OSU football recruiting: Owasso's Keon Hatcher plans to visit Stillwater

RECRUITING NOTEBOOK — Arkansas commit Keon Hatcher says he plans to visit Oklahoma State and watch one of the Cowboys bowl practices in the next week. Hatcher says he's still committed to Arkansas, but he wants to see what OSU has to offer.
BY JASON KERSEY, Staff Writer, jkersey@opubco.com Modified: December 16, 2011 at 12:51 pm •  Published: December 16, 2011
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Owasso receiver Keon Hatcher, an Arkansas commit, said he is planning to attend an Oklahoma State bowl practice next week and talk more extensively with coach Mike Gundy.

“I haven't gotten to talk to him much,” Hatcher said.

Hatcher committed to Arkansas on August 1, but got the offer from the Cowboys in late November. He said he is still committed to Arkansas, but isn't ruling out Oklahoma State.

“I thought they were gonna do it a long time ago because they were talking about it, but they waited,” Hatcher said of OSU offering him.

Hatcher finished his senior season with 1,610 yards and 20 touchdowns for Owasso, which advanced to the Class 6A semifinals.

VEATCH EXPECTS TO PLAY BOTH WAYS

Broken Arrow's Zac Veatch, who committed to OSU in late September, said he is just the kind of tight end Oklahoma State needs, and it's why he expects to play as a true freshman.

“Coach (Joe) Wickline said there's not really a true, blocking tight end, so I'll probably be playing some tight end next year,” Veatch said.

“They were talking about bringing in a guy that can block, and wants to block.”

Later in his career, Veatch said, he might move over to defense. He said he loves the idea of playing both ways, and that he has grown to love playing on the defensive line.

“I used to not (prefer one side of the other), but now I really like playing defense,” Veatch said. “Getting after them and making a big hit is exciting.”

Veatch was inside Boone Pickens Stadium for the Cowboys' 44-10 rout of Bedlam rival Oklahoma.

“It was exciting, going down there and watching them whip OU,” Veatch said. “It was reassuring, knowing I'm gonna be playing under that coaching staff next year.”

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