In-state Bedlam battles: 2014

It's always intense on the field between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. Same can be said on the recruiting trail for in-state prospects. Detailing how it has gone so far this year.

Oklahoma State didn't attack the in-state prospects all that hard for the Class of 2013, but the Cowboys have made their presence known for this crop of kids.

Heading into this week, the Cowboys have four in-state commits, while Oklahoma has three. Some of the battles have been intense, while there are still some potential battles out there.


Edmond Santa Fe quarterback Justice Hansen

There was no doubt in this one. OSU knew full well Hansen was never going to wear the orange and black. It was also obvious the Sooners were going to be the only option for Hansen even if he did look at other schools. Hansen committed to OU in April. There has been no news since then. No news in the recruiting world equates to good news. Hansen will be a mid-year enrollee for the Sooners.

Tulsa Union wide receiver Jeffery Mead

This looked like it could be a major competition between the Sooners and Cowboys. Mead made unofficial visits to both schools. The first offer came from OU at its junior day in February. OSU offered the very next day. Because of his academic prowess, Mead had almost any school in the country as a realistic option. He chose OU in late June and has been solid to the Sooners ever since.

Tulsa Union tight end Carson Meier

A lot of out of state schools made moves on Meier before the Sooners and Cowboys got involved. OSU never extended an offer although there was serious interest. Once OU made the offer, it felt like a mere matter of time before he pledged. Meier ended the drama early with a commitment in late May, giving OU its first tight end since the 2012 class.

Oklahoma State

Broken Arrow linebacker Gyasi Akem

The most intense battle of the class to this point. Akem grew up an OSU fan, but it was actually OU that made the first offer. Akem made unofficial visits to both schools in the winter, and it felt like it might be an intriguing situation. But in the spring Akem made it clear he was going to be about the Cowboys and committed to OSU.

Broken Arrow running back Devon Thomas

Thomas originally wanted to commit to OU. Last November Thomas made his intentions clear about playing for the Sooners. A few weeks later, though, the tone had changed. Whether it was OU didn't accept his commitment or Thomas had a change of heart, the only thing crystal clear is Thomas was out for the crimson and cream and has been locked in with OSU for the last year.

Tulsa Booker T. Washington defensive end Jordan Brailford

Another instance where multiple Big 12 schools showed the interest first and then OU and OSU came around. The Cowboys offered first, but it looked like he was waiting to see if the Sooners were going to come calling. He camped at OU but was told more evaluation was needed. Brailford made up his mind and decided he was ready to be a Cowboy in June. A solid senior season has only improved his stock.

Jenks safety Dylan Harding

OSU jumped on this one early and sealed the deal early. His teammate, Scout 300 safety Steven Parker, is getting a lot of the attention and mega-attention from OU and OSU or else people might be talking about Harding even more. He could develop into a linebacker at the next level or stay at safety. Either way, Harding has proven himself to be among the best players in the state and nice steal made by the Cowboys.

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