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?
“I watched them play K-State and Baylor and went to the Bedlam game. That was really exciting. It's definitely just reassuring to know that I'm going to be playing out on that field next year and be under those same coaches that coached a team that played so well this year. My friends are more freaking out about it than I am. I bring a couple friends down there every time. They're like ‘Man, you're going to be playing out there next year.' It hasn't really hit me yet. Probably when I get out there, though.”
What are your biggest strengths as a player?
“Definitely versatility and being able to play both sides of the ball. And being coachable. I pride myself on really listening to what coaches have to say and trying to apply that every day in practice and during the games.”
You played both tight end and defensive line in high school. What have the OSU coaches told you about your role with the Cowboys?
“They said I'll come in the first year and play tight end. And depending on how I do, we'll see if I'm going to stay at tight end or maybe move over to defense my second or third year.”
Where did you most improve your senior year of high school?
“Definitely taking a leadership role. We actually had a leadership class the summer before my senior season. Just being a leader out on the field in front of all the underclassmen and taking responsibility for doing my job, what I had to do. It wasn't always scoring touchdowns. It was making a tackle on defense or making a block to put the running back in the end zone.”
What do you most want to improve on in your first season at OSU?
“Getting bigger and faster and stronger.”
What are you most looking forward to about coming to OSU?
“The whole next chapter of my career. I've lived at home for 18 years, now I'm going to go live an hour and a half away in Stillwater and meet a whole bunch of new people and new coaches. Starting another part of my life, I guess, is what I'm most excited about.”