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Oklahoma State football: Cowboys' early commitments looking better as time goes on

The national analysts are taking a liking to OSU’s early commitments. At, recent cornerback commitment Jaylon Lane has been upgraded from three stars to four.
by John Helsley Published: May 25, 2014

Running back Ronald Jones III, already considered the No. 3 back in the country by, was a four-star prospect when he announced his pledge to the Cowboys back in early April. Now the buzz is he’s headed for five-star status.

And Norman North’s John Kolar, generally considered a three-star quarterback, has always been perceived as a sure riser, having burst into the picture last season after taking over for injured David Cornwell, an Alabama signee.’s recruiting rankings show OSU with three Top 100 prospects — more than any other Big 12 school — in Jones at No. 50, Lane No. 73 and Kolar No. 82.

Texas and Texas Tech, the only other conference schools owning a commitment in the Top 100, have two each.

So at least for now, this Cowboys’ class projects a clear shine.

Remember, OSU must be selective in this class, with fewer scholarships to give because to a small senior class. So the strong early news, even if it’s a gloss applied by the recruiting analysts, suggests Cowboys coaches have selected good ones.

by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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