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OSU football: Big season starting to pay recruiting dividends for Cowboys

At this time in 2011, OSU had five commitments, including one four-star prospects. This year, the Fiesta Bowl champions have 14 commitments, with four being four-star prospects.
BY ANTHONY SLATER Staff Writer Published: July 14, 2012

And OSU's star-powered pass-catch combo, Justin Blackmon and Brandon Weeden, were center stage, both taken within the first 22 picks.

In less than a year, the Cowboys showed a nation full of recruits they could develop and win on the college level before cashing in at the professional one.

“Yeah, no doubt that gets your attention,” said Marcell Ateman, a four-star wideout who is committed to OSU. “Obviously, all of us hope to get to that level and they can get you there. Just look, when Blackmon came out, I don't think he wasn't that big of a recruit. But they developed him into a first-round pick.”

Along with Ateman, four-star receivers Fred Ross and Ra'Shaad Samples have committed to OSU.

All had offers to play at a variety of major programs, but all chose Stillwater, crediting the recent success and eye-popping numbers.

Not only do the Cowboys win (23 victories in two seasons), but they do it in style.

In the popular air-raid attack, Weeden threw for 9,004 yards and 71 touchdowns the past two seasons. During that same span, Blackmon had 3,304 receiving yards and 38 touchdowns.

“They love to throw the ball, so that obviously attracts me,” Ateman said. “I've been paying attention since they got Dez Bryant. They are fun to watch, so I'm sure they are fun to play for.”