Very Little Suspense For Signing Day

National Signing Day is not like it was back in the crazy '70s, '80s, or even the '90s. It is now dominated by the hum of the fax machine and is generally over within a couple of hours of the 8 a.m. start time. Most high school coaches know the nerves of the college coaches are frayed a little by this time in the recruiting season, so they do their best to get the paperwork faxed early.

Okay, here's the juicy stuff, the rumor mill that is still turning. Tight end Jamal Mosley of Memphis (Kingsbury), Tenn., is not answering his phone so far on Tuesday night. Mosley had said he hoped to have his mind made up between Oklahoma State and Ole Miss, with Kentucky trying to stay alive as a third option, by Tuesday night.

Distance was in the favor of Ole Miss and made the Rebels the favorites, but Mosley was careful to note that the Rebels received a commitment from a fourth tight end on their commitment list on Monday. At last report Mosley still said he liked the Cowboys facilities, offense, and overall football program best.

There were also rumors coming out of Camden, Ark., that running back De'Anthony Curtis might be wavering some after it was learned that Arkansas gained the commitment from Destrehan, La., running back Jerico Nelson. Nelson had been committed to Purdue but switched to Arkansas. The Razorbacks were really working on a wide variety of prospects in desperation to pick up offensive talent late.

We checked and Curtis is solid on Arkansas and said he will sign in the morning with the Razorbacks. This is one that likely won't die or be over until the ink is on the paper and the paper is through the fax.

This much of the J.R. Bryant rumors is true. New OSU assistant Trooper Taylor led a small group of coaches up to Garden City, Kan., on Friday to make a last ditch effort to convince the All-American linebacker to change his mind from Oklahoma to Oklahoma State. Bryant's mother really liked Mike Gundy and did favor OSU over the Sooners but this is Bryant's decision. He will sign with Oklahoma.

As for defensive tackle Keni Kaufusi of Salt Lake City (Cottonwood), Utah, it appears Oklahoma State is well aware of him. They are usually aware of anything that happens at Cottonwood thanks to Alex Cate's father, who is an assistant coach there.

Kaufusi is a half-brother to standout junior offensive lineman John Martinez. Oklahoma State has already offered Martinez. As for Kaufusi, he is now on track to have a chance to qualify but has not qualified as of yet. After his visit and with the influence of CU assistant Brian Cabral, it appears that Colorado is in the lead for Kaufusi.

Oklahoma State right now sees more urgency in looking for a linebacker than pursuing a defensive tackle. The numbers after signing day could change that. However, I can assure you the pursuit of another linebacker in this class will continue as they will turn over rocks after signing day.

The signings by the players committed to the Cowboys will begin as early as 7 a.m. when safety/athlete Johnny Thomas of Texas City, Texas, and wide receiver Isaiah Anderson of Wichita Falls, Texas, are set to sign. Anderson will have a formal ceremony at school later in the day at 2 p.m.

Mansfield (Summit), Tex. kicker Quinn Sharp, the top high-school kicking prospect in the nation, will sign at 8 a.m., with standout safety Victor Johnson of Waco, Texas, following at 8:30 a.m. There is a big group at 9 a.m. that includes tight end Justin Horton of Henderson, Texas; linebacker Alfred DuPree of Dallas (Skyline), Texas; cornerback Brodrick Brown of Spring (Westfield), Texas; and running back Travis Miller of Marlin, Texas.

The new time for Guthrie, Okla., standout Kye Staley's announcement is 9:20 a.m. as Staley's ceremony will be carried live on Triple Play Sports Radio in Stillwater. Staley has said his mind is made up but he is promoting suspense between Oklahoma State and Arkansas. We continue to believe Staley will be a Cowboy as all of our source point to that.

Fellow Oklahomans in Ardmore (Plainview) wide receiver Justin Blackmon and Tuttle tight end Cooper Bassett also will sign at 9:30. Navarro Junior College All-American linebacker Donald Booker will sign at 10 a.m., and wide receiver Adrian Richards of Mesquite, Texas, is one of the later ones at 10:30 p.m.

Other than a few going through the motion for camera ceremonies it all should be over and the faxes all in the OSU football office by 11 a.m.

Of course, you can already count the eight players (seven junior college transfers and Wichita Falls Rider safety Markelle Martin) as signed. Some will have to sign paperwork on Wednesday, including Martin, but by enrolling and attending class they are locked in as Oklahoma State scholarship players.

Check out Wednesday's coverage as we will be as up to date as possible.

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