Will the Cowboys be among the favorites to win the Big 12 South next year, and could they be a preseason top 10 team?
The second is more likely than the first, but both are possibilities. Oklahoma loses most of its offensive line, a couple of key defensive players and possibly quarterback Sam Bradford. Texas loses its starting defensive line and a few other important players, though quarterback Colt McCoy has said he will return.
Still, the Cowboys have more returning players from a team that wasn’t too far behind this season. They have a much easier schedule next season, and they get Texas in Stillwater.
As for being in the preseason top 10, a win in the Holiday Bowl could almost lock that up. A 10-win team with as many pivotal players returning will make the Cowboys stand out next preseason.
With six in-state high school players committed, will this be Mike Gundy’s best recruiting performance in Oklahoma?
Yes, in quality and quantity. In fact, it’s the largest in-state haul since Les Miles took 10 in 2003. But even that class couldn’t stack up to the talent Gundy has landed so far this year.
With the addition of Sand Springs offensive lineman Michael Bowie, who orally committed on Friday, OSU has six in-state commitments, five of whom are on The Oklahoman’s Super 30. And OSU has three of the top six players on the Super 30 in Tulsa Union running back Jeremy Smith (No. 3), Owasso offensive lineman Brandon Webb (No. 4) and Carl Albert safety Daytawion Lowe (No. 6).
Could OSU end up with any other in-state players in the 2009 class?
Tulsa Union’s Tracy Moore is probably the most likely. The trick with Moore, 6-foot-4, 230 pounds, is figuring out what position he’ll play at the next level.