OSU football signing class of 2011 reflects step out of rebuilding mode

OSU football coach Mike Gundy says the Cowboys' 2011 signing class won't be expected to contribute right away as much as the 2010 class.
By BRANDON CHATMON, Staff Writer, bchatmon@opubco.com Published: February 2, 2011
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Bakersfield (Calif.) Community College defensive tackle Maurice Hayes and Jones County (Miss.) Community College defensive end Ryan Robinson should be able to help immediately along the Cowboys defensive line.

Prep defensive tackles James Castleman of Amarillo (Texas), Ashaad Mabry of San Antonio (Texas) MacArthur, Alex Villareal of Hidalgo (Texas) and Mike Mustafa of Katy (Texas) Cinco Ranch will be counted on to help shore up OSU's defensive front.

SIGNING DAY GOES RELATIVELY SMOOTH

Poor weather and power outages in Abilene, Texas delayed the official signing of Herschel Sims but the elite running back recruited eventually inked his LOI to OSU. The Cowboys signed 27 recruits on Wednesday.

The winter snowstorm that blew through Oklahoma and impacted portions of Texas on Tuesday had a minimal effect.

“It went more smoothly than I thought,” said Gundy while noting that recruits' coaches had been good about finding a way to get signed LOIs faxed into Stillwater. “Those (high school) coaches are usually pretty reliable and it worked out today.”

POKES ADD PREP QUARTERBACKS AS ATHLETES, SLEEPERS

Richardson (Texas) athlete Torrance Carr and Alma (Ark.) receiver Isaac McCoy are two Cowboy signees who didn't have an abundance of BCS offers before the Cowboys got into the mix. Carr de-committed from North Texas to sign with OSU and McCoy spurned an offer from Central Arkansas to sign with the Pokes.

“Both played quarterback, very similar to Justin Gilbert,” Gundy said. “They were able to make a lot of plays for their teams.”

Carr could end up at several different positions while McCoy could make an impact as a receiver for the Pokes.

“You had to project what they could play,” Gundy said. “And for that reason I don't think there was as much interest from other schools but we feel very comfortable signing high school quarterbacks that have made plays for their team.”

By Brandon Chatmon

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