Recruiting: Bassett Switches From KSU To OSU

Tight end and defensive end Cooper Bassett of Tuttle, Okla., has dreamed of playing football at Oklahoma State since he was 8 years old. But this summer when Oklahoma State didn't offer after showing interest and Kansas State did, he made a verbal commitment to the Wildcats. Now that has changed.

"A few weeks ago Oklahoma State called and said they were looking to get a couple of more tight ends because they thought Brandon Pettigrew might go pro early," said Bassett.

"I went up there on an unofficial and talked to the coach (Mike Gundy) and did it quietly because I didn't want to crew anything up with Kansas State. I had been up there on junior day but I needed to see it again and make sure I liked it and I did.

"Since I was 8 years old I've dreamed of playing football at Oklahoma State, and being an hour and a half from home is a lot better than being five hours from home," he continued. "Being a fan of Oklahoma State makes a difference. I committed this weekend and there is no looking back. I am going to Oklahoma State."

Bassett, who is 6-5, 238 pounds and runs a 4.75 in th 40-yard dash, played both ways this season for Tuttle. The Tigers lost in the Class 3A semifinals Friday against Clinton. Bassett made several impressive plays on defense in the game and finished the season with 57 tackles and 10 sacks. Against Vinita in the second round of the playoffs he had eight total tackles and three sacks as well as some deflected passes. On offense, where he is more comfortable and projected to play, he had 16 receptions for 195 yards and four touchdowns.

"I give a lot of credit to Coach (Phillip) Koons and the coaching staff at Tuttle for where I am as a player and for getting colleges to look at me," said Bassett.

Before he committed to Kansas State in the summer he was being recruited by Kansas, Nebraska, LSU, Tulsa, and New Mexico State along with Oklahoma State.

"Oklahoma State is where I wanted to go and Coach Gundy and (Larry) Fedora and (Doug) Meacham, I really like them," he added.

Bassett said he handled his business with Kansas State by calling Coach Leonard, the tight ends coach, and telling him about the switch. "They were disappointed, but it is business and this is what was best for me." he said.

Bassett is a great pickup for Oklahoma State. He's a really good player that is a good student and wants to be at Oklahoma State. You want as many of those kind of players as you can get.

He said he and his family will go on an official visit to Oklahoma State this coming weekend.

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