Former Oklahoma State defensive end Cooper Bassett hinted — or hoped — on Twitter Tuesday that Tyus Bowser's abrupt decommitment from the Cowboys would open up a last-minute scholarship for his younger brother, Dawson.
Big bro got his wish.
Dawson Bassett, a Tuttle product, got an offer from OSU coach Mike Gundy on Wednesday and committed to the Cowboys, Tuttle coach Phil Koons said.
Dawson, OSU's first in-state commitment in the 2013 class, sports a 6-foot-4, 215-pound frame with good speed and athletic ability.
“He's one of the best players we've had in my time here,” Koons said. “He's a great athlete and he's been a great player for us. He'll do well up there. He's really excited about it.”
Koons was unsure which side of the ball the Cowboys project the younger Bassett to play. He could be a linebacker or a receiving tight end, similar to what the Cowboys did with Blake Jackson this past season.
As a linebacker and receiver at Tuttle, Bassett finished with 106 tackles, six interceptions and four sacks, along with 780 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns on just 32 catches.
Missouri had begun to show strong interest in Bassett recently, and Koons felt an offer might be coming. But OSU jumped in first, landing the second player from a passionate OSU family.
SOUTHEAST'S MCDOWELL RECOVERING WELL
After a scary night Tuesday, Southeast basketball player Deshawn McDowell regained feeling in his legs and is recovering well following an injury during a game against Douglass, Southeast coach Walt Brewer said Wednesday.
With three minutes remaining, McDowell tripped as he drove through the lane, stumbling to the floor beneath the basket, unable to move his lower body. He lay there for nearly 20 minutes awaiting a stretcher, and was taken to the hospital wearing a neck brace.
There was no spinal injury, and the exact cause of his loss of feeling couldn't be pinpointed, but doctors believed his body might have overheated and gone into shock when he fell to the court.
McDowell spent the night in the hospital, receiving intravenous fluids, and the feeling returned overnight. He is expected to return to action for third-ranked Class 5A Southeast after a couple days of rest.
UHLES COMMITS TO PITT STATE
Norman North linebacker Jaxon Uhles committed to Pittsburg State on Tuesday.
Uhles helped the Timberwolves to the Class 6A state title game as a senior.
He had 163 tackles and four sacks on defense while scoring six touchdowns in the Timberwolves' “U-Haul” package in short-yardage situations with Uhles at quarterback.
Uhles was named to The Oklahoman's Big All-City first team and was a second-team All-State selection.
EARP COMMITS TO COLORADO-PUEBLO
Southmoore linebacker Cody Earp committed to Colorado State-Pueblo last weekend, becoming the eighth SaberCats player to make his college decision.
Earp had 70 tackles this season.
CSU-Pueblo went 12-1 this season, falling in the NCAA Division II quarterfinals.
In addition to Earp, Terrance Bonner (East Central), Dapree Carson (Arkansas Tech), Karltrell Henderson (Southwestern Oklahoma State), Johnathan Martin (Southern Nazarene), Jackson Stallings (Yale) and Nick Ward (Wofford) are expected to sign next Wednesday.
In addition, D.J. Ward, who attended Southmoore for the first semester but didn't play due to an OSSAA ruling, is already in school at Oklahoma.
Jake Spradling is still making his college decision but is likely to sign next week as well.
Piedmont-Tuttle dual should determine top seed
Tuttle hosts Piedmont Thursday night in a wrestling dual that has state tournament implications.
“It's an important dual. It kind of determine seedings for duals state,” Tuttle coach Matt Surber said.
Both Tuttle and Piedmont have qualified to the Class 4A state wrestling dual championships in Cushing on Feb. 9.
The winner of Thursday night's dual likely will get the top seed from the west in the dual state championships. The other two schools from the west side of the state in the tourney are Blackwell and Weatherford.
Locust Grove, Wagoner, Bristow and Vinita are the four qualifiers from the eastern side of the state in Class 4A.
It is the first time in school history that Piedmont has qualified for the dual state tournament. Tuttle is seeking its fourth straight dual state title and is currently ranked No. 1 in Class 4A.
Tuttle is 8-2 in duals this season, losing only to 6A's Broken Arrow and traditional power Allen, Texas. The Tigers' dual with Piedmont begins at 6 p.m.
“I like to have tough duals at the end of the year,” Surber said. "It kind of gets us ready (for the state tournament).”
DESTINY CHRISTIAN PAIR GARNERING INTEREST
Destiny Christian offensive lineman Shaun Edwards and running back Dion'Tay Washington are quietly receiving interest from recruiters across the state.
Edwards, who is 6-foot-7 and 315 pounds, was receiving interest early from Houston, but now is likely to remain closer to home at either East Central University, Oklahoma Baptist or Emporia State (Kan.), according to assistant coach John Morstad.
Washington recently visited Tulsa, but has not received an offer, Morstad said.
Destiny Christian won the OCSAA Class 3A state championship in the fall.
CONFERENCE SWIM CHAMPIONSHIPS AT HARRAH
The Suburban Conference Swim Championships are at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in Harrah.
Deer Creek, Shawnee, Carl Albert, Piedmont and Chickasha are competing.