Recruiting: A Quiet Weekend At OSU?

Boy, how unusual is this? It would appear that the Oklahoma State football offices will be quiet this weekend. No video games, no players, and no recruits talking it up with coaches. At this point it appears that the only new faces that head coach Mike Gundy will be welcoming this weekend will be the newest members of his coaching staff.

Just this week new running backs coach Robert Gillespie has been seen unpacking his belongings in the office that once housed the coach he replaces on staff, Curtis Luper. Gillespie seems very friendly and looks to be happy to be in Stillwater.

Also this week, new recruiting coordinator Johnny Barr reportedly started work. Actually Barr was part of last weekend's recruiting weekend as an observer that has been a part of and organized many recruiting weekends. Barr's experience at other schools could help OSU strengthen what has already proven to be a good plan in carrying out recruiting weekends.

Mack Butler, the new director of football operations, arrived midweek and is putting his touch back on an office he once occupied.

Finally, new defensive coordinator Bill Young made his return to his alma mater Thursday. Young is slated to get on the road early Friday and start help securing defensive talent for the Cowboys in the 2009 recruiting class.

That is where the recruiting effort seems to be finishing off the class. Last weekend's triple commitment weekend of Dexter Pratt (Navasota, Texas), cornerback DeMontre Hurst (Lancaster, Texas), and defensive lineman Ryan Robinson (Hoschton, Ga.) puts the Cowboys very close to a finishing number in the class. The staff also had to be happy about the solid verification of defensive tackle Anthony Rogers of North Little Rock, Ark.

How will the Cowboys finish the class? The most important aspect would appear to be adding some linebackers and it would appear that Indiana product Jordan Barnes and Georgia standout Joel Kight are the two hot prospects for the Cowboys. Barnes is trying to decide between OSU and Purdue. Kight likes OSU with Auburn making a big push.

There are no prospects scheduled this weekend as safety Quinn Giles committed to Louisiana Tech and a couple of other scheduled visitors were either pushed back or changed their plans.

However, there are some visitors scheduled for the final weekend and we still believe that Oklahoma State would like to get quarterback Tyrik Rollison of Sulphur Springs, Texas in for a visit even though his academic situation is in question in terms of whether he will qualify.

The final weekend could turn out to be very busy, or if the Cowboys get the answers they seek from some of their previous visitors especially on defense then the last weekend in January could be quiet too.

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