Recruiting: Cross Fired Up About The Cowboys

Offensive lineman Travis Cross of Plano (West), Texas, said he was originally planning on waiting until the end of his junior year to make a commitment in recruiting but knew he had seen enough after another unofficial visit last weekend to watch Oklahoma State beat Missouri 33-17 on homecoming. He was so certain that on Tuesday he picked up the phone to call Oklahoma State.

"Without a doubt, I knew that I wanted to make my commitment," said the 6-5 1/2, 276-pound Cross. "I picked up the phone and called Coach (Gunter) Brewer and I asked him how this commitment process works. I think that got his attention and I committed to Oklahoma State."

Cross starts at offensive tackle for Plano West, a school that is on a winning streak with victories over McKinney Boyd, Plano, and Dallas Jesuit. This week they take on rival Plano East in the game of the week which will be televised in the area.

"Our offense is just getting better and better and reacting to things the defense is doing in games," explained Cross, who is very much a "yes sir, no sir" guy. "I grew up in a respectful household the first time I said something smart to my mother she let me have it."

Back to football.

"Our defense is stepping up right now and we are just playing really well as a team," added Cross. "I'm getting stronger all the time and I put a little more weight on each day lifting. My major attribute is my technique. I have always gone to trainers to improve my technique and my offensive line coach is all about technique. I can always rely on that. I may not be as strong as other guys but I usually can do better than those stronger guys because of my technique."

Cross said he was also playing some defense earlier in the season, mainly third-down situations and almost had a sack.

His trip to Stillwater last Saturday followed up a trip in September when he was at Oklahoma State for the Rice game.

"I knew almost immediately that I really liked Oklahoma State," he said. "One of the first things I felt was the family atmosphere almost the first minute I was there. I felt at home the first time I walked on the campus. It was the Rice game and I was walking around taking in the entire atmosphere.

"I just knew more and more that I wanted to be at OSU. Then I was in the locker room after the Rice game and I heard Coach (Mike) Gundy talking to the team about the good things and the bad things and the last thing was this system they have. If you have more than 12 points then you don't play in the game and that goes for everybody.

"You know in high school you have guys that slack off and you have to rely on other guys. I knew then that I could rely on all of those other guys in that room because the OSU players are held accountable."

Cross has plenty of time to decide on a major but he says he has always had a fondness for architecture and designing houses. "I have an uncle that builds houses," said Cross. "I think I might want to major in architecture and maybe business."

We've got a feeling no matter what he decides he'll get the job done. Cross becomes already the second verbal commitment for Oklahoma State in the 2011 class joining defensive back/running back Isaac Maselera of Glenpool, Okla.

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