With Oklahoma State basketball coach Travis Ford landing a huge in-state recruit with the signing of Douglass point guard Stephen Clark, Cowboy fans might be wondering if that will benefit Mike Gundy in his pursuit of Clark's younger brother.
Deondre Clark, a 6-foot-3, 240-pound junior defensive end, has been hotly pursued by the Cowboys, the first team to offer him a scholarship in the summer. Clark had 22 sacks in 11 games this season.
While Deondre said he has learned a lot watching his brother go through the recruiting process, he doesn't feel Stephen's signing will impact him as he makes his decision.
“I'm just looking for the best fit for me,” Deondre Clark said. “It was overwhelming watching him go through it, and very exciting to see him pick the school he's gonna be playing at. But I gotta go to a school that's for me.”
THE GOOD AND BAD OF FLIPS
Oklahoma State has been on the good and bad side of recruits flipping their commitments lately.
Just a couple weeks after losing one verbal commitment to another school, Oklahoma State had one flip its way when Tre Flowers decommitted from Arizona State and settled on the Cowboys instead.
Offensive lineman Rami Hammad of Irving, Texas, withdrew his commitment to OSU and picked Baylor earlier this month. He was one of two Irving High offensive linemen committed to OSU. Jaxon Salinas remains with the Cowboys.
Flowers is the third safety in the 2013 recruiting class, along with two more Texas prospects, Deric Robertson of Killeen and Jordan Sterns of Cibolo.
Now, 14 of OSU's 18 commitments are from Texas.
LEE'S SUMMIT PROSPECT CITED
Jamone Boyd, a senior defensive end at Lee's Summit (Mo.) West, had a scholarship offer from Oklahoma State, but it's likely the Cowboys and many other teams will back off their pursuit of the 6-foot-4 defensive end after an incident last week.
Boyd was detained at school after a school administrator found marijuana in his car, according to reports. Police said the administrator and a school resource officer were talking to Boyd after the discovery when he tried to run. The officer had to use a Taser gun twice to subdue him.
Boyd was issued municipal citations for resisting a law enforcement officer and possession of marijuana.
COWBOYS EXTEND OFFER TO KICKER
Oklahoma State appears to be in good standing with kicker Ben Grogan, who the Cowboys recently offered a scholarship, according to Internet reports.
The Cowboys will be looking for someone to fill the void of senior Quinn Sharp, who handles kickoffs, field goals and punts.
Grogan, who plays for Martin High School in Arlington, Texas, has offers from Kansas and Memphis, but says he likes OSU.
“I think right now it's where I'm going to go,” Grogan told Rivals.com. “I'm not committing there yet but that's the No. 1 school for me right now that I want to go to unless something else comes up.”