STILLWATER — Oklahoma State offensive line coach Bob Connelly said Saturday he’s “slept a little easier at night” over the past week.
Apparently, the stress from months of hopping on and off airplanes and scouting hundreds of football players across the nation can wear you out. And when two of those recruits verbally commit like they did last week, rest comes a little easier.
Over the span of three days last week, OSU picked up two offensive line commits for its 2015 class — Joshua Jones of Bush High School (Texas) and Brandon Pertile of Mesa Community College (Arizona). The Cowboys also previously received a verbal commitment from Johnny Wilson of Midland Christian High School (Texas).
Each is ranked as a three-star prospect by Rivals.
Connelly can’t comment on those three players until when, or if, they officially sign with the Cowboys come February. But he did explain how important they were to an upcoming class in dire need of offensive linemen.
“It’s a big, big, big need of ours,” Connelly said. “Getting those two additions gets us to three and we’re looking to get two more guys. Potentially one junior college (and) one more high school player, because of the guys we lost last year and then obviously moving forward with three seniors this year.”
Connelly was added to the OSU coaching staff after the 2014 class was signed, so these three recruits are the first of his Cowboy tenure.
Connelly said he’s been working “tirelessly” in recruiting since he arrived in Stillwater.
“For me, it’s been a big challenge,” Connelly said. “I’ve had to scout all over, and when you add junior college prospects, we have to expand outside Oklahoma and Texas or surrounding states. So it required a lot of travel for me this spring. Through mid-April all the way through the month of May, I was out just about every day in an airport flying all over the country trying to find guys.”