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

Oklahoma State’s contribution to the 2014 NFL Draft: one player.

Key player, however, it seems.

Thursday’s first round saw Cowboys cornerback Justin Gilbert go at No. 8 overall.

Sunday’s news saw hotly pursued high school cornerback Jaylon Lane commit to OSU.

A connection?

The Cowboys keep putting corners in the NFL, with Gilbert the latest of the Mike Gundy era, joining Darrent Williams, Perrish Cox and Jacob Lacey – who have all started in the pros.

And OSU cornerbacks coach Van Malone, who is proving to be a dynamic recruiter, deserves major credit for helping Gilbert get back on track following his subpar junior year, adding a player development aspect to OSU’s selling points.

"Ever since these guys started recruiting me, and they've recruited me hard, Coach Malone did a good job of recruiting me,” Lane, a standout from Nacogdoches, Texas, told Scout.com. “And when I went up there it felt like family and there was a lot of love and support.

“Then with my height and ability, I believe Coach Malone can take me to the next level.”

The next level is what it’s all about.

Lane, as he alluded, has premium size for a corner at 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds. He officially revealed his decision via Twitter Sunday morning, later saying it was a bit of a Mother’s Day gift: “I'm officially committed to Oklahoma State. #Gopokes.”

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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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