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Remember these names, Tracy Moore, Michael Harrison, Jeremy Smith, Daytawion Lowe, Dexter Pratt, Leron Furr, and Jordan Barnes because they are all in contention to play this season as true freshmen.

"It's a good freshmen class," said Gundy. "There is a lot of character in this class. I thought we'd play maybe one or two, but that is up to six now because there are a number of guys that have stayed healthy and competed well. If they are in the mix then we'll play them. It just depends on how they hold up through these next six or seven practices through next week."

Fullback David Paulsen out of Georgia will play for sure because there is a need, but co-offensive coordinator Gunter Brewer seems to think some of the freshmen have surprised their way into avoiding redshirts.

"Somebody is going to come out like a darkhorse and impress you," said Brewer of the younger players. "It has always been that way every camp. It does make it harder to make decisions on who will redshirt."

Special teams coordinator Joe DeForest is a popular man as coaches on both sides of the ball are pushing for their players to make the special teams depth chart.

"There are some freshmen that want to play as true freshmen and they are not concerned with reps by position," explained Gundy. "They are okay with 50 reps as long as they get another 50 reps on special teams."

Gundy can't commnet on it but in the past week the Cowboys have picked up a flurry of commitments including highly regarded national linebacker prospect Shaun Lewis out of Fort Bend (Hightower), Texas. They also had a commitment from top Texas defensive tackle Diamonte Wheeler out of Arlington (Bowie) on Monday.

Then on Wednesday a big double dip with Derby, Kansas cornerback Devin Hedgepeth and Tulsa Washington standout defensive tackle Calvin Barnett. Bill Haisten of the Tulsa World asked Gundy if he thought the Sports Illustrated cover was sealing some of these recruiting pledges.

"It's hard to say, you never know how much you get out of a Sports Illustrated cover," said Gundy. "It is interesting that I get text messages from friends all across the country, some involved in football and some not and they say every time they turn the TV on something about Oklahoma State is on ESPN or something about Oklahoma State is on Fox Sports.

"Now I don't see that because I don't ever turn the TV on. I'm guessing that is making a difference, that's my guess."

The Cowboys are in unchartered territory when it comes to recruiting at this stage of the calendar. They now have 19 commitments, never has OSU had this many before kicking off a football season. If it isn't Sports Illustrated or other publicity then maybe it is something more tangible like the new facilities and the lifestyle of an OSU football player.

"We think that the everyday activity of a player and being able to take care of them is the most important thing you can do in recruiting," said Gundy. "Treat them like your own son and give them everything they need to be successful in the classroom and on the field.

"With the new facility and everything else we've had tied into it, I would challenge anybody in the country right now (to match) the everyday lifestyle of a player. That is a commitment from the coaching staff and the athletic director. That is the path that we and Coach (Mike) Holder chose to take and it seems to be working for us."

It is obvious that the new amenities, like the training table, aren't lost on Gundy, the coach or the former player.

"We didn't have a training table," said Gundy of his days as an OSU player. "We were just like everybody else. Now we have our own chefs and they prepare the best food there is and divide it up by no fat, low fat, and high fat and everything a guy would need. It is as good as it gets."

So is Cowboy recruiting right now.

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