are nicknaming this class the "either or" class. There are eight players that fall into that category and there will be more before the class in complete.

As for the math portion of prediciting Gundy and Co. big recruiting finish, there are 18 commitments now and we expect the total to climb to 23 or 24 by signing day on Feb. 7. That means the Cowboys will add another five or six to the list by then. It becomes easy when you think that by our count there are seven official visitors this weekend and two of those are already committed in Celina, Texas, lineman Jamie Blatnick and Norman, Okla., All-American wide receiver and defensive back Ryan Broyles. The other five on the list all could be part of the big finish as they all fit in the match game portion of our prediction.

The Cowboys would love to add an offensive lineman and a defensive tackle. However, next recruiting year looks to be heavy on good offensive linemen and the Cowboys have enough for now. You never have enough defensive tackles, but there aren't enough quality players at that position to go around.

Here is our match game.

The Cowboys would like to get a running back to go with Kendall Hunter. Not only is relative unknown Adrian Moore a super talent, but he is a different runner than Hunter. Both are home-run threats and both have speed, but Hunter is more of an outside guy and Moore is a bruiser that is a very physical runner.

The Cowboys always like getting big time playmaking wide receivers. Lufkin, Texas, receiver Dez Bryant hasn't qualified but he is as big a playmaker as there is out there in this class. He is phyiscal and tough to tackle. He makes the tough catch and is excellent in postioning his body or posting up on a defensive back. Co-Eric Riley is the best junior college wide receiver out there and he brings some maturity to a receiver corps that has lost D'Juan Woods. Cowboy fans love anybody from Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C. as Dantrell Savage has them spoiled.

There is the need for true safeties before this class is finished. LaMarque's James Thomas, with 105 tackles and three interceptions as a senior, is one of the best in Texas and certainly the best left in Texas. Oklahoma State is in great position to land him this weekend. Pearland's Sam Proctor would be another nice get. He has been to OU this week and is at LSU this weekend. OSU hopes to survive the three school battle on Proctor. It helps in knowing that Joe DeForest is his recruiting coach.

Finally, back to the "either or" identity of this class, and why not finish with one of the best "either or" prospects in Texas in Cedar Hill's William Cole. Cole is also in for an official visit this weekend.

There is one way to look at the big finish. It may not turn out exactly that way, but expect that to be a pretty close prediction.

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