Marcell Ateman, a four-star wide receiver from East High School in Wylie, Texas, announced on Twitter Wednesday night that he had committed to Oklahoma State.
That now makes six wide receivers that have committed to the Cowboys since the calendar turned to 2012. Three were late additions to the 2012 class that signed with the Cowoys–Jhajuan Seales, Austin Hays and Jesse Vester. One was Chance Allen, who committed to OSU in January before switching to Oregon on Signing Day. Then there’s Ateman and Fred Ross, another four-star receiver from Tyler, Texas who was the first 2013 commit.
Those figures don’t include C.J. Curry, Brandon Sheperd and Blake Webb, receivers who all committed in 2011 and signed with OSU as part of the 2012 class.
This all emphasizes the importance of receivers in the Cowboys’ spread offense. Eight receivers caught at least 10 passes for the Cowboys last season, and it’s fair to say that they will need a greater contribution from more players in 2012 after losing Justin Blackmon and Josh Cooper.
Even when OSU only loses two receivers following the 2012 season–Tracy Moore and Isaiah Anderson–consistently reloading is still necessary. Michael Harrison’s unexpected suspension and departure is a perfect example of why.
But the biggest difference between the receivers that signed at the end of the 2012 recruiting season and the ones that have committed early for the 2013 class?
Seales, Hays and Vester were all two-star players, while Ross and Ateman are four-star players. We knew the 2013 class is really where we’d see how OSU’s historic 2011 season would affect recruiting, and so far it’s been understandably positive.
The Cowboys signed three four-star players in February (Curry, quarterback Wes Lunt and linebacker Seth Jacobs). They’ve already got two committed–and at the same position.
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