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Oklahoma State football: Cowboys making more of less?

Coach Mike Gundy said OSU has more recruiting inroads than ever, but “we still don't have them like Texas does.”
by John Helsley Published: September 24, 2012

For whatever it's worth, Texas' recruiting classes regularly rank well ahead of Oklahoma State's.

On the field, it hasn't been worth much — the Cowboys own a two-game winning streak in the series, with both victories coming in Austin.

Recent results prompt a question: who's the better evaluators, recruiting analysts or Cowboys coaches? Or this: Does OSU do a better job of coaching guys up?

“I think the staff we have right now is the best recruiting staff we've had in my eight years here,” said Cowboys coach Mike Gundy. “But we have to dig a little deeper and go a little further with less.

“We have more recruiting inroads now than we ever have, but we still don't have them like Texas does.”

Gundy does, however, like his program's chances of developing players.

“The one thing that we have now, that we like … our system here we think is as good as anybody's in the country with what we do, from top to bottom,” he said. “All the things that factor in that people may not know about.

“So if we bring in a player who in somebody's opinion is a two-star, and another school brings in a kid who's a two-star — and let's just say they've been evaluated the right way — we think that our system is going to make (ours) better than theirs. That's where we think we get an edge.”


Cowboys safety Daytawion Lowe on what's changed from the Arizona game to now:

“We're more focused now. Anytime you get knocked in the head, you start to pay more attention.”


One month into the season, Texas quarterback David Ash has turned many skeptics into cautious believers.

As a freshman during Texas' rough 2011 season, Ash threw eight interceptions and only four touchdowns. But through three games as a sophomore this year, all decisive Longhorn wins, he's thrown seven touchdowns and no picks.

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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