Recruiting: OSU Gets Its Running Back

Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy had a good day Saturday. Of course, his 16th-ranked Cowboys defeated Missouri to improve to 5-1 on the season. But he also received some exciting news earlier in the day when the Cowboys' No. 1 running back prospect made a verbal commitment to sign with Oklahoma State next February.

Joseph Randle, a four-star recruit who is ranked as the 17th-best running back prospect in the nation, made his commitment while in Stillwater on Saturday for the Cowboys' 33-17 victory over the Tigers at Boone Pickens Stadium.

"I just feel like I'm at home up there. So at home that I just figured that I should just end it," said the 6- 0 1/2, 190-pound Randle, from Wichita (Southeast), Kan. "I feel good about the winning situation up there, and I feel like I can get up there and help out."

Randle picked Oklahoma State after narrowing his final five to OSU, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri and Boston College.

"I met with Coach Gundy and Coach (Robert) Gillispie before the game, and with my dad in there we just got to talking. I had already been talking to Coach Gillispie about it all week, and had decided to wait to get there to tell Coach Gundy about it," said Randle of his conversation with the OSU head coach and the Cowboys' running backs coach.

"We were all real happy. I was real happy to get it out of the way, and (Coach Gundy) was happy to have me. He's a real class coach, and I see that and all the players say the same about him.

"I feel like I can have a good career there. I see myself fitting in the program real well, and getting behind some big linemen like they've got, getting behind some real football players who love the game just like I do," Randle added.

Randle says he will play basketball this winter at Southeast, and will enroll at Oklahoma State for summer school. "I'm not graduating early. I'm staying around to play basketball and go to the prom. I'm going to be ready in the summer and get in there and work hard, and try to get on the field."

He says that he looks forward to learning from Cowboy All-American running back Kendall Hunter.

"I know Kendall Hunter will be coming back, so I'll be happy to get in there and learn from somebody who knows the system real well and teach me the ropes. I'm real happy about that.," Randle said.

Southeast suffered a 17-12 loss to Derby High School and OSU commitment Devin Hedgepeth on Friday night.
Here's the game story from The Wichita Eagle

"I got to talk to him up there at OSU (last night), and I got to talk to him after the game (Friday night). I think that's probably going to be my roommate," said Randle, who says that he and Hedgepeth have been friends since being a part of the same class inducted for community service into the W.J. Williams Hall of Fame in Wichita.

Read this story on Randle from the Wichita Eagle

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