Recruiting: Analyzing The Class of 2010

Here is a brief look and analysis of where the Oklahoma State Cowboys are in recruiting and what work has to be done before signing day.

Quarterback (Two and done)
Mike Gundy wanted to take two in this class to get the program up to four scholarship signal callers and balance them out by class. Johnny Deaton of Sand Springs came on board first and then Texarkana (Texas) standout Nathan Sorenson followed quickly.

The two are both good size, fast, athletic, by all accounts tough, and will fit nicely in the offense like current standout Zac Robinson. The best thing is both are eager to compete and they will push each other, along with Clint Chelf, to be better.

The other beauty of the situation is that like Robinson, and like situations currently in the Big 12 at Kansas and Texas A&M, both Deaton and Sorenson are gifted enough to help out at other positions, insuring that they play and provide a role for the offense, while keeping them in the mix at quarterback. It is like getting two or three players in one.

Running Back (Might take one)
There currently is not one on the commitment list but three players that have been offered and one that hasn't keep coming up with Oklahoma State. Joseph Randle out of Wichita (Southeast), Kan,. is one of the best in the nation and says he really likes the Cowboys. Any school would take Randle in a heartbeat even with a crowded situation at running back.

Madill's Darryl Fields has been offered and is in the mix and Clinton's talented Delans Griffin grew up an OSU fan. The Cowboys apparently want to see how his senior season starts, because they have never stopped recruiting the 5-11, 190-pound speedster.

Wide Receiver (Three or four is not a crowd)
With the performances in the offense of Adarius Bowman and Dez Bryant the Cowboys have learned what a star receiver does to this offense and how it helps every other player in it. Already committed in this class are jumbo receiver Montra Nelson, speedster Kevin Johnson, and speedy and physical Chris Dinkins.

All three could develop into that future star receiver, but the Cowboys have some other standouts on the line. Fort Worth (Dunbar), Texas product Darius White is the best in the nation and the Cowboys are on his list after a recent unofficial visit. At 6-5, 200 plus and with sub 4.5 speed and the stats to prove he knows how to use what God gave him, White is a player everybody wants.

Quantavious Leslie of Georgia and Chris Dunkley of Florida are others to follow in recruiting. You might also want to keep tabs on two more Texans, DeAndrew White of Galena Park North Shore and Darius Tubbs of Humble.

Offensive Line (Late start but now on a roll)
Fans started to worry despite our plea to just let Joe Wickline do his thing. Wickline is proving to be one of the very best offensive line coaches in college football. The reason is that he pays attention to detail in two critical areas, recruiting and coaching his offensive linemen.

Wickline knows the physical and mental attributes he wants at each offensive line position: center, guard and tackle. Now, as in all recruiting, nothing is full proof but Wickline's system has show the last several seasons at OSU that it works.

He saw several prospects commit to other schools but in the last several days he has picked up a future guard (Gerron Anthony) and a future tackle (Dan Koenig). Chances are he will get two or three other slots in the class depending on how the whole class develops.

Gundy confirms that this class will go heavy on defense if necessary. Of the names out there we know Denton Simek would appear to be at the top. The 6-6, 280-pounder plus out of Prague has been on the OSU campus several times. He is a young senior (turns 18 next April) and appears to have all the qualities that Wickline enjoys, tough, quick feet, great work ethic. There are other linemen on the list that have been offered, but with Wickline he is always looking and this is an area where a new name or two could emerge this fall.

Tight End (Don't need one)
The Cowboys depth chart at tight end numbers four and it is spread out some, young for sure. All of that could keep OSU from taking a tight end, but they have extended offers to a pair of candidates in Katy, Texas standout Zach Swanson and Frisco (Wakeland), Texas prospect Trent Smiley.

Defensive Tackle (Looking for at least three)
Many Cowboy fans have their mouths watering over Columbia, Mo., standout Chase Rome as the super athletic big man would look nice at defensive tackle, historically a hard spot to fill on any Division I depth chart, but Rome is a defensive end. Think future NFL prospect at that position.

Rome will help and has been in recruiting defensive tackles and while the Cowboys have missed so far, fairly close misses, they have a trio that would work nicely. Tulsa Washington's Calvin Barnett has been on the OSU campus multiple times and the 6-2, 300-plus pounder is one of the top prospects in the country. Reports are his mother really likes the OSU staff and that is a big plus.

Diamonte Wheeler of Arlington (Bowie), Texas, adds offers nearly every week and is one funny kid that also can strike a blow in the trenches and make a mess out of an offensive play. Tahlequah (Sequoyah), Okla., prospect Chris Littlehead is another with a bunch of offers and at 6-4, 300 pounds, with talent to play on both sides of the ball, is very popular but the Cowboys have a geographical advantage. Those three would work nicely.

Other options include several Georgia prospects which could be tough to land or junior college where Charles Deas out of Pearl River in Mississippi is one of the best at that level. Either way this position is critical.

Defensive End (Rome is great start)
Joe DeForest hit a home run in Chase Rome. The son of DeForest's former high school teammate in Florida and famous MMA trainer Wade Rome, Chase is one of the best in the nation coming out of Columbia, Mo. He had a ton of offers and made unofficial visits to places like South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.

Rome is 6-2 1/2, 280 pounds but runs a 4.7 in the forty. He is, in keeping with family tradition, a very intense and physical player. The Cowboys could add a player here or hold off. Joe Okafor, a 6-5, 246-pound standout from Bellaire, Texas, would be the perfect fit to make "book ends" with Rome.

Linebacker (Talented trio on board, looking for a "star")
The Cowboys filled up at linebacker in a hurry with three of the most talented players in Texas at the position. The first to come on board was tall and rangy Stephen Maeweather. Also a basketball player, Maeweather has size and speed and is just what you are looking for at an outside linebacker.

Caleb Lavey out of Class 3A powerhouse Celina is a four-year starter that earned All-State honors last season. He had a ton of tackles (200 last season) and a ton of offers. Lavey found Oklahoma State fit him. It helps that he won't have to give up wearing orange (also Celina's color). Lavey also came out of a foot surgery this summer in great condition after rehab.

Add Kris Catlin out of San Antonio to the mix out and it is a tremendous trio. Catlin is athletic but also very heady and tough. While he is more of an inside backer, he has the personality of an Andre Sexton-type leader.

Left to go is the pursuit of a "star" linebacker. That is the name for the hybrid position that is part safety and part linebacker. Two names standout there as the Cowboys are in on another Texan in Shaun Lewis out of Fort Bend Hightower and Georgia standout Synjyn Days. Both are highly recruited and if it were us, we would take them both. The Cowboys might, but are probably looking for one.

Lewis is one of the better defenders in Texas and showed well in the June half-day camp at OSU. Days is a two-way player that is also a quarterback and has a little brother in Jabari that will follow him to the same school. Synjyn is really talented and so is the bigger (6-3, 220) Jabari. Issac Dixon out of Florida is another prospect at the position.

Safety (Close to filled)
Rowlett's Deion Imade jumped at the scholarship offer early and just this past week the Cowboys added talented hard hitter Levocheya Cooper from Arp, Texas.

Imade was just in the Cowboys July half-day camp and Cooper is ultra-talented (seven interceptions and three returned for touchdowns), so the safety position looks good and there is one more spot to add. That could likely be Midwest City Carl Albert's Tre'Vante Porter. The 6-0, 185-pound Porter is a dynamo. Fort Bend Hightower standout Harvey Jackson and yet to be offered but highly considered Zach Craig of Smithson Valley are other possibilities.

Cornerback (Halfway home)
The Cowboys are always, like many other teams, load up at this position because finding one cornerback that can shut down a lane is great, finding two is a major ingredient to winning a national championship.

Two commitments for Oklahoma State thus far represent a major improvement in size at the position as Larry Stephens is 6-0 and Justin Gilbert is 6-1. The Cowboys have really wanted to get bigger at that position in order to match up with the type of receivers you now see in the spread offenses in the Big 12 and across college football.

We think OSU will look to add two more corners and the three most prominent names would be Eric Bennett of Tulsa Washington, Toney Hurd of Fort Bend Marshall in Texas, and Ciante Evans of Arlington Seguin in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Specialist (Maybe one, maybe not)
The grand plan was for Joe DeForest to take a specialist in this class. Originally that was a punter, then a kicker, or perhaps, another player that could be a candidate for both. Now, depending on several other positions the Cowboys could hold status quo and with all three specialists -- Dan Bailey, Quinn Sharp, and Marc Yerry (deep snapper) -- returning that would be okay. The Cowboys lost out on their top two candidates originally at specialist.

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