STILLWATER — Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy on Thursday called the Cowboys' 2014 signing class the most complete group of recruits he's reeled in as coach.
The Cowboys' class does fill key needs at linebacker and in the secondary, while also supplying offensive playmakers like quarterback Mason Rudolph and receivers Tyreek Hill and Kennen Brown.
But when we really know the validity of Gundy's assessment? Try in 3-5 years, when the bulk of this class morphs from prospects with potential to expected contributors.
With that in mind, it's always interesting to look back at the signing class of prospects that became Cowboys five years ago.
Here's a rundown of the 2009 class:
Four-star prospects: Daytawion Lowe, S; Anthony Morgan, OL; Dexter Pratt, ATH; Jeremy Smith, RB; Brandon Webb, OL
The verdict: Three eventual starters here (though Smith was benched midway through the 2013 season) and two burnouts.
Lowe was the best of the bunch, leading the Cowboys with 97 tackles as a sophomore in 2011 and earned second-team All-Big 12 honors as a senior in 2013.
Pratt left the program in 2010 when he was behind Smith and Kendall Hunter on the depth chart, while Morgan was a perennial backup.
Three-star prospects: Jordan Barnes, LB; Michael Bowie, OL; Clint Chelf, QB; LeRon Furr, LB; Darius Hart, DE; Horace Hubbard, DT; Andrew Hudson, DE; Andrae May, DB; Joe Mitchell, ATH; Tracy Moore, TE; David Paulsen, DE; Colton Richardson, LB; Anthony Rogers, DE
The verdict: A mixed bag here, as well.
Chelf's wild journey at quarterback ended with being named to the All-Big 12 second team in 2013. Moore, when healthy, was one of the Cowboys' best offensive playmakers as a big, physical option at inside and outside receiver. Mitchell and Rogers were underrated pieces of the OSU defense.
The guy with the weirdest journey is Bowie.
First, he needed to go the junior college route before returning to OSU to contribute in 2011. Then, after putting himself in position to start at left tackle in 2012, he was dismissed for violating team rules and wound up at Northeastern State. Last week, he became a Super Bowl champ as a member of the Seattle Seahawks.
Two-star recruits: Mike Eargle, DB; Parker Graham, OL; Michael Harrison, WR; Andrew McGee, DB; Charlie Moore, QB; Ryan Robinson, DE
The verdict: This is where OSU's ability to develop players particularly shines.
McGee and Graham both evolved into All-Big 12 performers. Robinson and Moore (who switched to receiver) both became starters.
No-star recruits: Levy Adcock, OL; Dameron Fooks, WR
The verdict: Is Adcock the biggest recruiting steal during Gundy's tenure?
The Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Junior College product developed into an All-American as a key cog on OSU's line during the 2011 Big 12 title run.
Some will argue Brandon Weeden for this title, but remember, he was a walk-on, not a signee.