Almost everyone from Oklahoma State’s 2009 recruiting class has reported to campus for the final weeks of summer in preparation for fall camp the first week of August. Many of the Cowboys’ incoming freshmen arrived last week, including in-state recruits quarterback Clint Chelf of Enid and Tulsa Union running back Jeremy Smith. Also among the freshmen arriving on campus was Guthrie standout Donte’ Foster, who is walking on. A member of The Oklahoman’s 2008 All-State football team, Foster was lightly recruited because of an expectation that he would play basketball in college. OSU began recruiting him late, considering him both as a defensive back and receiver. Foster said he will play receiver this fall. All players must report to campus by Aug. 4.
Pokes getting their NFL shotEveryone knows former Cowboy Brandon Pettigrew is staying busy with the Detroit Lions this summer after the tight end was selected No. 20 overall in April’s NFL Draft. But a few other Cowboys from the 2008 squad went the free-agent route and are getting some work in NFL mini-camps. Cornerback Jacob Lacey signed a free-agent contract with the Indianapolis Colts just after the draft and continues to participate in organized team activities. Offensive lineman David Washington was signed by Seattle in mid-May, and safety Ricky Price caught on with the Kansas City Chiefs. After a brief stint with Tampa Bay after the draft, punter Matt Fodge was recently brought in by Dallas, though it’s likely his pro future is not with the Cowboys. They have Pro Bowl punter Mat McBriar on the roster as he works back from a broken foot suffered last season. Fodge was essentially brought in to rest McBriar as he returns from the injury during the Cowboys’ June mini-camp, but the experience could lead to further opportunities with other teams.