Recruiting: First Junior Day A Success

There were no commitments reported but there really weren't any expected as the Cowboy recruiting class of 2008 has yet to totally put their names on the dotted line. That process will take place on Wednesday. Saturday was the first junior day for the 2009 class and Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy and his staff welcomed about 50 prospects, primarily juniors from across the state of Oklahoma.

There were a few Texans in attendance, but drawing junior prospects out of the North Texas area was made a little more difficult by an event Rivals was having for prospects in Dallas. OU was reportedly having a junior day on Saturday too, but Oklahoma State seemed to get the prospects in state they wanted to attend its event in Stillwater.

Among the Oklahoma prospects on hand were three of the four in-state players that have already been offered scholarships by the Cowboys. Those three are Tulsa Union running back Jeremy Smith, Midwest City Carl Albert safety Daytawion Lowe, and Owasso offensive lineman Brandon Webb.

Smith is a 6-0, 205-pound back that carried 256 times for 1,748 yards and 20 touchdowns in leading the Redskins to the 6A state championship game. Smith has said he is an Oklahoma State fan and he attended several Cowboy games this season.

"Oklahoma State is doing a good job and I thought it went well," said Smith. "The recruiting process is early and right now it is fun. I was impressed with all the facilities and the coaches. It was a great atmosphere and there were some great guys there like Brandon Webb, Beau Blankenship, and Tyler Tettleton. I just need to look at things really hard and find what I want (in a school)."

Webb is the son of former OU standout offensive lineman Terry Webb and passed on the event at OU on Saturday to be at Oklahoma State. The 6-4, 297-pound Webb has also been seen on unofficial visits at Oklahoma State games and it is known that the OSU staff decided to offer Webb a scholarship as early as last summer.

Lowe is a 6-0, 180-pound safety who was dominant this past season with 116 tackles, three interceptions and three sacks. In his career he already has made 240 tackles. Lowe has also been offered already by several other schools including Texas Tech and Louisville.

Among the other players on hand were a trio from Norman North including former OSU and major league baseball player Mickey Tettleton's son Tyler and running back Beau Blankenship. Tettleton missed last season due to a knee injury in a preseason scrimmage. A very talented multi-purpose quarterback, Tettleton is expected to be as good as new this next season. Blankenship rushed for a state leading 2,200 yards and 26 touchdowns this past season.

Those two will be joined by jumbo offensive lineman Cody Hughes at Norman North this season. Last season Hughes played at Moore and he is possibly one of the top offensive line prospects in state for the 2009 class along with Webb.

Oklahoma State has already scheduled another junior day with the hope of picking up more Texans on Feb. 23.

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