By Anthony Slater – Aslater@opubco.com - @anthonyVslater
Four-star wide receiver Fred Ross was Oklahoma State’s first commit for the 2013 class, pledging to the Cowboys last February.
And throughout the next year, he remained verbally linked to OSU, expected to make the pairing official with a signature on Wednesday.
But as has become common this time of year, there was an 11th hour change of heart, with news surfacing late Tuesday that Ross switched his commitment and will sign with Mississippi State on Wednesday (as first reported by ESPN’s Damon Sayles).
No doubt, it’s a big loss for the Cowboys. Ross was considered the gem of OSU’s talented wide receiver class. He’s 6-foot-1, 200 pounds, quick, strong and productive.
But OSU is still expected to land two four-star wideouts (Marcell Ateman and Ra’Shaad Samples) on Wednesday. And they’ve got plenty coming back at the position next year (Tracy Moore, Josh Stewart and Charlie Moore, to name a few).
So it’s not devastating for the Cowboys. But it’s certainly disappointing.