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2014 Oklahoma State Recruiting Class Analysis

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Posted Feb 7, 2014


Oklahoma State Cowboys 2013 ... Head Coach: Mike Gundy


Oklahoma State Cowboys

2013 Record: 10-3
8/31 Miss St (in Houston) W 21-3
9/7 at UTSA W 56-35
9/14 Lamar W 59-3
9/21 OPEN DATE
9/28 at West Virginia L 30-21
10/5 Kansas State W 33-29
10/12 OPEN DATE
10/19 TCU W 24-10
10/26 at Iowa State W 58-27
11/2 at Texas Tech W 52-34
11/9 Kansas W 42-6
11/16 at Texas W 38-13
11/23 Baylor W 49-17
11/30 OPEN DATE
12/7 Oklahoma L 33-24
Cotton Bowl
1/3 Oklahoma State W 41-31


Oklahoma State | The 2014 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2014: The Cowboys can strike quickly and can make up for mistakes in a hurry, but they have to cut down on the flags committing 6.69 per game for 60 yards. Time of possession shouldn’t matter, but holding on to the ball for 26:44 isn’t a positive. With seven players being replaced on defense, and five on offense, there’s a little bit of rebuilding to do on both sides of the ball. The program has been able to reload over the last few years, but 2013 was supposed to be the big season. It’s going to take something special to not take a step back.

The 2014 Class Is Heavy On ... Running backs. Even with a great class of defensive linemen coming in last year, the Cowboys still loaded up with a nice haul of talent led by Jordan Brailford, Trey Carter and Jarrell Owens to help the pass rush. The secondary got a boatload of prospects, and the linebacking corps received some instant help from JUCO transfers D’Nerius Antoine and Devante Averette, but the most excitement is over a good group of running backs led by JUCO transfer Tyreek Hill. Devon Thomas and Sione Palelei fit the OSU running back type, but it’s Hill who should be the difference-maker with lightning fast wheels. He could’ve gone anywhere.

2013 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 29. That Class Was Heavy On ... Defensive linemen. The stars of the class are are receiver with Marcell Ateman and Ra'Shaad Samples looking to be part of the great run of OSU targets, but the defensive front could turn out to get the most help. JUCO transfer Sam Wren is a ready-made end, but Naim Mustafaa the best pass rusher in the bunch. Defensive tackle Ben Hughes has the size, while Vincent Taylor has the motor to shine once he beefs up a bit. Safety Jordan Sterns and running backs Corion Webster and Rennie Childs have good upside.

2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 28. That Class Was Heavy On ... Pass catchers. Oklahoma State is becoming known for developing top-shelf receivers, and the recruits are noticing with several good ones signing on along with JUCO transfer Blake Jackson and some excellent tight ends. Last year’s class brought in a ton of top skill prospects, and this year’s class looks even stronger in the receiving corps. The defense went strong on pass rushers a few years ago, and this year’s haul will be for the next cycle once the 2009 group is done. 

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 19. That Class Was Heavy On ... Really, really good skill players. The bulk of the class is on the defensive front with James Castelman leading the group of defensive tackles, and Jimmy Bean is a promising end for down the road while JUCO transfer Ryan Robinson will likely see time right away, but the stars are on offense. With the success of Dez Bryant the Justin Robinson, getting receivers isn’t a problem with Desmond Rolany, Johnny Haynes, and David Glidden all good enough to be the next great Cowboy target. J.W. Walsh is a fantastic quarterback prospect with the potential to do a little of everything for the offense, while Herschel Sims is one of the nation’s top running back recruits.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 17. That Class Was Heavy On ... Defensive backs. No one is talking much about Oklahoma State's class mainly because Texas and Oklahoma stole all the limelight, but this was a great year for Mike Gundy. The secondary got lots and lots of bodies with eight prospect signed including corner Tommie Saunders and corner Larry Stephens. JUCO transfer Malcolm Murray is a big, skilled corner. Quarterbacks Nathan Sorenson and Johnny Deaton will get their chances right away to compete for the starting gig, while RB Joseph Randle might be too good to keep off the field. Shaun Lewis and Caleb Lavey will be good starters for the linebacking corps by 2013.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 40. That Class Was Heavy On ... pass rushers. The Cowboys weren’t bad at getting into the backfield over the last few years, but they weren’t good at closing. Getting to the quarterback in the pass-happy Big 12 South is a must, and OSU put a priority on bringing in players who can do that. David Paulsen will be a starter on the outside within the next three years, while Anthony Rogers could be special with a little seasoning. Linebackers LeRon Furr and Jordan Barnes can move and will be excellent blitzers.

Missouri 41, Oklahoma State 31
Basically … Both offenses got rolling in a crazy fourth quarter with 51 combined points, but it was the Missouri defense that came up with the clincher. Oklahoma State was in game-tying field goal range and with the potential to win with a touchdown, but Tiger DE Michael Sam sacked Clint Chelf, forced a fumble, and Shane Ray scooped and scored from 73 yards out. Henry Josey ran for three touchdowns for Mizzou, kicking off the scoring in the first quarter on a three-yard run, tearing off a 25-yard dash early in the fourth, and coming up with the game-winner from 16 yards away with just over three minutes to play. Oklahoma State kept punching back, overcoming a 17-7 halftime deficit with a 21-yard Jhajuah Seals touchdown catch and helped by a Chelf 23-yard diving touchdown dash and a Desmond Roland score from two yards out. Maty Mauk stepped in for James Franklin for a brief period in the second quarter and found Marcus Lucas from 24 yards out.

- Missouri RB Henry Josey ran 12 times for 92 yards and three touchdowns, and caught a pass for ten yards.
- Oklahoma State QB Clint Chelf completed 33-of-57 passes for 377 yards and two scores with two picks, and he ran ten times for 52 yards and a touchdown.
- Missouri QB James Franklin completed 15-of-40 passes for 174 yards with a pick, and ran 16 times for 36 yards.
-Oklahoma State WR Tracy Moore caught seven passes for 100 yards.
- Missouri LB Andrew Wilson made 15 tackles with a half a tackle for loss
- Missouri DE Kona Ealy made six tackles with two sacks.
- Oklahoma State DE Jimmy Bean tied for the team lead with seven tackles with a sack and three tackles for loss. - Missouri DE Michael Sam made three tackles with a sack and a game-sealing forced fumble.
- Oklahoma State total yards: 548 – Missouri 462
- Penalties: Oklahoma State 10 for 100 yards – Missouri 4 for 42 yards

at Oklahoma State 49, Baylor 17
Basically … Oklahoma State dominated on both sides of the ball, rolling up a 14-0 early lead and a 35-3 lead after three quarters. Clint Chelf threw three touchdown passes including a 56-yarder to Tracy Moore and a 33-yarder to Jhajuan Seales, and he ran for a four-yard score. Kye Staley pounded in two short scores for the Cowboys, but the killer was a 78-yard fumble return for a score from Tyler Patmon off an errant snap. The Bears got two fourth quarter touchdown passes from Bryce Petty, hitting Antwan Goodley from 24 yards out and Levi Norwood from 32 yards away, but it wasn’t nearly enough.
- Baylor QB Bryce Petty completed 28-of-48 passes from 359 yards and two scores, and he led the team with 46 rushing yards on 11 carries.
- Oklahoma State QB Clint Chelf completed 19-of-25 passes for 370 yards and three touchdowns, and he ran for a score.
- Oklahoma State rolled up 594 yards to Baylor’s 453, and didn’t turn the ball over. Baylor lost three fumbles.
- Baylor WR Antwan Goodley caught ten passes for 118 yards and a score.

Oklahoma State 38, at Texas 13
Basically … Oklahoma State got up 14 -3 in the first half on two touchdown runs from Clint Chelf, and the O answered a seven-yard Malcolm Brown touchdown run with a 12-yard scoring pass from Chelf to Tracy Moore with just over a minute to play in the half, and the D came through with a crippling pick six from Justin Gilbert with 18 seconds to go for a 28-10 lead. Texas could only manage a 27-yard Anthony Fera field goal the rest of the way. Charlie Moore caught a 21-yard touchdown pass for the Cowboys.
- Oklahoma State QB Clint Chelf completed 16-of-22 passes for 197 yards and two touchdowns with a pick, and he led the team with 95 rushing yards and two touchdowns on ten carries.
- Texas QB Case McCoy completed 26-of-39 passes for 221 yards with three picks.
- Texas outgained Oklahoma State 389 total yards to 380, but was -2 in turnover margin.
- This was the worst home loss for Mack Brown while at Texas.

at Oklahoma State 42, Kansas 6
Basically … Oklahoma State went through the motions and won with ease, scoring the first 28 points of the game starting out with a Justin Gilbert return for a score on the opening kickoff along with two Desmond Roland touchdowns and a four-yard Tracy Moore scoring grab. Kansas came up with two Ron Doherty field goals, but Oklahoma State kept rolling with an 11-yard touchdown catch from Moore and closed out with a 15-yard Jeremy Smith score.
- Oklahoma State QB Clint Chelf completed 19-of-37 passes for 265 yards and three scores.
- Kansas QB Montell Cozart completed just 6-of-17 passes for 58 yards and Jake Heaps completed 4-of-8 throws for 56 yards with a pick.
- Kansas held the ball for 37:40, Oklahoma State had it for 22:20.
- Oklahoma State averaged just 2.7 yards per carry running 31 times for 85 yards and two scores.

Oklahoma State 52, at Texas Tech 34
Basically … Oklahoma State started out hot with a 21-0 lead on two Desmond Roland one-yard touchdown runs and a Clint Chelf scoring pass to Tracy Moore, but Texas Tech fought back. Davis Webb found Eric Ward for a 38-yard touchdown and Pete Robertson returned a pick 21 yards for a score as the Red Raiders pulled within four before halftime. The Cowboys bounced back with a three-yard Roland touchdown run and a 67-yard scoring dash from Chelf. Chelf answered a one-yard Jace Amaro touchdown catch with a good drive and an eight-yard touchdown late in the third.
- Oklahoma State committed ten penalties and turned it over twice, and Texas Tech committed eight penalties and gave up three turnovers.
- OSU QB Clint Chelf completed 18-of-34 passes for 211 yards and two touchdown with two picks, but he ran six times for 88 yards and two touchdowns.
- Texas Tech QB Davis Webb completed 45-of-71 passes for 425 yards and two scores with two picks, and Jace Amaro caught 15 passes for 174 yards and a score.
- OSU RB Desmond Roland ran 31 times for 96 yards and three touchdowns.

Oklahoma State 58, at Iowa State 27
Basically … Oklahoma State started hot as Desmond Roland ran for the first of four touchdowns on the day and Justin Gilbert picked off a pass for a score on the way to an early 21-0 lead, but Iowa State fought back with two Quenton Bundrage touchdown catches and an 11-yard scoring run from DeVondrick Nealy to pull within eight before halftime. It was all OSU in the third quarter with Roland rumbling for a 58-yard score and Tyler Johnson taking a fumble for a touchdown on the way to a 24-point scoring run to make it a blowout.
- Desmond Roland was phenomenal, running for 219 yards and four scores on just 26 carries, but the Oklahoma State passing game was non-existent. Clint Chelf completed just 10-of-26 passes for 78 yards and a score with a pick, but for this game, the Cowboys didn’t need the production. Finally, though, the OSU offense put up a huge score on the board.
- The Cowboys got through with one of the two easy games – with Kansas coming up in a few weeks – but now it’s time to make a big statement in the Big 12 race with a trip to Texas Tech up next. Considering OSU has yet to play a team that’s a sure-thing to go bowling, things are about to get a lot harder in a hurry.

Basically … Oklahoma State struggled a bit, but Josh Stewart took control of the game in the first quarter with a 95-yard punt return for a touchdown to spark a 17-0 halftime lead. TCU turned it over four times, but it came back with ten points in the second half with a Jaden Oberkrom field goal and a 14-yard Waymon James touchdown run, but Rennie Childs put the game away for the Cowboys with a seven-yard touchdown run.
- The Cowboys won, but there are problems. J.W. Walsh completed half of his passes for 115 yards with two picks, and Clint Chelf wasn’t much better after taking over, completing 10-of-25 throws for 178 yards and a pick. With no running game to take the heat off, the quarterbacks have to be better.
- TCU needs more out of Trevone Boykin. He completed just 17-of-35 throws for 188 yards and three picks, and while he tied for the team lead with 46 rushing yards, he didn’t get the offense moving until the third quarter. Even so, the picks turned out to be a killer.
- The Horned Frogs started out the season with a loss, and they’ve gone back and forth since, alternating each win with a loss. Next week is Texas – they’ll forget about this loss in a hurry if the defense can play like it did this week. The offense has to be more physical and effective.
- Very quietly, Oklahoma State is moving on from the West Virginia loss. The problem is that it’s just to that explosive or effective. It struggled too much to get by Kansas State and now the offense didn’t really work against TCU. It might be a grind, but at 5-1, the Big 12 is there for the taking.

at Oklahoma State 33, Kansas State 29
Basically … It took a little while for the Oklahoma State offense to wake up, but down 29-23 late, everything started to click as J.W. Walsh hit Charlie Moore with a six-yard touchdown pass with just over four minutes to play and Ben Grogan hit his fourth field goal of the game to finally come up with a little breathing room. Kansas State got a huge day from Daniel Sams, who threw for two touchdown passes – starting off with a 67-yarder to Glenn Gronkowski to start the scoring - and ran for another, but two picks ended late drives.
- It was like the Oklahoma State offense didn’t quite click. It was effective, but not explosive, and there were too many misfires on good drives that led to field goal attempts. The running game didn’t go anywhere for the second straight week, gaining just 85 yards on 25 carries.
- Welcome to the party, Daniel Sams. He threw three picks, but the Kansas State quarterback completed 15-of-21 passes for 181 yards and two scores and he ran 27 times for 118 yards and a touchdown. Jake Waters simply didn’t move the offense, completing just 3-of-7 passes.
- Kansas State continues to make the mistakes it can’t afford. The key to the team’s success is keeping the penalties and turnovers to a minimum, but there were 12 penalties to OSU’s one, and five turnovers to one.
- The Cowboy defense has to start getting more credit. Tyler Johnson had a nice game with seven tackles and two sacks, and late interceptions from Daytawion Lowe and Shaun Lewis snuffed out Kansas State’s two final drives.

at West Virginia 30, Oklahoma State 21
Basically … Clint Trickett threw a touchdown pass to Kevin White and Ishmael Banks returned a J.W. Walsh pass for a score on the way to a 17-7 West Virginia lead, and the defense held tough in the second half while Josh Lambert added two of his three field goals in the fourth quarter. Oklahoma State started out the scoring with a 73-yard Josh Stewart touchdown catch, and Walsh threw two more scoring passes, but after a field goal attempt that would’ve tied the score at 24 bonked off the upright, it was all Mountaineers the rest of the way.
- Clint Trickett finally appears to be the one who can get the West Virginia offense moving. He might not be dynamic, and he might not have all the tools, but banged up, he gutted out a 24-of-50, 309-yard, one score day with two picks.
- Oklahoma State just couldn’t seem to get out of its own way with three turnovers, ten penalties and two very, very important missed field goals. It looked like the Cowboys were going to take control late, but they came away without any points after having the ball first and goal on the two.
- The Cowboys never let Charles Sims and the West Virginia running game get moving. Sims ran for 60 yards and a score on 18 carries, but he struggled to get free. The Mountaineers averaged 1.7 yards per try as OSU made Trickett and the short passing game get the job done.
- Give West Virginia’s defense credit for never letting the Oklahoma State running game get going. If QB J.W. Walsh is the leading rusher – with 52 yards on 16 carries – there’s a problem.

at Oklahoma State 59, Lamar 3, Sept. 14
Basically … All is right with the Oklahoma State world, at least on the field, with Jeremy Smith running for three scores on the way to a 31-0 first half lead, and Josh Stewart started things out hot in the third quarter with a punt return for a touchdown. Clint Chelf ran for an eight-yard score and hit Blake Webb with a 16-yard touchdown pass. Lamar’s only points came at the end of the first half on a 44-yard Justin Stout field goal.
- After all the controversy and all the issues, for one night, everything was fine and the team played like it. There wasn’t any problem with distractions, but it was Lamar. This was target practice.
- Both quarterbacks were able to do whatever they wanted. J.W. Walsh missed on a few throws and gave away a pick, but there wasn’t any problem moving the offense. Clint Chelf hit all six of his throws for 90 yards with a score. Walsh continues to run well, leading the team with 45 yards on just seven carries.
- if it’s possible to go through the motions and win 59-3, Oklahoma State just did it. There was a sense of purpose early with all the off-the-field attention, but now comes the hard part – an off-week. The Cowboys are going to have to sit and deal with the article for two weeks with the Big 12 opener at West Virginia coming up next.

Oklahoma State 56, at UTSA 35, Sept. 7
Basically … The Cowboys awoke from their Week 1 offensive slumber to spark a blowout of overmatched UTSA in a game that was more lopsided than the final score indicated. Oklahoma State jumped out to a 42-7 lead in San Antonio behind a razor-sharp effort from QB J.W. Walsh before tapping the brakes in the second half.
- Walsh and backup Clint Chelf were on target all afternoon at the Alamodome, combining to go 35-of-43 for 518 yards, six touchdowns and no picks. Walsh did his best Jameis Winston impression, throwing just three incompletions.
- Jhajuan Seales looks like a budding star for an already deep Oklahoma State corps of receivers. The redshirt freshman caught a game-high seven balls for 87 yards and his first career touchdown.
- UTSA was never a threat to Oklahoma State on this day, but scoring four touchdowns in the final quarter will give the Roadrunners a tailwind heading into next week's trip to Arizona.
- After playing so well in the opener with Mississippi State, the Cowboys' defense took a step back today. It's not so much that OSU allowed some scores in garbage time, rather the problems it faced in pass defense.

Oklahoma State 21, Mississippi State 3
Basically … Oklahoma State’s defense stuffed Mississippi State allowing just a 40-yard Devon Bell field goal in the first quarter. The Cowboy offense sputtered and coughed early on, but it did just enough to get by with J.W. Walsh running for a three-yard score in the second and Jeremy Smith adding scores of one and 20 yards away in the second.
- Mississippi State did everything right in the first half except score. The Bulldog defense kept the Cowboy offense in check, the offense moved the ball, and none of it mattered.
- To answer the ongoing Oklahoma State quarterback question, J.W. Walsh is the main man now. Clint Chelf might get a little bit of work, but Walsh is too effective to keep off the field completing 18-of-27 passes for 135 yards and running 13 times for 125 yards and a score.
- Jeremy Smith appears to be fine as Oklahoma State’s main runner. The wealth will be spread around, but Smith is the most effective back running for 102 yards and two scores on 15 carries.
- The Bulldogs were able to move the ball, but they couldn’t keep the chains moving, converting just 2-of-16 chances. It didn’t get into a shootout, but MSU couldn’t make things happen off of nice drives.

Spring Analysis

Why To Be Excited 2012 was the rebuilding year, and it was still excellent. While the bar was set higher than 8-5 after coming within a whisper of playing for the 2011 national title, it was a young team that lost a few tough battles while keeping the offense playing at a ridiculously high level. The receiving corps should be fantastic with Josh Stewart looking more and more like a burgeoning star, and the pass protection should be solid with the return of Parker Graham and Daniel Koenig on the outside. The defense that was so maddeningly inconsistent has a nice building block in the middle to work around in tackles James Castleman and Calvin Barnett

Why To Be Grouchy The quarterback situation will be the talk of the offseason, but the defensive side needs to generate more of a pass rush after losing ends Nigel Nicholas, Cooper Bassett and Ryan Robinson. While Tyler Johnson is an up-and-coming factor, he’s a bit undersized and needs to be a part of a rotation. Getting into the backfield wasn’t a problem for the Cowboys throughout the season, but hitting the quarterback on a regular basis was an issue. The less the linebackers have to do to get to the passer, and the less the defensive tackles have to focus on collapsing the pocket, the better.

What Needs Working On The quarterback situation needs to be settled as soon as humanly possible so everything can start to mesh with new offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich. Part of the plan behind going with then-true freshman Wes Lunt was that he’d develop into the job as his first year went on, but instead he got hurt and the next man in kept producing. On the positive side, there’s no wrong answer after Lunt, Clint Chelf and J.W. Walsh all did a terrific job of moving the offense. Walsh provides more of a rushing threat, but Lunt and Chelf to a bit more of what Mike Gundy wants. There’s a reason Lunt was anointed as the main man to start last season – he has the biggest upside and the best pure passing skills – but if he wants to be the star of the Oklahoma State offensive juggernaut over the next three seasons, he has to make it happen this spring.

Non-Conference Games: Mississippi State, at UTSA, Lamar
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Worst Case Record: 7-5
Likely Finish: 9-3

Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: at UTSA, Lamar, Kansas State, TCU, at Iowa State, at Texas Tech, Kansas, Baylor, Oklahoma

Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: Mississippi State, at West Virginia, at Texas

Schedule Analysis: It’s an interesting slate from start to finish, opening up with a statement game against a strong Mississippi State team in Houston before going to what’s sure to be a fired up Alamodome to play UTSA – don’t laugh; the Roadrunners have a good fan base. And then comes the annual Oklahoma State stat-filler with Lamar coming into Boone Pickens before getting a week off to gear up for the Big 12 season.

It’s not a bad way to start out the conference campaign with a trip to West Virginia to kick things off before getting Kansas State at home. If the Cowboys can get through those two games 2-0, with a week off before hosting TCU, going to Iowa State and Texas Tech, and welcoming Kansas, a 6-0 Big 12 start is on the table before going to Texas. It’s a long year, but that’s a positive with a third bye week to rest up late and prepare for the Bedlam showdown against Oklahoma.

Team Concerns For 2013: The Cowboys have a ton of returning talent, but there are still several areas that need to be solidified. The quarterback situation has to be settled this offseason, but it's a good situation with several good options who know what they're doing. Jeremy Smith has to take over and shine at running back in place of Joseph Randle, and he needs the line to be fantastic again despite the loss of center Evan Epstein and guard Lane Taylor. Improvements in the secondary would be a help after giving up 280 yards per game, but three starters are back. Replacing ends Ryan Robinson, Nigel Nicholas and Cooper Bassett will be hard from a front seven that was great at coming up with big plays behind the line.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Defensive linemen. The stars of the class are are receiver with Marcell Ateman and Ra'Shaad Samples looking to be part of the great run of OSU targets, but the defensive front could turn out to get the most help. JUCO transfer Sam Wren is a ready-made end, but Naim Mustafaa the best pass rusher in the bunch. Defensive tackle Ben Hughes has the size, while Vincent Taylor has the motor to shine once he beefs up a bit. Safety Jordan Sterns and running backs Corion Webster and Rennie Childs have good upside.

2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 28. That Class Was Heavy On ... Pass catchers. Oklahoma State is becoming known for developing top-shelf receivers, and the recruits are noticing with several good ones signing on along with JUCO transfer Blake Jackson and some excellent tight ends. Last year’s class brought in a ton of top skill prospects, and this year’s class looks even stronger in the receiving corps. The defense went strong on pass rushers a few years ago, and this year’s haul will be for the next cycle once the 2009 group is done. 

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 19. That Class Was Heavy On ... Really, really good skill players. The bulk of the class is on the defensive front with James Castelman leading the group of defensive tackles, and Jimmy Bean is a promising end for down the road while JUCO transfer Ryan Robinson will likely see time right away, but the stars are on offense. With the success of Dez Bryant the Justin Robinson, getting receivers isn’t a problem with Desmond Rolany, Johnny Haynes, and David Glidden all good enough to be the next great Cowboy target. J.W. Walsh is a fantastic quarterback prospect with the potential to do a little of everything for the offense, while Herschel Sims is one of the nation’s top running back recruits.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 17. That Class Was Heavy On ... Defensive backs. No one is talking much about Oklahoma State's class mainly because Texas and Oklahoma stole all the limelight, but this was a great year for Mike Gundy. The secondary got lots and lots of bodies with eight prospect signed including corner Tommie Saunders and corner Larry Stephens. JUCO transfer Malcolm Murray is a big, skilled corner. Quarterbacks Nathan Sorenson and Johnny Deaton will get their chances right away to compete for the starting gig, while RB Joseph Randle might be too good to keep off the field. Shaun Lewis and Caleb Lavey will be good starters for the linebacking corps by 2013.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 40. That Class Was Heavy On ... pass rushers. The Cowboys weren’t bad at getting into the backfield over the last few years, but they weren’t good at closing. Getting to the quarterback in the pass-happy Big 12 South is a must, and OSU put a priority on bringing in players who can do that. David Paulsen will be a starter on the outside within the next three years, while Anthony Rogers could be special with a little seasoning. Linebackers LeRon Furr and Jordan Barnes can move and will be excellent blitzers.
 

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