Recruiting: Sunday Important To Prospects

Around 3:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon a sizable number of prospects will begin warming up out on the Oklahoma State football practice field and in the next two hours their potential future as far as being a Cowboy could be determined. The reason is that the NCAA restricts the amount of time college coaches and prospects can be around each other and size up how badly they would like to hook up.

For head coaches like Oklahoma State head man Mike Gundy that was cut even more this year as the NCAA forbid head coaches from going on the road during the spring evaluation period. Gundy wants more rather than less time to decide on who he and his staff bring in to be the future of their program.

This Oklahoma State recruiting class will be a small one for the Cowboys. Thus, it makes the decision-making process even more crucial to success. Sunday will be a very important time for primarily Oklahoma prospects.

Take quarterback for instance. Norman North standout Tyler Tettleton missed all of his junior season because of an ACL knee injury. The 6-1, 195-pound Tettleton is stronger and faster than before the injury, according to his head coach Lance Manning. A run-pass quarterback that has become a better thrower each year, Tettleton has been clocked in the 40-yard dash at 4.47 and 4.49 seconds this spring.

His style of play falls in line with current quarterback Zac Robinson and would be a fit in this offense, but Gundy and co-offensive coordinator Gunter Brewer really need to evaluate him in person.

"I know that coaches want to see me do things," said Tettleton, who is the son of former OSU and major league catcher/first baseman Mickey Tettleton. "That is why I am going out to the camps this summer. I am eager to prove that I'm back and better."

Oklahoma State will likely take only one quarterback in the Class of 2009. It could likely be Tettleton, Mississippi product Clayton Moore (who has been in for an unofficial visit) or one of a couple of run-pass style quarterbacks in Texas.

Recent landmark offensive line commitment Brandon Webb will be attending Sunday mainly to support his head coach Bill Patterson and 6-5, 285-pound teammate Gavin Howard, who is another offensive lineman that OSU is considering.

Tettleton will have one of his blockers join him in Stillwater as Moore-to-Norman North transfer Cody Hughes (6-4, 305) is scheduled to attend. Hughes has said publicly that he would like to be a Cowboy.

Two other Norman North players expected to attend are running back Beau Blankenship and defensive tackle Nathan Badger.

Blankenship is a 5-8, 205-pound speedster who is incredibly tough and tough to tackle. I really like Badger, who at 6-2, 250 pounds appears to be too small, but I think he could grow into a solid three technique and he is also a very TOUGH player.

Also expected to attend Sunday is Jeremy Smith. The Tulsa Union running back that was the first commitment in OSU's class has talked about taking other visits but his work on recruiting Webb and Carl Albert defensive back Daytawion Lowe and Jenks corner Gabe Lynn has shown he is solid in the Cowboy camp.

Lowe has said he will be in attendance Sunday. It is unknown if Lynn will make the trip to Stillwater.

Oklahoma State has to be hoping that they also see some in-state prospects like Tulsa East Central defensive lineman Pearlie Graves and speedster corner David Gordon. Linebackers like Tulsa Washington's Michael Doctor, Lincoln Christian's Cody Wilson, and Edmond Memorial's Anthony Morales are expected to be there.

It will be interesting to see if tight end Gabe Ikard from Oklahoma City Bishop McGuinness, who is getting more and more offers, will make the trip to OSU. Ikard, Webb, Lowe, and others were in Stillwater last weekend to get their pictures taken for recruiting guru Tom Lemming.

There are a few out of staters expected Sunday. However more of the Texas kids will be at the Cowboys satellite camp in Ardmore later this month.

One interesting out of state prospect expected to be in attendance is defensive tackle DeAnthony Sims of Houston (Wesbury), Texas. The 6-3, 305-pounder is a legit defensive tackle prospect and currently is listed as a commitment to Texas Tech.

We will be in attendance watching and taking notes. Contact with prospects from the media while on the OSU campus is discouraged by the NCAA.

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