Gundy, Cowboys Attracting Attention

While standing in the back of the ballroom on Friday night at the Cox Convention Center listening to Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy on the final stop of the Cowboy Caravan, I was visiting all the while paying attention to Gundy and his stories. The head coach was letting fans know about a cute story how more people than ever recognize Gundy in public, and his sons have picked up on that.

The story had Mike's oldest son, Gavin, telling him that a couple in a restaurant knew who Gundy was, and Gavin realized this without ever seemingly gazing away from his dinner. Sure enough, they came over and they were Georgia fans. That led to Gundy encouraging Cowboy brethren to welcome the Bulldogs on Sept. 5 every bit as enthusiastically as Georgia welcomed the Cowboys "between the hedges" in Athens a couple of years ago.

Gundy also took questions from the audience and a few minutes in, a good looking young man dressed in an orange striped polo shirt took the microphone and asked Gundy what size he needed to be in order to be a linebacker prospect. Gundy was taken back a little. NCAA rules dictate his proper response.

Gundy asked the young man's age. Upon finding out he was above the ninth grade, considered by the NCAA to be a recruitable athlete, Gundy answered the question and then apologized to the young man that he couldn't have further discussion with him.

Lavarious Murphy, the young man who asked the question, is a good looking sophomore this season at Oklahoma City Southeast High School. The Spartan linebacker now weighs 195 pounds but would project to be easily big enough to play linebacker or be a prospect in a few years.

That is an (because of NCAA rules) awkward moment that might never have happened in the past at a Cowboy Caravan. But now with more than a thousand people in attendance for the event, and Oklahoma State football prospects soaring, there are more "Murphys" out there than ever before.

Gundy never mentioned a name to the crowd but did say recruiting is going better than ever, with 15 commitments on board. At that time little did the crowd know, but the most recent of those pledges had taken place just five hours earlier in the Cowboy football office when the youngest and most highly recruited of the Koenig brothers in Florida, Daniel told Gundy and offensive line coach Joe Wickline that he was spurning Nebraska, Miami, Boston College, Missouri, Tennessee, Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi, and a bunch of others to follow his brothers Doug and David to Stillwater.

Yes, unless another commitment comes in the next couple of days, and it's possible, the Cowboys will open up fall camp for the 2009 season with 15 commitments toward signing day for the class of 2010. That is a record, a number never reached before by the program.

The class is three-fifth's done. Of course, because of no early signing day, which Gundy lamented in another question at Friday's night's Caravan, the OSU staff still has to ride herd and protect their class of commitments from recruiting poachers. The best thing about it is, irregardless of stars and mostly the bozos that assign them, this is one of the most talented classes ever assembled by Oklahoma State recruiters.

It is certain, in a season so filled of promise and expectation, that the coaching staff can feel good about recruiting and not have that duty take away any more than normal from the task at hand of coaching the 2009 Cowboys to a great season.

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