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Analyzing OSU football's recruiting needs and targets for 2012

BY BRANDON CHATMON Staff Writer bchatmon@opubco.com Published: May 15, 2011
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STILLWATER — If Oklahoma State hopes to continue its rise under Mike Gundy, the Cowboys must continue to recruit well.

The 2011 OSU roster is full of youthful talent, allowing the Cowboys coaching staff to be more selective in their pursuit of 2012 prospects. OSU should have a relatively small class (15-18 signees) and with Saturday's commitment from Denton (Texas) Guyer athlete Dominic Ramacher, the Pokes have seven known commitments.

With spring winding down and summer quickly approaching, here is a position-by-position look at the Cowboys needs and potential targets.

Quarterback

Currently: Behind Brandon Weeden, OSU has three young quarterbacks, including true freshman J.W. Walsh. Walsh is one of the Cowboys' top recruits of the 2011 class.

Analysis: Walsh, Clint Chelf and Johnny Deaton will battle to replace Weeden next year, but you can never have too many quarterbacks because you never know how good a quarterback will be until he proves himself on Saturdays. Therefore, expect OSU to look to bring in another quality signal caller.

Priority: High

Potential targets: Wes Lunt, Rochester, Ill.; Cyler Miles, Denver, Colo.

Running back

Currently: Sophomores Jeremy Smith and Joseph Randle are set to carry the load, with true freshman Desmond Roland and Herschel Sims joining the mix this fall.

Analysis: If the freshmen are as good as advertised, the Pokes are in good shape at the position. But you can never have too many running backs as injuries can make a deep running back corps very slim in a matter of weeks.

Priority: Medium

Potential targets: Barry J. Sanders, Heritage Hall.

Receiver

Currently: Justin Blackmon and Josh Cooper lead the way, but the Pokes are quietly developing good, yet largely unproven, depth at the receiver position. OSU also has hybrid players like Tracy Moore and Justin Horton who bring added versatility to the offense.

Analysis: OSU's needs will depend on the progression of young players like Michael Harrison, Kevin Johnson and recent signees like Josh Stewart and David Glidden. If those players can be productive or at least show signs they can become playmakers, the receiver position should be in good hands. Also expect OSU to continue to pursue talented hybrid-types in the mold of Moore.

Priority: Medium to high

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