Sunday Rewind: Gundy On The Road Recruiting

Oklahoma State head football coach Mike Gundy normally gets a chance to talk to the media on Sunday afternoons during the teleconference but the Cowboy head coach was already on the road recruiting the day after OSU ended the regular season with a loss to rival and now number two-ranked (BCS) Oklahoma.

"I've got home visits tonight," said associate head coach Joe DeForest, who filled in for Gundy on Sunday's teleconference. "Then I head out on the road and Mike is in a home visit as we speak.

"It's not like the regular season is over so we can relax. We are heading out on home visits and then for me I'm going to Houston and then on Tuesday to San Antonio and then later this week we'll start bowl preparation. This is the hardest time of year," DeForest continued.

Oddly enough it was Saturday night's game that may have served as a pointer for the Cowboys in recruiting although they had a pretty good indication going into this season of what they would need. The Cowboy defense had success in the first half getting some stops on the OU offense but in the second half they were worn down.

"We got worn down, no doubt about it," said DeForest. "We'd like to play 16 to 17 guys on defense and our depth is with young guys, three freshmen safeties, young linebackers and we don't want to put them against the number one team in the country but we had to and that develops them.

"We'll be a lot better next year, and that's a year we were pointing to with our quarterback situation (Zac Robinson being a senior). We played really hard, got exposed at times, and that tells us as coaches where we need to go recruit."

DeForest said he expects recruiting to go even better and says it is a natural progression that goes hand in hand with the success of Gundy's program.

"I really do think when we go on the road recruiting will go smoother," said the assistant who was Gundy'sfirst hire and is credited with the Cowboys' huge recruiting success in Houston.

"We beat Missouri and that was a huge win and catapulted us into the limelight. Then we lose to Tech and Texas on the road and then OU at home. We lost to numbers one, two, and three in the nation. I don't think anybody has ever played them in a schedule and won.

"We still won nine games, tied for most in school history. How many teams right now have nine wins? How many teams will finish this season with 10 wins? It is both where Coach Gundy had this program going and a natural progression," said DeForest.

DeForest said both the new football facilities in the west end zone and the added exposure on television with so many national telecasts, including prime time in three of the last four weeks of the regular season, will help tremendously with recruiting.

He credits new coaches on staff like defensive line coach Glenn Spencer with connections in Georgia and then cornerbacks coach Jason Jones with connections in Alabama in opening up new territories for OSU, expanding from the base of Oklahoma and Texas.

DeForest said that OSU will hit the junior college ranks a little harder for specific needs. This weekend was an example of that with the three official visitors being Copiah-Lincoln (Miss.) C.C. safety Andrew McGee, Fort Scott (Kan.) defensive tackle Horace Hubbard, and Fort Scott (Kan.) linebacker Jacquain Williams. DeForest in the recruiter on the two players from Fort Scott.

Now the work is on to finish a class that already has 10 commitments and as DeForest mentioned the continuation really kicked off Sunday less than 24 hours after the end of the regular season.

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