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Oklahoma State football: Cowboys going after some big-time quarterback prospects

But after Thursday evening's surprising news that Wes Lunt will transfer, quarterback now becomes perhaps the No. 1 priority for OSU's 2014 class. And the Cowboys are going after some big-time prospects.
BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, gmizell@opubco.com Published: May 11, 2013


photo - David Cornwell during a high school football scrimmage between Bethany and Jones at Bethany Bronco Stadium, Thursday, August 22, 2012. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman.
David Cornwell during a high school football scrimmage between Bethany and Jones at Bethany Bronco Stadium, Thursday, August 22, 2012. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman.

But Tabor provides a link between Allen and OSU, as the coach is from Perkins and has family that lives in Stillwater. And as a college player for Southwest Missouri State (now Missouri State), Tabor matched up against OSU wide receivers coach Kasey Dunn when he was playing for Idaho.

Then there's another sought-after quarterback close by in Norman North's David Cornwell, the No. 2 prostyle signal-caller in the nation according to Rivals and another Elite 11 finalist after a standout performance at the Dallas Regional.

Trent Dilfer, an ESPN analyst, former NFL quarterback and head coach of the Elite 11 program, recently compared Cornwell to Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger because of his 6-5, 230-pound frame, big arm and ability to make plays outside the pocket.

Cornwell has told recruiting services he plans to make a commitment in June, with Alabama and Tennessee appearing to hold an edge.

OSU's other known quarterback offers, according to Rivals, include a pair of three-star prospects in Rock Hill (S.C.) Northwestern's Mason Rudolph and Fort Worth (Texas) All Saints Episcopal's Foster Sawyer (who committed to TCU last month).

The Cowboys have also expressed interest in two other signal-callers.

West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade's Brad Kaaya, a three-star prospect, made the trip to Stillwater for OSU's spring finale and could get an offer soon when Cowboy offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich visits this spring. Yurcich is also expected to visit Broken Arrow this spring to watch three-star prospect Coleman Key, according to Broken Arrow offensive coordinator Jay Wilkinson.

“I think there's some interest in Coleman,” Wilkinson said recently, “just with the new coordinator and new quarterbacks coach (Yurcich) coming in. He wants to come out and watch Coleman throw and be able to kind of get an evaluation on him.”

So while the immediate task for OSU is to sort out a revamped quarterback derby for 2013, much is already being done on the recruiting trail to find the Cowboys' future at the position.

A future that now does not include the possibility of Lunt still quarterbacking the Cowboys in 2016. But a future that could belong to a prepster the Cowboys are currently targeting.


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