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Several hidden gems in ’09, Part II

by John Helsley Published: April 29, 2011
Michael Harrison has shown flashes of excellence.
Michael Harrison has shown flashes of excellence.

by Brandon Chatmon
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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

Dameron Fooks, receiver

Rivals ranking: Zero stars

Scout ranking: N/A

Other offers: None.

Impact on the program: Was solid in his only season as a Cowboy with 10 catches for 173 yards and a touchdown as a sophomore. He eventually quit football to focus on academics.

Analysis: Fooks was a great find who appeared poised to be a contributor during his final two years on campus but elected to leave the program.

 

LeRon Furr, linebacker

Rivals ranking: 3 stars

Scout ranking: 3 stars

Other offers: Ole Miss, Arkansas, North Carolina State and others

Impact on the program: A very talented player who could earn a key role on OSU’s defense this season after missing much of his redshirt freshman year with a knee injury.

Analysis: His ability is unquestioned but he hasn’t stepped up to seize a significant role in OSU’s defense. Still a good get.

 

Parker Graham, tackle

Rivals ranking: 2 stars

Scout ranking: 2 stars

Other offers: Arkansas State, Missouri State, Wyoming, Northern Illinois

Impact on the program: Graham is one of the reasons OSU has better depth along the offensive line than at any point in coach Mike Gundy’s tenure. He’s a talented player stuck behind other talented players.

Analysis: Another great find by offensive line coach Joe Wickline.

 

Michael Harrison, receiver

Rivals ranking: 2 stars

Scout ranking: 2 stars

Other offers: Arizona, Colorado State, Wyoming, UTEP

Impact on the program: Harrison is poised to become a playmaker in OSU’s offense after showing flashes as a redshirt freshman. He has the talent and size to be a difference maker before his Cowboy career is over.

Analysis: Another example of excellent evaluation by the Pokes. A two-star recruit who could end up being a difference maker on offense.

 

Darius Hart, defensive end

Rivals ranking: 3 stars

Scout ranking: 3 stars

Other offers: Kansas State, Louisville, Louisiana Tech, Troy, UAB

Impact on the program: Hart was a solid backup defensive end and special teams player during his two seasons for the Cowboys.

Analysis: A decent pickup who provided depth and versatility during his time in Stillwater.


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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