Quarterback prospect nearing decisionA week from now, Oklahoma State could know whether it has a quarterback commitment for the 2009 recruiting class.
San Antonio prospect Drew Allen is expected to announce his intentions early next week, according to Alamo Heights High School head coach Don Byrd. "Monday is our first day of practice, and he wants to get it done around that time,” Byrd said. Allen recently told RebelSports.com that he currently favors Mississippi, with Oklahoma State second on his list of five potential schools. Oklahoma, which according to Byrd, made a scholarship offer late last week, is third, ahead of Purdue and Vanderbilt. Interestingly, Ole Miss already has a commitment from quarterback Clayton Moore, who also received an offer from Oklahoma State. Allen, 6-foot-5, 200 pounds, threw for nearly 2,600 yards and 25 touchdowns as a junior, leading Alamo Heights to a 10-2 record in a one-back, spread offense. Academics won't be an issue for Allen either. Byrd said his QB has been accepted to Harvard. •Practice time adjusted: OSU announced that today's morning practice will begin at 8 a.m., rather than the originally scheduled 9:30. The afternoon session is still slated for 5 p.m. Today's practices are the last two practices open to fans. •Looking for another RB: True freshman Travis Miller, a 5-foot-9, 189-pounder from Marlin, Texas, was used as the third-team running back Monday with junior Keith Toston temporarily sidelined by a knee injury. Sophomore Kendall Hunter continues to run with the first team, and junior-college transfer Beau Johnson has been his backup. Kye Staley, a true freshman from Guthrie, was the fourth-team running back in Monday's practice. Toston is expected back in a little more than a week, but even with the depth, coach Mike Gundy hasn't ruled out using one of his freshmen this season. "Kye and Travis are alternating, but Travis is maybe a little further ahead of him right now,” Gundy said.
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Mike Gundy directs players during OSU's practice on Sunday. The Cowboys have adjusted today's practice times. by MATT STRASEN, THE OKLAHOMAN