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OSU insider in-depth: Tommie Saunders

by John Helsley Published: December 11, 2009

by Brandon Chatmon
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With recruiting season in full swing, I will be evaluating all 26 prospects who are currently committed to the Oklahoma State football program. I will go in alphabetical order and will post three or four evaluations per day during the next week.

My evaluations will conclude next Friday when I rank OSU’s commitments including their chances of having an immediate impact in Stillwater.

Tommie Saunders, San Antonio (Texas) Madison

Position: Linebacker

Ht, Wt: 6-1, 200

Vitals: 4.5 in 40, 33-inch vertical

Picked OSU over… Oklahoma, LSU, Florida State, Nebraska, Texas Tech, Missouri, Arizona, Utah

Pros: Saunders is a very athletic linebacker who could fit in perfectly in the Cowboys system. He may even be able to play a little safety. He is a hard hitter and physical player. The perfect prototype to play linebacker against the explosive spread offenses in college football.

Cons: Could use a year in the weight room, especially to play linebacker in the Big 12.

Expect an impact in… 2010. I could see him playing right away because his athleticism, aggressiveness and hitting ability, but a year in the Cowboys’ strength and conditioning program would be very helpful.

Here’s Saunders in action:

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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