Recruiting: Denton Guyer's Walsh Likes OSU

Oklahoma State has already gotten a jump start on the Class of 2011 with two verbal pledges. Isaac Maselera of Glenpool, Okla., and offensive lineman Travis Cross of Plano (West), Texas, have given verbal commitments to the Cowboys. The class will also have a quarterback in it as Mike Gundy said he wants to try to recruit one signal caller in each class in the future. Who is Gundy's No. 1 target?

One of the top possibilities in Oklahoma in Southmoore standout Kendal Thompson, who committed to Oklahoma this week. That decision could send the Cowboys to Texas where one of the best in the Lone Star state is J.W. Walsh from Denton (Guyer), Texas.

Walsh has already been to Oklahoma State for a camp this summer and for the homecoming win over Missouri this fall.

"I like Oklahoma State a lot right now," said Walsh by phone as he gets ready with his teammates to try and finish a perfect regular season as they are 9-0 entering Friday night's huge rivalry game this week with Denton Ryan.

"I went to OSU camp and it was great working with coaches (Robert) Matthews and (Mike) Gundy, They have great coaches there. Then the game with Missouri. It was exactly what I'm looking for. It was really loud and you could tell the players were having a lot of fun playing. We got to go outside the stadium before the game and see all the tailgating and all the people that were there for the game."

The 6-2, 185-pound Walsh completed 72-of-128 passes last season as a sophomore for 1,142 yards with six touchdowns and only two interceptions. This season his stats are extremely impressive but the best stat is the 9-0 record for Guyer. Walsh is coached by his father, John Walsh.

"It works out great (being coached by his father)," said Walsh. "If I have a question at home then I can just go downstairs and don't have to wait all night on what checks I need to call or what we are going to go with in certain situations. Then our relationship at both school and on the field is different than it is with most players and coaches. It is special."

Walsh called recruiting so far, "a lot of fun and at the same time overwhelming." He said he has heard from a lot of schools but the ones he mentioned include Oklahoma State, OU, Texas, Notre Dame, and Texas A&M.

"I've narrowed it down," explained Walsh of the schools he is looking at and what he is looking for in a school. "I have a broad range but the biggest thing is it has to be real fun. The school has to be fun and football has to be important. I don't know if you've heard of Brownwood, but that is where I grew up and football is really important there."

I assured Walsh that I knew about Brownwood and he continued. "It needs to be a school with a lot of tradition," he added. "There has to be a lot of excitement. Fortunately, those schools that I picked out all seem to have that."

Keep an eye on Guyer in the game this week with Ryan and in the playoffs as Walsh figures to be in the picture for Oklahoma State.

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