Wes Lunt is gone. Long gone now.
And so is the football signing period, when Oklahoma State — unaware then of any potential Lunt unrest — opted not to take a quarterback in the 2013 class.
In today's college football landscape, one class without a quarterback can cause queasiness. Two classes with no QB, the blunt reality in the aftermath of Lunt's departure, is downright dangerous considering the threat of injury (something OSU knows all about), as well as how fickle those playing the position can be.
Quickly, however, the Cowboys are reloading.
First they secured a 2014 commitment from Mason Rudolph, beating LSU for the services of the South Carolina standout.
And now they've got a QB for the class of 2013, too: former Georgetown, Texas, standout Jake Hubenak, who comes to the Cowboys as a walk-on, albeit one with impressive prep credentials, like a 19-1 record as a starter, including a 15-1 mark last fall as a senior, when he threw for 4,108 yards and 48 touchdowns, with just eight interceptions. Hubenak, 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds, also led Georgetown to its first state title game appearance in the Class 4A Division I finals.
GoPokes.com confirmed this week that Hubenak is enrolled and on campus at OSU, boosting the team's depth at the position.
How significant is the addition of Hubenak, who didn't receive a single major college scholarship offer? Hard to say.
Still, those numbers suggest a quarterback who can fling it, joining an offense committed to flinging it frequently. Consider, too, that he was named All-Central Texas Player of the Year by the Austin American-Statesman. Hubenak's stock would have surely been higher, if not for a serious knee injury that cost him all but four games of his junior season, which is such an influential year in the evaluation process.
Hubenak considered some smaller schools, as well as detouring his college career through a prep school, before finally deciding to join the Cowboys.
“Recruiting was probably the longest process of my life,” he told the American-Statesman. “I guess I'm pretty glad that it's over. I'm glad to know where I'm going; I'm happy with where I'm going.”
And the Cowboys must be happy to have him.
Hubenak has clearly been paying attention to OSU football, as he used Brandon Weeden as an example of what can happen in an interview with the American-Statesman. Weeden, of course, started out with the Cowboys as a walk-on, before becoming arguably the top quarterback in program history and a first-round NFL draft pick.
Hubenak's first goal is to earn a scholarship. Playing time won't come easy, not now or in the future with Clint Chelf, J.W. Walsh and Daxx Garman in place and Rudolph on the way.
Still, you can't have too many quarterbacks. Last year the Cowboys needed — and started — three.
So Hubenak is needed. And welcome.