Cowboy Football: Spring Practice Notes

The Oklahoma State coaching staff welcomed Friday more than 150 high school coaches from Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and Kansas for an all day coaches clinic sponsored in part by the Black Coaches and Administrators and the U.S. Army. During the evening session after practice it was primarily the OSU staff conducting seminars.

Earlier in the day the presenters included head coach John Outlaw of Lufkin (Texas) High School on Head Coach 101 and Midwest City Carl Albert head coach Gary Rose on Building a Program and an Offense.

Tulsa Washington head coach Antwain Jimmerson lectured on Defense with Back Coverage and Zone Blitz Package in the afternoon, while head coach Claude Mathis of DeSoto (Texas) High School instructed on Installing the Spread Option No Huddle Offense.

The clinic seemed to be a huge success. "We had a great clinic and it was good for them to see the players perform well," said Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy.

For Oklahoma State the coaches from six states and more than 100 different high schools represented record numbers for their clinic and outdrew the University of Arkansas coaches clinic which has always had big numbers.

"I think because we won nine games, because we have a new facility, because we had a great lineup of speakers, but when you sit back and think about it when you win more games you are going to attract more coaches," Gundy said.

"When you win more games you are going to attract more prospects. I think that is probably what it comes down to. I do know we have good teachers on our coaching staff and they (high school coaches) are excited about coming to hear what they have to offer."

Rome and Other Visitors
Recent commitment for the 2010 recruiting class and stand out defensive line prospect Chase Rome was at Friday's practice with his parents and little brother. The 6-3, 285-pound Rome has said he plans on recruiting others to join the class and following his promise he had Columbia (Rock Bridge), Mo. teammate and highly regarded linebacker Trey Millard in Stillwater with him.

Rock Bridge head coach A.J. Ofodile was also there for the clinic. Ofodile has called Rome and Millard two of the best athletes he has ever coached. The Rock Bridge party was planning dinner at Eskimo Joe's after the practice.

Soon-to-be Cowboy freshman and All-State performer Daytawion Lowe of Midwest City (Carl Albert) was there. Lowe was watching practice and relaxing before a track meet Saturday for the Titans at Bishop McGuinness.

Lowe said more than a few people had mentioned he should continue recruiting his high school teammate and highly regarded defensive back prospect for 2010 Tre'Vante Porter to follow him to OSU.

Pettigrew and the Pros
Oklahoma State tight end and prospective NFL first-round draft pick Brandon Pettigrew held his final workout for the NFL scouts on Friday morning around 11 a.m.

The workout was RSVP only and the Carolina Panthers, New York Jets, Cleveland Browns, and Buffalo Bills were the four teams that sent scouts/coaches. Pettigrew did agility drills and ran pass routes but did not run another 40-yard dash.

"My hamstring tightened up a little and I didn't want to risk running," said Pettigrew. "I'll let my times (4.8) at the (NFL) Combine stand."

Pettigrew said he is okay and is not worried about the draft. "What's going to happen is what is going to happen," he said. "I'm really chilling with it."

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