Jones ranks as the nation’s No. 2 running back by Rivals.com, a big-play threat who ran for 2,406 yards and 39 touchdowns as a junior. Bakari is Scout.com’s No. 25 defensive tackle, an athletic and versatile player at a position always in demand.
Kolar is a quarterback on the rise, already making ESPN.com’s Top 300 list, despite only one partial season as a starter, stepping in for the Timberwolves when Alabama recruit David Cornwell was lost to injury last season.
Wilson, at 6-foot-5 and 280, already has good size, making him a candidate to provide depth immediately, with the offensive line the position most pressing for help. Already thin across the front, the Cowboys lose three senior linemen after this season. Conservatively, four scholarships could go to addressing the offensive line.
Where else will OSU focus? Gundy has said he’d like to sign two quarterbacks. Defensive tackle needs more attention, as 2014 starters James Castleman and Ofa Hautau are seniors and no scholarship juniors can be found on the roster. A junior college addition is likely. If the Cowboys get serious about reemphasizing the tight end position, help is needed there, preferably a premium prospect.
Beyond those areas, players will likely be sprinkled in across the board.
The Cowboys have four commitments to date. Coaches are carefully — and selectively — working their short lists.
And they may even have some help attracting top prospects.
"That's actually the plan and I'm working on that now,” Jones said in an interview with Rivals.com, “because I've made a lot of friends throughout this process and I'm going to try to get a good class to come with me. That's my job. I told the coaches I would do that."