It's been a rough year at quarterback for Oklahoma State. It had three guys in 2012 who proved they could be productive and win, but two dealt with injuries and left the job to Clint Chelf at the end of the season.
Long-time commit Luke Del Rio, though, elected to walk on at Alabama, rather than head up to Stillwater. Last month, Wes Lunt elected to transfer. He was named the starter after spring practice last year and lost the job after a pair of injuries during the season.
This week, the Cowboys whiffed on Kyle Allen, an Arizona native and the nation's No. 5 pocket-passing quarterback, who committed to Texas A&M.
Wednesday, the Cowboys finally got some good news at quarterback on the recruiting trail. Rock Hill, S.C., native Mason Rudolph committed to Oklahoma State, turning down offers from Louisville, LSU, Ole Miss and Virginia Tech. He was the nation's No. 8 pocket passer, and the No. 4 player in South Carolina. The 6-foot-4, 212-pounder gives Oklahoma State a solid option for the future after the Cowboys failed to land a quarterback in their 2013 recruiting class. Lunt was also the only quarterback OSU signed in the 2012 class, and his exit left only J.W. Walsh and untested Arizona transfer Daxx Garman on the roster behind Chelf, who graduates following the 2013 season. That is, until Rudolph committed.
I'm not on the ground scouting high school players, but our RecruitingNation team is. Here's what the scouts say about Rudolph:
This is a very intriguing prospect who really grows on you the more you watch him. Looks great on the hoof -- long and athletic. Is capable of getting the ball out from various release points if needed. A pocket passer with dual-threat capability, if warranted. From an upside standpoint, Rudolph could be a real gem in this class. Has competitive qualities you like and mechanically he can be cleaned up and refined. Nice prospect.
Oklahoma State is avoiding some scary depth issues at quarterback by adding Rudolph, but I'd expect the Cowboys to go get another quarterback in this class, too. OSU is in the mix on Norman native David Cornwell, the nation's No. 1 pocket passer. It sounds like the Cowboys are a long shot there, but I'd keep an eye on the Cowboys when it comes to recruiting quarterbacks over the next few months.