Walsh In a Classic; Sims Believed To Be OK

Hopefully, many Oklahoma State fans had a chance to see Cowboys verbal pledge and already immerging leader in the 2011 recruiting class J.W. Walsh of Denton Guyer put on a show Monday in the Kirk Herbstriet Classic in Cowboys Stadium. Walsh ran for 184 yards and five touchdowns and threw for 158 yards and another score despite losing a heartbreaker in overtime to powerhouse Cedar Hill 42-41.

Walsh opened the scoring in the Labor Day classic, the third of four games in Cowboys Stadium, with a scintillating 66-yard touchdown run on a read option. Walsh, despite being knocked groggy in the second quarter, went on to run for touchdowns of 3, 13, 11, and in overtime 9 yards. Walsh also hit 9-of-17 passing for 158 yards, and in the third quarter a 61-yard strike on a post route to Cameron Hunter.

Walsh was matched by Cedar Hill quarterback Driphus Jackson. Jackson was the star for the victorious Longhorns, but in overtime it was a reverse by Andre Henderson that tied the game at 41-41 before kicker Ryan Sparkman, who just this week learned he was cancer free after battling non-Hodgkins lymphoma, hit the winning extra point.

Walsh has been a huge leader in the Cowboys 2011 recruiting class as he and future teammate and Plano West offensive lineman Travis Cross have communicated with all of the 17 commitments in the class. By the way, both Cross and Walsh have been honored by Randy Rodgers Recruiting as first team All-Academic Team performers in Texas.

"I think it is great," said Cross of the honor. "I'm really proud of that and proud that both J.W. and I made it. That's good for Oklahoma State to have two on that team."

Both Cross and Walsh intend to be in Stillwater for the spring semester.

Another member of the class for 2011 is top Texas running back Herschel Sims, who led Abilene to the state title last season. So far in two games this season Sims has rushed for 246 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 36 carries. He is averaging 8.2 yards per carry.

We talked to Sims Monday night after the report that he sat out much of the fourth quarter of last Saturday's 35-20 win over Franklinton (La.). Sims came back to score a four-yard touchdown late after missing much of the fourth quarter when he suffered a shoulder injury in the late third quarter. Sims finished with 13 carries and 60 yards in the game.

Sims seemed fine in talking to us on the phone and said he was really enjoying watching Walsh on TV in the game. We'll keep an eye on Sims and how he is doing and whether he plays this coming week against Cocoa, Fla.

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