Oklahoma State football: Mike Gundy assures recruits that OSU will maintain status quo

Now that Gundy has committed to returning to OSU in 2013, his message is largely about maintaining the status quo. He assures recruits that the Cowboys are committed to running the same Air Raid spread offense.
by Gina Mizell Published: December 23, 2012


photo - OSU head coach Mike Gundy is pictured during a timeout during a college football game between Oklahoma State University (OSU) and the University of Louisiana-Lafayette (ULL) at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
OSU head coach Mike Gundy is pictured during a timeout during a college football game between Oklahoma State University (OSU) and the University of Louisiana-Lafayette (ULL) at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

That helps explain why quarterback Luke Del Rio decommitted from OSU the day after Monken departed for Southern Miss. Monken was also the quarterbacks coach, and Del Rio's family is close with the Monkens because of Todd's time working for Luke's father, Jack, on the Jacksonville Jaguars' staff.

But that also helps explain why, despite one key moving part and a couple other staff questions, OSU's 2013 recruiting class has largely remained intact.

The rest of the position coaches have, at least for now, stayed together.

Since the end of Gundy's part of the coaching cycle, the Cowboys have gotten two commitments — defensive back Taylor Lewis and junior college defensive end Sam Wren — and lost one in defensive end Ogbonnia Okoronkwo. Wren, as well as offensive lineman Brandon Garrett, signed with the Cowboys last week.

That group of commits includes five offensive skill players in Ross, receivers Marcell Ateman and Ra'Shaad Samples, running back Corion Webster and athlete Jerel Morrow.

Additionally, Laquon Treadwell, the top receiver recruit in the nation, has OSU in his top 3 and will visit Stillwater next month because Gundy did not leave, he told Rivals.com.

The stretch run of recruiting always features surprises. But OSU's coaching questions haven't caused much upheaval so far.

Because Gundy and those position coaches keep preaching the status quo.

by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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