Recruiting: OSU Looks Familiar To Spano

Kody Spano and his Stephenville (Texas) High School teammates had a week off Friday night. So the standout quarterback made the trip to Stillwater to take in Oklahoma State's Big 12 Conference opener against Texas Tech. We visited with Spano on Sunday and asked him if he liked what he saw from the Cowboys.

"It was fun," said Spano, who directs the third-ranked Class 4A Yellow Jackets high-powered spread offense. "There were a lot of times (on Saturday) that the plays looked so familiar to me because we get so much of our offense from them. It's really cool."

The Stephenville coaches made a trip to Stillwater in the spring and picked the brains of Cowboy offensive coordinator Larry Fedora and other members of the coaching staff. Spano says that "I think we've got four or five of Oklahoma State's plays, and then we expanded off of those and added some of our own wrinkles. One of the zone reads that we put in is from Oklahoma State and nobody has been able to stop it."

It may be more Spano, than it is the plays being called. He has led Stephenville to victories over Waco Midway (41-7), Azle (54-14) and fifth-ranked Wichita Falls Rider (37-15) to open the season. Spano's stats are impressive: 37-of-51 passing (72.5 percent) for 380 yards for two touchdowns with two interceptions, and 181 rushing yards on 25 carries (7.24 per attempt) for two touchdowns.

"I'm really pleased with how the season is going," said Spano. "It's such a big difference from last year. Our offensive line has really stepped up and matured so much in the last year, and they are playing great."

In the win over Wichita Falls Rider two weeks ago, Spano rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns and threw the game-clinching 26-yard scoring pass with less than four minutes to play.

Spano liked what he saw when he was in Stillwater over the weekend. "We drove up Friday night since I didn't have a game, and we walked around campus some Saturday morning before we had to be at the Student Union," Spano said. "I had a chance to be in The Walk, and that was pretty cool. It was pretty awesome to see that big bunch of people.

"I was really impressed with the way the offense bonded and did what it had to do. The defense made the stops when they need to make stops, and the offense did what they needed to do to get the win," he continued. "After the game I went into the locker room and talked to one of my buddies (walk-on Rodrick Watson). I also talked to Coach Fedora and Coach Gundy."

Spano says he will make his official visit to Oklahoma State for the Oct. 20 weekend when the Cowboys play Kansas State. "I just got off the phone with Coach Fedora, and that's what we decided. That's really the only time I'll be able to get back up there," he said.

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