College football recruiting: OU, OSU both go young with offseason coaching moves

For the Sooners, the big changes came up front on both sides of the ball with Bill Bedenbaugh coming from West Virginia to take over the offensive line and Jerry Montgomery coming from Michigan to coach the defensive line.
by Ryan Aber Modified: August 27, 2013 at 9:00 am •  Published: August 25, 2013

Of the six new assistant coaches brought on board by Oklahoma and Oklahoma State during the offseason, only new Sooners tight ends and special teams coach Jay Boulware has coached in the SEC.

But it's not hard to see the conference's fingerprints on the moves at both OU and OSU.

For the Sooners, the big changes came up front on both sides of the ball with Bill Bedenbaugh coming from West Virginia to take over the offensive line and Jerry Montgomery coming from Michigan to coach the defensive line.

Part of the impact of Bedenbaugh and Montgomery so far has been the bulking up of linemen on both sides, with an increased emphasis on weight room work in the offseason.

Bedenbaugh especially has already had a big impact in recruiting. In addition to the one offensive lineman committed for the 2014 class, both 2015 commits for the Sooners are offensive lineman and Lawton offensive lineman Jalin Barnett has been a frequent visitor to Norman.

At Oklahoma State, the moves as they relate to competing with the SEC were based largely on recruiting.

The Cowboys' coaching staff — with the additions of offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich, defensive line coach Joe Bob Clements and safeties coach Tim Duffie — got plenty younger.

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by Ryan Aber
Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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