OSU football: Cowboys lose Gilbert, add key corner recruit

Sunday’s news saw hotly pursued high school cornerback Jaylon Lane commit to Oklahoma State.
by John Helsley Published: May 11, 2014
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photo - Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy speaks during a press conference before the start of spring football practice at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla., on Monday, March 10, 2014.  Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy speaks during a press conference before the start of spring football practice at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla., on Monday, March 10, 2014. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

And what a gift.

For mom.

And for the Cowboys.

Lane is currently a three-star prospect by both Scout.com and Rivals.com, yet a better indicator of his abilities might be his offers list, which includes Florida State, Florida, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Oklahoma, Georgia, Texas A&M and UCLA, but is hardly limited to those teams.

He played in San Angelo, Texas, the past two seasons at Central High, before moving to Nacogdoches. As a junior, he totaled 46 tackles and intercepted five passes, taking two picks for touchdowns. He also averaged 45.8 yards per kickoff return, with a 108-yarder for a touchdown, reflecting Gilbert in many ways.

Lane will arrive at a critical time, when projected 2014 starters Kevin Peterson and Ashton Lampkin will be seniors. The Cowboys have several promising young players at the position, including redshirt freshmen Darius Curry and Jerel Morrow, but depth – especially at corner, in today’s aerial age – can’t be overvalued.

On the recruiting side, putting players in the NFL clearly can’t be overvalued, either.

by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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