Recruiting Analysis: Closing 2008; 2009 Begin

It's almost over. The Oklahoma State coaching staff is heading in from the road for the final time Thursday and Friday in the 2008 recruiting season. Defensive coordinator Tim Beckman was back in his office making a rare appearance Thursday. He will be back on the road in state Friday to do some junior recruiting before the quiet and eventually the dead period begins leading up to signing day.

Joe DeForest fought the weather and airline cancellations and postponed flights to get back and make a final visit to Kye Staley at Guthrie High School on Thursday afternoon. Tight ends coach Doug Meacham, having dealt with some miserable travel conditions due to weather, drove home from Central Texas to make a last visit with Tuttle tight end Cooper Bassett. The other Cowboy coaches are also working their way home.

What is left to accomplish or find out about for the 2008 recruiting class?

There are eight players (seven junior college and one high school standout) already on campus going through off-season lifting and conditioning workouts. There are 18 other players that have given Oklahoma State verbal commitments and are expected to sign their letters of intent and scholarship agreements next Wednesday.

The really good thing is all seems to be quiet and secure with the Cowboy commitments with the exception of the late excitement and self-professed suspense of Staley, who visited Arkansas last weekend and has shown interest in the Razorbacks.

By number that leaves two vacancies for the Oklahoma State 2008 class. There are three players under consideration. Top-rated Arkansas prospect De'Anthony Curtis of Camden (Fairview); tight end Jamal Mosley of Memphis (Kingsbury), Tenn., and linebacker Steve Greer out of Solon, Ohio.

Curtis is scheduled to visit Texas Tech this weekend but likely won't. He is deciding between Arkansas (soft commit since the change in the coaching staff), OKlahoma State and Ole Miss. It will be tough for Curtis to decide anything other than Arkansas with local pressure. Choosing Ole Miss and Houston Nutt would create a major uproar. He might be able to get away with picking Oklahoma State. It will be interesting to see how it turns out.

Mosley really looks up to current Cowboy tight end Brandon Pettigrew and he had a great visit to Stillwater last weekend. This one will also come down to OSU or Ole Miss. The Cowboys throw the ball more and have the edge.

Oklahoma State needs a linebacker and Greer is the last egg in their basket. He likes Tim Beckman and Mike Gundy, and OSU had a solid edge over North Carolina, but this visit to Virginia that he gets home from tomorrow will be the final deciding point.

Odds on the final three:
Getting all three players: 2-1
Curtis: 3-1
Mosley: Even
Greer: 1-2

There are no official visitors scheduled this weekend but recruiting will continue. Oklahoma State will get a jump on the 2009 recruiting season with a Junior Day, the earliest scheduled in OSU history, on Saturday.

This event is primarily for in-state Oklahoma prospects and prospects in North Texas. The weather should clear up so as to not discourage any from attending. The Cowboys would like to see prospects such as David Oku and Daytawion Lowe of Carl Albert, Jeremy Smith of Tulsa Union, Brandon Webb of Owasso, Cody Hughes of Moore, and Michael Doctor of Tulsa Washington in attendance.

Out of North Texas welcomed sights would include Chris Frazier out of Dallas Skyline, Christian Mathews of Arlington Bowie, running back Kevin Brent of Dallas South Oak Cliff, North Mesquite offensive lineman Josh Aladenoye, defensive tackles Jackson Richards out of Southlake Carroll or Ryan Washington out of Mansfield Timberview.

The Junior Day will include tours of facilities, dorm aand partments, meetings with coaches and support staff, a lunch, and a conversation with head coach Mike Gundy. Although the 2008 recruiting class is not even finished, 2009 is already off and running.

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