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Several hidden gems in ’09, Part I

by John Helsley Published: April 29, 2011
Levy Adcock, No. 73, has developed into a All-Big 12 tackle
Levy Adcock, No. 73, has developed into a All-Big 12 tackle

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One of the main reasons for Oklahoma State’s recent rise has been quality evaluation on the recruiting trail. Running back Kendall Hunter, a two-time All-American, was a hidden gem out of Tyler, Texas and 2010 Biletnikoff Award winner Justin Blackmon was an overlooked prospect out of Plainview High School in Ardmore.

Here’s a look back at OSU’s recruiting Class of 2009 with a detailed look at each recruit, their ranking when they arrived on campus and their production or potential in the two years since joining the program. (In an effort to keep this from being the longest blog known to man, I’ll break the class into several different blogs in the next few days)

Overall class rankings

Rivals ranking: #36

Scout ranking: #45

ESPN.com ranking: unranked

Recruits

Levy Adcock, tackle

Rivals ranking: Zero stars

Scout ranking: N/A

Other offers: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado

Impact on the program: Has become one of the top offensive linemen in the Big 12 and the nation. Plays with great intensity and is extremely consistent.

Analysis: Adcock was a late addition to the Cowboys class but could easily be considered the best player in the class. A great find.

 

Jordan Barnes, linebacker

Rivals ranking: 3 stars

Scout ranking: 3 stars

Other offers: Oregon, Michigan, Purdue, Wisconsin, Louisville and others.

Impact on the program: Barnes is no longer in the program, now poised to play at Toledo for former OSU defensive coordinator Tim Beckman.

Analysis: Barnes left Stillwater after one redshirt season and never played a down for OSU. The Indiana native clearly wanted to be closer to home.

 

Michael Bowie, tackle

Rivals ranking: Zero stars

Scout ranking: N/A

Other offers: Auburn, Oklahoma, Oregon State and others.

Impact on the program: Just arrived back on campus after spending two seasons at Navarro Junior college.

Analysis: Bowie was impressive during the spring and is likely to force his way into the lineup despite the Pokes returning all five starters along the offensive line. Looks poised to be a superb find.

Clint Chelf, quarterback

Rivals ranking: 3 stars

Scout ranking: 2 stars

Other offers: Tulsa

Impact on the program: Currently serves as Brandon Weeden’s backup and could battle for the Cowboys starting quarterback job in 2012.

Analysis: A solid member of the class who has shown the ability and desire to improve during his first two years on campus. Solid get.

 

Mike Eargle, cornerback

Rivals ranking: 2 stars

Scout ranking: N/A

Other offers: None

Impact on the program: Minimal… Eargle never stepped on campus.

Analysis: Another late addition to the class but he never enrolled.

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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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