Recruiting: Juco Signing Day A Huge Success

It has been some time since a junior college signing day carried so much weight and importance with the Oklahoma State football program but today the Cowboys were looking for certain results. This program needed potential infusion on the defensive line and in the secondary. That help had been targeted throughout the fall during various evaluation days that the NCAA permits during the season.

As soon as the Oklahoma game ended the regular season on Nov. 24, that effort was taken to the road and brought in to Stillwater with the official visits weekends.

The end result was seven junior college players signed for Oklahoma State. Three of these players, or the three high school commitments that have enrolled for the spring semester, can count back toward the 2007 recruiting class. The rest will count in the 2008 class.

Among the players that signed, you should know them pretty well by now ,are defensive tackles Chris Donaldson (Coffeyville C.C.) and Swanson Miller (Butler C.C.). Along with defensive end Jeremiah Price of Jones County C.C. in Mississippi, the trio of veteran playmakers on the defensive line were badly needed for both depth and performance.

The other junior college additions are just as important with Fort Scott (Kans.) safety Lucien Antoine, Butler County running back Beau Johnson, and Butler cornerback Maurice Gray all being virtually the best at their position in the rugged Jayhawk Conference.

Add All-American offensive tackle Andrew MItchell from Snow (Utah) C.C., and this class is one of the strongest in years. If the seven players come in focused and ready to work hard, literally to take their game to another level, then Oklahoma State can be in a strong position battling for honors in the Big 12 next season.

Credit the entire staff and football support group with pulling off this unique, and hopefully very special class for Oklahoma State. People in the office like Betsy and Sandra helped pull together all the recruiting weekends.

Along with them, Football Coordinator of Operations Robert Matthews has done outstanding work in quarterbacking the search and the recruitment of junior college players from coast to coast. Matthews is rapidly developing the reputation of being the guy you give your toughest, most impossible project to and then watch him get it done in a big way. Matthews kind of redesigned the recruiting weekends some to better fit the older junior college guys.

Defensive coordindator Tim Beckman hit the road on evaluation days and found guys that would fit his defense and system, and as a result OSU has them ready for the spring. Joe Wickline (Jeremiah Price), Todd Bradford (Andrew Mitchell), and Joe DeForest (with the Butler trifecta) all did a great job of junior college recruiting. JC recruiting really is more difficult, and there's certainly more pressure.

It's quite possible the Cowboys have the best junior college recruiting class in the country.

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