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Cowboys' QB recruit still considering options

Modified: December 27, 2007 at 6:10 am •  Published: December 27, 2007
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Spano looks at Nebraska, Tulsa
Stephenville, Texas, quarterback Kody Spano, Oklahoma State's first commitment in the 2008 class, said on Wednesday he doesn't expect OSU to have an early entry scholarship available for him, and his top two choices are now Nebraska and Tulsa.

"Coach Gundy called and left a message for me on Christmas Eve,” Spano said. "I didn't want to call on Christmas. And I haven't had a chance to call him back (Wednesday). I don't think they can get me (a scholarship) for the spring (semester).”

Spano, the only quarterback in OSU's 2008 class, committed to the Cowboys 10 months ago. Last week coach Mike Gundy called Spano's father to inform the family a scholarship might not be available until June.

The unexpected problem occurred when two seniors on the roster failed to graduate early in December as projected and OSU signed seven junior-college players. As a result, only one high school player will be allowed to enroll early and participate in spring ball. That offer reportedly will be made to Wichita Falls, Texas, safety Markelle Martin.

Spano graduated high school early and planned to report to Stillwater in January. He said he has not talked with former OSU offensive coordinator Larry Fedora, now head coach at Southern Mississippi.

If Gundy finds a scholarship would Spano still consider OSU?

"I'm not sure after all that's happened,” Spano said. "Nothing probably will happen the next couple of days. I probably will reach a decision the next week to 10 days. I'll definitely enroll somewhere early so I can go through spring practice.”

•Late arrival: The Cowboys arrived in Tempe, Ariz., a few hours later than planned. They were supposed to fly directly to Arizona from Stillwater. OSU officials changed those plans Tuesday night after forecasts called for snow in Oklahoma.

Approximately half the team, and members of OSU's traveling party, rode a bus from Stillwater to Oklahoma City on Wednesday morning.

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Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy, left, speaks with Seth Newton during practice at Corona del Sol High School in Tempe, Ariz., on Wednesday. BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN

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