Share “Signing Day drama ends well for Cowboys”

By John Helsley and Jason Kersey, Staff Writers Modified: February 2, 2012 at 12:33 am •  Published: February 2, 2012

STILLWATER – Oklahoma State finally had some drama end in its favor.

Four-star linebacker Seth Jacobs of Arroyo Grande, Calif., chose the Cowboys over Arkansas and Colorado Wednesday in a late signing day announcement.

Jacobs became the Cowboys' 23rd commitment in its class of 2012 and second linebacker in the group, joining Jeremiah Tshimanga of North Richland Hills, Texas, who signed early Wednesday.

The past few days of drama haven't gone OSU's way until Jacobs' announcement.

OSU lost out on Los Angeles receiver Jaydon Mickens to Washington and Oxford, Ala., athlete Trae Elston to Ole Miss.

Then, the Cowboys had committed receiver Chance Allen of Missouri City, Texas, make a last-minute switch to Oregon.

Jacobs is the highest rated member of OSU's class of 2012 and his signing came hours after coach Mike Gundy's press conference, long after Gundy had dismissed star ranking discussions of recruiting classes by adding he didn't think the Cowboys have signed “that many four-star guys” since he'd been there.

Of OSU's 24 signees, seven – or about one-third – are receivers.

A heavy emphasis was placed on linemen, too, with 10 big bodies added to both sides of the ball. But fully committed to the passing game, the Cowboys added a possible Brandon Weeden replacement and premium quarterback in Illinois prep star Wes Lunt, as well as large cast of potential targets.

“We have our theory on the way that the game's going on offense, for us, and how it gives us the best chance to move the ball and score points,” said OSU coach Mike Gundy. “It's skill players who can touch the ball and make people miss and do things that are unconventional.”

The Cowboys not only lose Justin Blackmon from the receiving corps, but seniors Josh Cooper and Hubert Anyiam as well. They've been replaced better than two fold with replacements.

“Is it a big number? Yes, but the style of play that we offer now is created for guys who can make a play in space,” Gundy said. “We want to get 85 or 90 plays a game. And if we're going to do that, we've got to have a lot of guys we can roll in.

“Otherwise, if fatigue becomes a factor for us, we might as well slow down. We would prefer a number of skill guys who can stay fresh throughout the game, which should allow fatigue to set in on the defense in the second half.”

Among the new Cowboys wideouts, three could challenge for immediate playing time: Brandon Sheperd, C.J. Curry and Blake Webb.

Sheperd, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound speedster out of Creve Coeur, Mo., is listed by as the nation's No. 16 wide receiver prospect.

“He's got great skill, can make a play in space,” Gundy said.

Curry, from Flowery Branch, Ga., was an early Georgia commitment, before a summer visit to Stillwater born out of curiosity became much more – a flip to OSU. And Curry remained committed, even as prominent programs tugged at him.

A big receiver at 6-2, 185, and a coach's son, Curry could fit in quickly.

“He's very far along, physically,” Gundy said.


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