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OSU recruiting: Broken Arrow's Zac Veatch plans to play both ways

BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, Modified: January 14, 2012 at 7:54 pm •  Published: January 14, 2012

STILLWATER — Wilson Youman was Oklahoma State's throwback player this past season, taking snaps on both sides of the ball as a tight end and defensive end.

Zac Veatch may be the next guy to fill that role.

The 6-foot-4, 245-pound prospect from Broken Arrow was an All-State defensive lineman but also played tight end. And OSU coaches have told him to expect to play both ways as a Cowboy.

Veatch, who committed to OSU in September and will take his official visit to Stillwater next weekend, talked with The Oklahoman's Gina Mizell about his feelings about Signing Day (Feb. 1), his time in the stands at Boone Pickens Stadium this past season and how the coaches plan to use him on both sides of the ball.

What are your emotions like heading into Signing Day?

“I'm really excited about it, for sure. My family's really excited about it. They're behind me 100 percent. Going down there and watching their games and watching how they do this year, it's definitely a reassuring feeling.”

You committed to OSU pretty early. A lot of recruits wait until right before Signing Day to make a decision. Is it nice knowing you don't have to do that?

“Yeah, definitely. I don't have to worry about it. I think my mom was probably more stressed about it than I was over the summer and the season. But it's definitely good to get it out of the way and not have to be talking to all the coaches and going down for visits and all that. Just relaxing is definitely a good feeling.”

What most impressed you about OSU?

“Talking to all the coaches, they all really seemed like really great guys and great coaches. And my mom definitely liked it. It's an hour-and-a-half away from home, so I can come home on the weekends and see her and make sure she doesn't get too lonely with my dad.”

You mentioned that you've seen OSU in person this season. Which games did you go to and what has it been like watching the success the Cowboys had this past season?

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