Recruiting: First Visit Weekend In January

Classes don't begin until Monday and it hardly seems like everybody has been back from the Holiday Bowl for that long but there will be recruits on the Oklahoma State campus this weekend. Head coach Mike Gundy and his staff, down three departed members of the coaching staff, have come in off the road to entertain three official visitors and at least a couple of unofficial visitors this weekend.

There is a home basketball game with OSU hosting Texas A&M in the Big 12 men's opener on Saturday night.

Standing with 17 verbal commitments, the Cowboys are looking to add another five or six to the mix before signing day on Wednesday, Feb. 3.

They won't need to add one of this weekend's official visitors as Charlie Moore is already committed to the Cowboys. He decommitted from Louisiana-Monroe and changed to the Cowboys just before Christmas.

The product of Bullard, Texas is a 6-3, 200-pound athlete with 4.5 speed that will likely play safety after a productive high school career on both sides of the ball. Moore threw for 1,950 yards and 20 touchdowns, while rushing for 1,150 yards and 19 scores. On defense he had 75 tackles with 2 interceptions and 2 fumble recoveries.

Moore could be teaming in the future on the Cowboys defense with linebacker Jordan Barnes of Fort Wayne (Homestead), Ind. Barnes decommitted from Michigan in November and will visit the Cowboys this weekend and Purdue next weekend. His dad, Roosevelt Barnes, was a standout defensive end for the Boilermakers before playing in the NFL for four seasons.

Not only does Barnes have great bloodlines but he is 6-0, 225, with good speed. He had 75 tackles with 4 tackles for loss, a sack, and an interception this season to earn Class 5A All-State honors in Indiana.

Wide receiver Cobi Hamilton of Texarkansa (Texas High), Texas is the subject of some wild recruiting these days but this weekend he will be in Stillwater visiting OSU. He is a 6-4, 190-pounder that is also outstanding on the basketball court.

This season Hamilton hauled in 64 catches for 1,071 yards and 14 touchdowns. He was reported to have visited Kansas (12/12), Missouri (12/19), and now it is Oklahoma State. Surprise, surprise he may visit Auburn next week. Hamilton was at the Bedlam game earlier this season.

The NCAA has put in a new rule discouraging schools using official visits to entice walk-ons. The rule states that a player that makes an official visit but does not sign with that school yet walks on is not eligible that first season. I'd call that a lousy rule that discourages recruited walk-ons but OSU will still bring players in unofficially and give them as close as they can to the experience of a visit.

Unanimous All-State quarterback Turner Petersen out of Oklahoma City (Heritage Hall), Okla., is a do-everything type player that I think is really physical and at 6-2, 195 pounds with good speed will wind up as a linebacker. Not only did Petersen play quarterback and safety, but he punted and returned kicks and punts. He is a big-time athlete.

Oklahoma State is also looking for another deep snapper for next season to go with sophomore Marc Yerry and they will bring in Connor Sinko from Tulsa (Cascia Hall), Okla., for a look.

Here is a list of the official and unofficial visitors for this weekend:
*Cobi Hamilton, WR, 6-3, 198, 4.55, Texarkana (Texas), Texas - OSU (1/9), OU, Kansas, Baylor, Arkansas, Mississippi.

*Jordan Barnes, LB, 6-1, 220, 4.5, Fort Wayne (Homestead), Ind. - Decommitted from Michigan, OSU (1/9), Purdue (1/16), Alabama (1/24).

Turner Petersen, Ath., 6-1 1/2, 200, 4.6, Oklahoma City (Heritage Hall), Okla. - OSU (1/9) unofficial, Houston, Tulsa, Texas Tech, Rice, Navy.

*Charlie Moore, Ath., 6-3, 200, 4.5, Bullard, Texas - Verbally commits to OSU (1/9) after decommitting from ULM.

Connor Sinko, DS, 6-3, 240, NA, Tulsa (Cascia Hall), Okla. - OSU (1/19) unofficial.

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