National Signing Day - It's Here!

What has become a virtual holiday for the most hardcore of college football fans, National Letter of Intent Signing Day arrives Wednesday. How big is it? ESPNU devotes nearly a full day of programming to it. The mothership, ESPN, will give it an hour. Fox Sports will give the day its due. The Internet will be slow to navigate because of the record numbers that will be on recruiting networks.

Even newspapers who used to scoff at the coverage will go wall to wall with recruiting coverage on their web sites and in their Thursday editions.

More than ever before Oklahoma State will be getting mentioned in all the coverage for a number of reasons: 1) thanks to Boone Pickens and his generous contributions to bring to life the state-of-the-art facilities in the Cowboy football program; 2) thanks to head coach Mike Gundy hiring an aggressive staff of recruiters; and 3) thanks to the current players that have played the Cowboys back into a bowl and wins over powerhouse programs Nebraska and Alabama this season. Because of that Oklahoma State will have back-to-back top 25 recruiting classes for the first time in the program's history.

On the eve of signing day Scout has the OSU class of 2007 recruits ranked 18th in the nation and third in the Big 12 Conference. This year's class of Cowboys features needed help at defensive tackle, increased talent and numbers at wide receiver, increased numbers and talent in the secondary, and players to build for the future at every position across the board except quarterback.

The standouts in the class on the surface appears to be national top 10 players like Dallas (Lincoln), Texas defensive end Richetti Jones; Lufkin, Texas wide receiver and Parade All-American Dez Bryant; Texas Offensive Player of the Year William Cole of Cedar Hill, Texas, and All -mericans from in-state in Norman athlete Ryan Broyles and Bixby linebacker Jared Glover.

Besides the players above, junior college All -merican defensive tackle Tonga Tea of Snow Community College in Utah figures to have an instant impact as will standout Texas safety James Thomas of La Marque High School. Tea is already on campus and could be in the starting line-up shortly after spring practice gets underway on March 5.

There are three sleepers, or underrated players, that would figure to excite Cowboy fans in the future in Mustang, Okla. ,record-setting wide receiver Josh Cooper; Floresville, Texas offensive lineman Nick Martinez, and Pine Bluff (White Hall), Ark., athlete Adrian Moore. Cooper is often compared to overlooked Oklahoma prep receiver Wes Welker who went on to be a four-time All-Big 12 performer and now plays for the Miami Dolphins in the NFL. Martinez is a 6-4, 291-pound lineman that was a late selection to the U.S. Army All-American Game and proved himself in blocking some of the best high school defensive line talent in the nation. Moore was hidden after missing most of his sophomore season and all of his junior season only to come back and rush for more than 2,600 yards and 27 touchdowns as a senior.

The majority of the signing day activity for Oklahoma State will be over by 11 a.m. as all of the Cowboy commitments is scheduled to sign their letters of intent in the morning hours.

Surprises, all fans love them, but sometimes surprises can be bad. It appears that Oklahoma State will not have either a good or bad surprise on Wednesday. Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College All-American wide receiver Co-Eric Riley today told a site that he was sticking with the Bulldogs where he committed out of high school. Oklahoma State has actively recruited Riley, so there will be some anticipation leading up to his signing.

In the state of Oklahoma, SuperPrep All-American and the number one player in the Midlands Millwood's Gerald Jones has been committed to Tennessee. Jones will have LOIs from Tennessee, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, and maybe a few more schools, in front of him in the morning at Millwood. Our sources say he will sign the one from the Vols, but fans at both OSU and Texas Tech are holding out hope he signs their papers, even if by mistake. (You know that did happen once to a recruit in El Paso, Texas. It took two weeks to reverse and get him officially with the school of his choice.)

Oklahoma State fans need to be happy if all the Cowboys commitments sign the right letter Wednesday and put the Cowboys in the upper echelon on signing day for the second year in a row.

OSU Commitment List
List of Commitments (24)
# - Deron Fontenot signed last year and gray-shirted due to an injury. He will count on the 2006 recruiting class. Kenny Alexander graduated high school early. Tonga Tea is a midt-erm junior college transfer.

#Kenny Alexander, LB, 6-1, 210, 4.55, McKinney (North), Tex.
Hubert Anyiam, WR, 6-0, 170, 4.4, Garland (North Garland), Tex.
Jamie Blatnick, DE, 6-3, 250, 4.8, Celina, Tex.
Ryan Broyles, WR-CB, 6-0, 175, 4.45, Norman, Okla.
Dez Bryant, WR, 6-1, 195, 4.55, Lufkin, Tex.
William Cole, Ath., 5-11, 173, 4.5, Cedar Hill, Tex.
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.
Ahmad Jones, OL/DT, 6-3, 310, 5.27, Silsbee, Tex.
Richetti Jones, DE/LB, 6-4, 240, 4.6, Dallas (Lincoln), Tex
. Nick Martinez, OL/DL, 6-4, 291, 5.2, Floresville, Tex.
Adrian Moore, Ath./RB, 6-0, 205, 4.5, Pine Bluff (White Hall), Ark.
Quinton Prince, DT, 6-3 1/2, 296, 5.1, Oklahoma City (Heritage Hall), Okla.
Jacolby Reed, DB, 5-11, 175, 4.5, Jersey Village, Tex.
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
James Thomas, DB, 6-1, 185, 4.5, LaMarque, Tex.
Marc Yerry, DS, 6-3, 220, NA, Matthews (Weddington), NC
Wilson Youman, TE/DE, 6-5, 245, St. Martinville, La.

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