Recruiting: Eargle Finishes Out 2009 Class

Oklahoma State's 2009 football recruiting class gained its final member at halftime of Saturday's basketball game with Texas at Gallagher-Iba Arena. While we cannot confirm it, multiple sources reported that Sackawanna College athlete Mike Eargle told head coach Mike Gundy that he intends to return to the Scranton, Pa., junior college after his official visit and sign a letter of intent with OSU.

We will not contact prospects while they are on their official visit, but once Eargle leaves Stillwater on Sunday we will attempt to contact him to confirm the reports.

Eargle has said earlier this week that if he liked OSU and Stillwater when he arrived for his visit, accompanied by his mother, that he would sign with the Cowboys. NCAA rules won't allow a recruit to sign while on a visit and they have to wait until they depart.

Eargle (6-0, 180, 4.5) is originally from Elizabeth, N.J., where he led Elizabeth High School to a state championship as a quarterback and cornerback.

He then went to Lackawanna, a powerhouse junior college in the Northeastern Junior College Conference. As a freshman he played cornerback but then this season just before the start of the year the team's starting quarterback was dismissed. Enter Eargle, who had the athletic ability and had some experience at quarterback. He led Lackawanna to a 7-3 regular season record and a berth in the North Star Bowl where they lost to Rochester 19-13.

This season he led the team in total offense and was the second leading rusher with 436 yards on 86 carries. He averaged 5.0yards a carry and scored 8 touchdowns. He completed 40 of 86 passes for 635 yards and 7 touchdowns. He also threw 9 interceptions.

He also was very impressive in the return game with seven punt returns for 102 yards and an average of 14.6 yards per return. On kickoffs he had seven returns for 210 yards and an average of 30 yards per return with one going all the way back for a touchdown. He also had a tackle as he made that after one of his passes was picked off.

Eargle is scheduled to receive his associate's degree from Lackawanna after the spring semester and would then be eligible to transfer to OSU for the summer. He said he wants to major in business management.

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