Oklahoma State football: Tight end Blake Jackson commits to Cowboys

OSU RECRUITING — After watching Oklahoma State rout Oklahoma in Stillwater, Scottsdale, Ariz., tight end Blake Jackson committed to the Cowboys, giving OSU an important early recruiting win over its Bedlam rival.
BY JASON KERSEY, Staff Writer, jkersey@opubco.com Published: December 6, 2011

Another day, another Bedlam win for Oklahoma State.

This time it was on the recruiting trail. Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College tight end Blake Jackson committed to the Cowboys on Tuesday, three days after watching OSU whip the Sooners 44-10 in Stillwater.

Jackson (6-foot-4, 235 pounds) visited Oklahoma for its Nov. 26 win over Iowa State.

The recruiting win was an important one for the Cowboys.

Oklahoma's two primary players at tight end — Trent Ratterree and James Hanna — are both seniors.

Although the Cowboys don't often throw to more traditional tight ends, Jackson's downfield receiving skills could fit the Cowboys' offense the way Tracy Moore's have.

OSU has sometimes shown that it will move tight ends to the defensive side of the ball. But not tight ends like Jackson.

Senior Wilson Youman began his OSU career as a tight end, but now plays on both sides of the ball. Junior Cooper Bassett, of Tuttle, also started out at OSU as a tight end but now plays defense.

But Youman and Bassett, who were tight ends in a more traditional, blocking sense, are very different players than Jackson.

Both programs have produced first-round NFL tight ends: Detroit's Brandon Pettigrew (OSU) and Cincinnati's Jermaine Gresham (OU).

Jackson, who was also considering Arkansas and Georgia, is the Cowboys' second tight end commit of the 2012 class. Broken Arrow's Zac Veatch, who also plays defense, committed to OSU on Sept. 28.



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