Dallas Colleges: Daxx Garman
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.
Schedule: The Cowboys hold the first of 15 NCAA-allowed practices today with their Spring Football Finale set for April 20 at 1:30 p.m. at Boone Pickens Stadium.
What's new: What isn’t new could be the better question. The Cowboys open spring football with a new offensive coordinator, new defensive coordinator and multiple new assistant coaches. Linebackers coach Glenn Spencer takes over as defensive coordinator replacing Bill Young, making the transition on the defensive side of the football relatively easy. On offense, former Shippensburg (Pa.) offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich arrives to run OSU’s explosive attack and will have all eyes on him this spring. Inside receivers coach Jason Ray and defensive line coach Joe Bob Clements are the other newcomers to the staff.
New faces: Junior college transfers Sam Wren, a defensive end, and Brandon Garrett, an offensive lineman, should provide depth along the line of scrimmage with Wren appearing ready to make an immediate impact this fall. Meanwhile Alpharetta (Ga.) defensive end Naim Mustafaa, an early enrollee who spurned offers from Florida, Georgia, Florida State, Ole Miss and others to sign with OSU, will also participate in spring drills.
All eyes on: Mike Gundy raised plenty of eyebrows with his hiring of Yurcich. This spring is the first look at Yurcich in action so Cowboy fans will be intriqued to see how quickly OSU’s new offensive coordinator is learning the Cowboys attack and how he will put his own stamp on the offense.
All eyes on, part II: The quarterbacks. Senior Clint Chelf opens spring as OSU’s starting quarterback but the Cowboys have three proven signal callers and the competition to become the man should be fun to watch. Sophomore Wes Lunt has several games of experience under his belt and sophomore J.W. Walsh brings a running ability that is unmatched by the other two quarterbacks. And relatively unknown transfer Daxx Garman could insert himself into the competition as well.
Question marks: The Cowboys always seem to find a way to be productive offensively while maintaining a balanced attack. So Spencer’s defense will garner most of the attention and could ultimately decide if OSU can win its second Big 12 title in three seasons in 2013. In order to do that, the Cowboys will have to find a consistent pass rush and shore up it’s secondary, which took a step backward in 2012 after a stellar 2011 season. OSU needs senior cornerback Justin Gilbert to step up and play at an elite level and senior defensive end Tyler Johnson could use a stellar Heart of Dallas Bowl performance as a springboard to become a difference maker this fall.
Breaking out: Jeremy Smith. The senior running back has quietly been one of the Big 12’s best running backs for the past two seasons and has been a contributor in OSU’s offense since his freshman year. This year he finally gets a chance to be the headliner in OSU’s backfield with Joseph Randle leaving early for the NFL. It should be a career year for Smith if he stays healthy in his final season.
Any player on a current roster, regardless of role on the team, is eligible. The only requirement: Your name must be awesome.
These are, quite simply, the best names of players in the Big 12. Some are catchy. Some are fun to say. Some are just the best. I love all of these.
Coach: Major Applewhite, OC, Texas
QB: Daxx Garman, Oklahoma State
RB: Lache Seastrunk, Baylor
RB: Brandon Bourbon, Kansas
FB: Glenn Gronkowski, Kansas State
WR: Sterling Shepard, Oklahoma
WR: Lynx Hawthorne, Baylor
WR: Kolby Listenbee, TCU
TE: Kurt Hammerschmidt, Iowa State
OL: Dylan Admire, Kansas
OL: Will Ash, Kansas State
OL: Cody Whitehair, Kansas State
OL: Blaize Foltz, TCU
OL: Le'Raven Clark, Texas Tech
DL: Keba Agostinho, Kansas
DL: Beau Blackshear, Baylor
DL: Noble Nwachukwu, West Virginia
DL: Stansly Maponga, TCU
LB/DE: Toben Opurum, Kansas
LB: Curtis Smelley, West Virginia
LB: Shaq Petteway, West Virginia
DB: Yves Batoba, Oklahoma State
DB: Terrance Bullitt, Texas Tech
DB: Happiness Osunde, Texas Tech
DB: Kip Daily, Kansas State
K: Bobby Stonebraker, Oklahoma State
P: Ryan Erxleben, Texas Tech
Who's your MVP? Anybody get snubbed?
Another is coming back closer to home.
Texas Tech's Jacob Karam -- last seen executing the sneakiest trick play of the season -- announced his transfer on Nov. 30 and started shopping around. He's a redshirt sophomore but already completed his undergraduate requirements, meaning he'll be eligible immediately at his new home with two years left to play. Rumors swirled that he could land at Texas, but he says he's not considering any Big 12 teams.
"I am focusing on Houston, Memphis and UTEP because those three schools are focusing on me," Karam told Fox 28 in Houston.
Karam said he also heard from LSU, San Diego State, Ole Miss, UNLV and Texas State.
Meanwhile, Oklahoma State is adding a quarterback. Daxx Garman, Arizona third-stringer and native of QB factory Southlake, Texas, is heading to Stillwater to play for Todd Monken and Mike Gundy.
Former Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel and Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy both hail from Southlake and both are now NFL backups.
"I'm getting the opportunity to move closer to home," Garman told the Arizona Republic. "My family can be more involved in the situation, and I felt like it's a better opportunity for me. Oklahoma State, they have a great football environment. The fans are great people there, and they support the Oklahoma State football program completely. I'm very excited to be a part of that."
By way of his transfer, Garman will almost certainly be receiving a spot on next year's All-Name Team, if only as a backup.
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