Recruiting: A Sand Springs Connection?

Offensive lineman Michael Bowie of Sand Springs, Okla., said Friday that he had changed his commitment from Texas Tech to Oklahoma State. The 6-foot-4 1/2, 320- pound Bowie will be a nice addition to the Cowboys but he may not be the only addition from Sand Springs in the near future. Sand Springs junior quarterback Johnny Deaton was spotted last Friday with his mother at OSU's bowl practice.

Bowie laughed when he was asked if he might be part of a developing Sand Springs pipeline.

"(Chuckle), yes, that is all he talks about," said Bowie of his younger teammate. "I can't get him to talk about anything except Oklahoma State. I know that he has been up there and he really likes it a lot."

Bowie knows Deaton well as he was a major blocker for his two-way threat performances on offense at Charles Page High School.

"You don't have to do much for him," said Bowie. "He is really talented. You get just a little bit of a block and he can make the most of it. He is a good quarterback and I know that I liked playing on the same team with him."

Who wouldn't? Deaton was the only junior finalist for the State Farm Mr. Football Oklahoma Large School Award. The junior has good measurables as he is 6-2 plus and weighs around 190 pounds with very good speed.

He finished the 2008 season with 232 carries for 1,665 yards rushing with 18 touchdowns and completed 129-of-260 passing (nearly 50 percent) for 1,818 yards with 11 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. That is 3,483 yards of total offense and 29 touchdowns!

Some of his best performances came against the best competition. Deaton had 150 yards rushing on 22 carries and threw for 252 yards against Jenks. He also ran for 218 yards against Bartlesville and 215 yards against playoff-bound Stillwater.

"He is really a good player, and I would love to play on the same team with him again," said Bowie, who cited the close proximity and the great improvement in the program as his reasons for switching his commitment to OSU.

One source close to the Deatons said that Johnny's mother said that they really like Oklahoma State and that Deaton will commit there soon. A bonus is that Deaton is a mid-term player that will graduate after the fall semester of his senior year.

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