Recruiting: Gillespie Talks About OSU

Another commitment for Oklahoma State and another position that had a star beside it on the board is filled for Cowboy head coach Mike Gundy and his staff. This time it is defensive tackle and the premier prospect at that position in the state in Jenks High School All-State performer Tony Gillespie, who committed on Friday.

Gillespie earned All-State honors (first team as selected by the Oklahoman and honorable mention in the Tulsa World) in helping lead the Trojans to the Class 6A state championship this past season. He had a monster game in the title contest in helping to shut down the Enid offense. The Plainsmen offensive line simply couldn't handle Gillespie.

"I knew my team was counting on me to have a big game," said Gillespie. "Coach (Allan) Trimble had been telling me all week leading up to the game that I needed to play well. They (Enid) had Austin Box and he is capable of taking over a game, so I knew I had to put pressure on him every down."

Gillespie did too. He completely shut off the inside for Enid and the gold ball went to the Trojans. Now Gillespie had made a quick decision in recruiting and after one more season in a Jenks uniform Gillespie says he will switch the maroon for orange.

"I committed yesterday (Friday), between two and three," said Gillespie. "I wanted to get it over with and OSU feels like home. It is like going back to Jenks with all the coaches and players. I just feel there the same way I feel with my team at Jenks."

In this day and age of recruiting there are really three kinds of prospects -- those that want to commit early and are done, those that commit early but then keep looking, and those that simply keep looking and want to take their time and all of their visits. Gillespie said he is the type that is done looking

"I've seen it and it gets crazy," he said of the recruiting process. "I want to be done with it, feel good about where I am going, and just worry about playing football my senior year at Jenks."

Gillespie admitted that he had both Oklahoma State and Oklahoma as favorites growing up, and that the Sooners were probably the favorite in the household. But it is very impressive to him what is going on at Oklahoma State.

"It is a great campus," said Gillespie. "There you have all the new stuff that is going up and will be ready for my freshman year. It is really incredible everything that they're doing."

Last season the 6-1, 290-pounder had 83 tackles, eight sacks, and three fumble recoveries for the Trojans. Those represent big numbers for an inside technique defensive lineman.

He grew up playing basketball but now focuses all his phyical efforts on football and that effort has paid off. He has a 410-pound max on the bench press, 520 pounds on the squat, and a vertical jump of 27 inches. He also claims to have a best time of 4.85 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Now that may be partially the product of a quick finger on the stopwatch, but having seen him play several times in person, he does have a quick first step at the snap of the ball that allows him to make plays. Gillespie is a very good commitment for the Cowboys and he feels the same way about OSU being in his future.

"I'm sure," he said. "I needed to make sure about OSU, and my trip over there did that."

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