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Gunslinger J.W. Walsh ready to play for Oklahoma State Cowboys if needed

Brandon Weeden returns for his senior season at Oklahoma State, but incoming freshman J.W. Walsh arrives in Stillwater early and ready to contribute if he's needed.
By BRANDON CHATMON, Staff Writer, Modified: January 20, 2011 at 10:15 pm •  Published: January 20, 2011

“Especially in Texas,” he said. “Being a quarterback and trying to win is a pretty big deal. Being in two state semifinals and a state championship is going to be a huge factor in how I handle the pressures of college football and how I can lead Oklahoma State to success.”

After former offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen was hired to join the coaching staff at West Virginia, Walsh reaffirmed his oral commitment to the Cowboys. Even though Holgorsen played a role in Walsh's initial commitment, the elite quarterback recruit has not wavered in his decision.

“When I made a commitment, I made it to Coach Gundy,” Walsh said. “He talked to me and told me nothing was changing with him, so nothing changed with me. There's still good things at Oklahoma State.”

With his collegiate career under way, Walsh is focused on his future at OSU. He's so excited about the possibilities that he's been recruiting fellow prospects to Stillwater.

“I'm very excited about the class I am a part of,” Walsh said. “Hopefully, it stays together because the talent is amazing. If we can put it together and work like we are supposed to work, we have the potential to be a Big 12 champion and hopefully a national champion.”