Published: August 20, 2009
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No SI Jinx on the recruiting trail
The past week has delivered a flurry of positive recruiting news for Oklahoma State, with four key commitments coming in a wave, including two Wednesday.

The Cowboys added pledges from Tulsa Washington defensive tackle Calvin Barnett and Derby, Kan., cornerback Devin Hedgepeth to push their commitment total to 19.

Coincidence, or could OSU be benefiting from all the recent national attention, including a spot on the cover of Sports Illustrated and notice of the nation’s No. 1 offense from CollegeFootballNews.com?

"You never know how much you get out of a Sports Illustrated cover, College Football News, whatever they say,” said Cowboys coach Mike Gundy. "I get text messages from friends all over the country, some involved in football and some not, saying, ‘Every time we turn the TV on, something about Oklahoma State is on.

"I’m guessing that’s making a difference. That would be my guess.”

OSU now vs. KU then: No comparison
After taking over as defensive coordinator at Kansas in 2002, it took a few seasons for Bill Young to start seeing progress.

Young doesn’t anticipate the same methodical improvement in his first year at OSU.

"Oh my gosh,” Young said, "we’re so much more talented now than we were then. I don’t want to be negative, but we weren’t real talented.

"I remember the first spring practice we had there, another coach and myself looked at each other and said, ‘Oh my God, what have we gotten ourselves into?’ It was a struggle.”

Young said he’s been encouraged with the Cowboys, who draw high praise from Gundy almost daily.

"Right now, they’re doing a nice job, with very few mental errors,” Young said.



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