Rome commits to CowboysMike Gundy and his Oklahoma State coaching staff continue their quick work in recruiting for 2010, landing their fifth oral commitment in the last two months. And this one they swiped from under the nose of a Big 12 Conference counterpart. Chase Rome, a 6-foot-3, 275-pound defensive end from Columbia, Mo., committed to OSU on Monday, according to multiple Internet reports. The Rock Bridge High School standout had offers from Missouri, Oklahoma and several other Big 12 schools, as well as Florida. Rome is on the Rivals.com watch list for the nation’s top 250 players, and Scout.com ranks him the No. 27 defensive end in the country.
VETS GETTING SOME RESTAs is common in spring practice, experienced players such as Zac Robinson, Kendall Hunter, Russell Okung and Perrish Cox don’t see extended action in scrimmage situations, because it’s simply not necessary. The coaches know what those players can do and are better served evaluating younger players and other backups. "Guys who have been around here and played two or three years, they’re in drills, but when we go live, I want to see the other guys play,” Gundy said. "I want to let them get tired and see if they can make a play.”
POKES HOLD SCRIMMAGEWith a 50-play scrimmage set for last Friday’s practice, which was rained out, Gundy decided to use Monday’s practice time for some live action. "We had a pretty physical practice for the last 60 or 70 plays,” the coach said. "It went well. The defense forced some turnovers, which is good.” Gundy mentioned the play of a few specific players from the scrimmage, including safety Victor Johnson, linebacker Donald Booker, cornerback Terrance Anderson, receiver Hubert Anyiam,) and running backs Beau Johnson and Kye Staley. Gundy wasn’t the only one pleased with the defensive performance. "(Defensive coordinator Bill) Young sounded pretty excited when he talked to us after the scrimmage,” senior linebacker Andre Sexton said. "He said we didn’t come out good, but we did finish, and that’s our motto. We got some turnovers — two interceptions and a fumble. You heard some pops, so no one was backing down from hits. "We’ve got a lot to build on from our first scrimmage. I think we’re heading in the right direction.” BY SCOTT WRIGHT
Rome commits to Cowboys