Tulsa Union stars turn away Auburn, sign with OSU

By Scott Wright Modified: February 4, 2009 at 2:15 pm •  Published: February 4, 2009
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TULSA -- Tracy Moore's college destination was seemingly in doubt until the final 48 hours before signing day as the Tulsa Union standout tried to choose between Oklahoma State and Auburn.

He chose OSU and signed his letter of intent to play for the Cowboys, along with fellow Redskin running back Jeremy Smith Wednesday morning at Union High School.

And while Auburn's pursuit of Moore, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound tight end/receiver prospect, was well publicized in the final days of the recruiting season, it wasn't the only attempt Auburn coaches made to pursue a Union player .

"Auburn came in at the end," said Smith, who had been committed to OSU since last February. "I had to turn that down. It wasn't gonna happen."

Moore was recruited to OSU primarily by offensive coordinator Gunter Brewer, though he had a relationship with former assistants Curtis Luper and Trooper Taylor, who left OSU for Auburn in January.

But Luper, the Cowboys' former running backs coach, was heavily involved in Smith's recruitment. But Smith never strayed from his commitment, and he has been able to make a connection with his new position coach, Robert Gillespie, who came to OSU last month from South Carolina.

"Coach Gillespie is a real down-to-earth guy. And he's a little shorter than I am," the 5-foot-10, 205-pound Smith joked. "He seems like a great coach."