Cowboy Football: Spring Practice Notebook

Notes and quotes from Friday's spring workout, the first in full pads for the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

Gundy and Boys See Bedlam Big 12 Hoops Win
Mike Gundy took advantage of the day off Thursday from spring football to gather up his boys and head to the Ford Center. The Gundy men watched the Cowboys knock off Oklahoma in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Basketball Tournament.

"It was a great game and we were excited for the basketball team and Coach (Travis) Ford. I'm excited about the game tonight and I won't be there but I have some family that will be. We have some recruiting to take care of tonight," Gundy said.

"It is going to be another good game. I think our team is playing as good as any team in the league right now. I don't know basketball but I know they are playing good against solid teams."

Gundy didn't specify which family members would be at the Ford Center for the game on Friday night with Missouri.

Lots of Recruits There and It's Serious
There's good reason why Gundy skipped basketball and spent time recruiting Friday evening as one of the top linebacker prospects in Texas was at practice on Friday with his father. San Antonio Madison High School linebacker Kris Catlin (6-1, 205, 4.6) is really a good looking athlete.

Catlin seemed to pay close attention at practice and then toward the end of the practice he joined a group of recruits with his father to tour the West End Zone facility in Boone Pickens Stadium.

Also at the practice was one of the top offensive line prospects in Oklahoma in Owasso's Trent Surgeon, who was there with his mother and father. Spurgeon is a legit 6-6 and appears to be around 270 pounds. He has already been offered by OSU, among others.

Jenks linebacker Steven Sadler was also at the practice along with his father and was also touring the facilities late in the practice.

Seven, Count Them Seven, from A. Maceo Smith H.S. in Dallas
A. Maceo Smith High School head coach Barnett also was at Friday's practice with seven of his players, and you could head that list with his son.

Chris Barnett is a sophomore tight end that also plays basketball and on the way up to Stillwater they stopped in Norman at OU, where he was reportedly offered a scholarship by Bob Stoops.

Barnett is a great looking prospect. Jatashun Beachum is a 6-0, 280-pound quarterback/running back that is being recruited as a defensive linemen. Yes, you read that right, Beachum is a 280-pound quarterback and running back. He is a junior.

Others on hand with Coach Barnett included junior linebacker Kenneth Stafford, junior running back Deoni Washington, and junior wide receiver Brandon Jackson. Two other talented sophomores in the group are defensive tackle Keithan English and linebacker Anthony Wallace.

Lemon and Mosley Missing the Action
Linebacker Orie Lemon missed the practice with a stomach virus as he was vomiting throughout the day. Tight end Jamal Mosley reportedly left early from spring break because of a death in the family.

NEO A&M and Langston Coaching Staffs Visiting
There were two visiting coaching staffs at the practice and both were from in-state. Several coaches from Langston were there. Oklahoma State assistant director of football operations Dale Patterson was entertaining the staff from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Junior College.

Pattterson, the former head coach at NEO, is very proud that one of his former assistants Don Bigby was recently named the new head coach. Bigby has selected former OSU All-Big Eight defensive tackle Stacy Satterwhite to coach his defensive line. Satterwhite seemed really excited to be in Stillwater viewing the Cowboys practice and enthusiastically greeted head coach Mike Gundy after the practice.

Defensive Line Depth?
It's early but here is the way the defensive line lined up Friday. The first group had Jeremiah Price at defensive end, Derek Burton at defensive tackle, Swanson Miller at the nose tackle, and Ugo Chinasa at defensive end.

The second group had Darius Hart and Richetti Jones at defensive end, Chris Donaldson at defensive tackle, Shane Jarka at nose tackle, and Jamie Blatnick at defensive end.

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