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Oklahoma State recruiting capsule

February, 4, 2010
Oklahoma State

Total class: 27

ESPN 150: 1

By position: S 6, ATH 3, DT 3, QB 2, WR 2, OT 2, G 2, OLB 2, ILB 2, LB 1, DE 1, CB 1.

By state: Texas 20, Kansas 2, Oklahoma 2, Arkansas 1, Florida 1, California 1.

Already enrolled in school: 4.

The big ones: Undersized OLB Shaun Bell, OSU's only recruit in the ESPNU150, has shown marvelous instincts and should grow into a key contributor. ILB Caleb Lavey has good size and is an explosive player between the tackles who has been compared to former standouts like Rocky Calmus and Teddy Lehman.

Sleeper: OT Dan Koenig might not play for a couple of years, but has the bloodlines that suggest he will be a big contributor. Two older brothers preceded him as key OSU players.

Needs met: With both starting cornerbacks graduating, the Cowboys needed immediate contributors and appeared to have gotten them with junior college transfer Malcolm Murray, Devin Hedgepeth and three other arriving high school products. All three starting linebackers are leaving, but the added talent at the top of the class should help. And with four departing starters in the offensive line, the Cowboys attacked that need with developing projects like Koenig and Eli Dickerson.

Analysis: Despite some big losses on defense, the Cowboys appear to have restocked with some productive players who should help immediately. It was a big loss when Calvin Barnett signed with Arkansas on Wednesday. The arrival of quarterbacks Johnny Deaton and Nate Sorenson immediately starts a quarterback competition. It will be interesting to see how much the offense changes and if the Cowboys will have the kind of linemen to flourish in new coordinator Dana Holgorsen’s pass-heavy attack.

What Mike Gundy said: “Everyone is excited on signing day. We are no exception. We won't truly know about this class for a couple of years, but we obviously hope it turns out to be an exceptional group. … “We obviously like our class. It's a testament to our program, and to our current student-athletes, that we can sign a class of this caliber. We think we have helped ourselves in a number of areas.”

Scouts Inc. grade/rankings: B-minus, fourth in Big 12.

Oklahoma recruiting capsule

February, 4, 2010

Total class: 29

ESPN 150: 7

By position: ATH 6, DE 4, WR 3, OT 3, OLB 3, RB 2, S 2, DT 2, TE 1, QB 1, G 1, C 1.

By state: Texas 17, Oklahoma 4, California 3, Kansas 3, Florida 1, Missouri 1.

Already enrolled in school: 4.

The big ones: QB Blake Bell, a tall player with surprising athleticism for his size, was the Big 12’s top quarterback recruit. LB Corey Nelson was a late snatch from Texas A&M who should provide playmaking ability as a nimble, roving run-stuffer.

Sleeper: S Aaron Colvin missed his junior season with an injury but had a strong senior season. Oklahoma coaches feel like they are getting a steal because of his lack of national notoriety.

Needs met: Chris Brown is gone and DeMarco Murray has one more season of eligibility. But the Sooners added a couple of immediate contenders for playing time in Brennan Clay and Roy Finch. Austin Haywood adds immediate depth at tight end with Jermaine Gresham leaving. And Sam Bradford’s departure is lessened with the arrival of Bell, who appears ticketed to redshirt during 2010.

Analysis: Offense was the target in this recruiting class and the Sooners appear to have filled most of their needs. The late addition of Corey Nelson was huge for Oklahoma’s defense, particularly after losing Jackson Jeffcoat to Texas a few days earlier. Receivers Justin McCay and Kenny Stills should help provide pop in the offense. It’s a strong, solid class, dotted by playmakers, that was ranked as high as second nationally by one recruiting service.

What Bob Stoops said: “We met every one of our needs by position the way we needed to with the number of guys, the number of signees, at each of those positions and addressed just the graduation and guys departing through the year. I felt like we really got great talent in all of those positions.” On Blake Bell: “He's a talented guy when you look at his ability to throw the football. He's an excellent pocket quarterback, which is a staple of what we do.”

Scouts Inc. grade/rankings: A, second in Big 12.