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OSU class will feature strong emphasis on defensive tackles

BY BRANDON CHATMON Modified: January 30, 2011 at 8:12 pm •  Published: January 30, 2011

Bowie, a junior college transfer, could have an immediate impact, but don't expect any newcomer to step in along the offensive line over the next few seasons unless they are a special talent.

4. If you're an elite talent, the Pokes will pursue you regardless of position or current needs on the roster. Sims is a perfect example. When Sims orally committed, OSU had quality, young depth at running back behind Kendall Hunter with Smith, Randle and the departed Travis Miller. Heading into 2011, Smith and Randle should be key playmakers but, as Randle proved in 2010, if you're talented enough, OSU will find a way to get you on the field. And Sims is plenty talented.

Lyndell Johnson of Plano (Texas) East might be OSU's best defensive recruit. Johnson is the perfect prospect to play STAR linebacker for the Pokes, a position that is manned by 2010 Co-Defensive Freshman of the Year Shaun Lewis.

But Bill Young and the Pokes' defensive staff have shown during his tenure that they will find a way to get the best 11 players on the field. Richetti Jones moved inside at times in 2009, and cornerback Andrew McGee played a hybrid cornerback/safety role at times in 2010. If Johnson shows he's ready to make an impact, Young will get him on the field.

5. In this era of spread offenses, you can never have too many cornerbacks. The Cowboys played three true freshmen cornerbacks in 2010, and starter Brodrick Brown just finished his sophomore season. Additionally, Andrae May has two more seasons with the Pokes. That's five young cornerbacks with some experience.

Yet, OSU plans to add two cornerbacks on signing day.

Jonovan Griffin of McKinney (Texas) Boyd and Miketavius Jones of Galena Park (Texas) North Shore are cornerback prospects. Jones could help immediately, and Griffin has great long-term potential.


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