Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Bill Young is counting on defensive tackle Chris Donaldson to make a big impact on the Cowboys' defense this season.
Donaldson, at 6-foot-1, 299 pounds, is expected to be a starter and key contributor on the Pokes' interior.
"He knows what my potential is," Donaldson said of Young. "Coach always tells me to use my best assets. That's what he expects from me, to cause corruption in the backfield and penetrate a lot. I think I can do it a little bit, he thinks I can do it a lot."
Donaldson, a senior, is off to a good start, with two safeties in the Cowboys' first scrimmage on Saturday.
OSU's class ranked No. 16 in the nation
The Cowboys have the 16th-ranked recruiting class in the nation for 2011, according to ESPN.com. Running back Herschel Sims of Abiliene, Texas, and quarterback J.W. Walsh of Denton (Texas) Guyer headline the Pokes' group of commitments. Here's the website's analysis of the two offensive standouts:
On Sims: "Sims is a very well-rounded and has big-play potential on any touch. He is a highly productive rusher with a knack for finding the end zone and carrying his team."
On Walsh: "Walsh is one of the better quarterbacks in this class and has been well-coached. His delivery is lightning-quick, the ball jumps out of his hand smoothly and with zip. He possesses that tough swagger you want and he can play in the spread or from under center."
There has been constant chatter about the speed of true freshman cornerback Justin Gilbert since he stepped on campus this summer. Gilbert ran a 10.74 in the 100-meter dash as a senior at Huntsville (Texas) High School last year and is already considered among the fastest players on the roster.