STILLWATER — Glancing through Oklahoma State’s 2010 commitment list, it might look like Mike Gundy is back to business as usual.
Just three months after Gundy signed a personal-high seven Oklahoma high school players in the 2009 recruiting class, it might seem the coach is again chasing Texas prospects above all else, like he did in his first four signing classes.
But don’t be fooled. Gundy recently praised the increasing talent level of Oklahoma high school football, and he’s backing up his comment by once again targeting a high number of in-state players.
In addition, Gundy and his coaching staff have targeted Okies at some of their most important positions of need: quarterback, cornerback, linebacker, defensive tackle.
Sand Springs quarterback Johnny Deaton is already on board. He was the Cowboys’ first oral commitment in February and showed off his skills last month at an Elite 11 regional camp in Fort Worth, Texas.
Though the Cowboys got commitments from two cornerbacks in the last week, they’re still going hard after Carl Albert’s Tre’Vante Porter, who would be the best of the cornerback group if he joins the mix.
A few defensive tackles in the state are drawing attention from the Cowboys, which is perhaps the most important position in the 2010 recruiting class, along with cornerback. Tulsa Washington’s Calvin Barnett appears to be surfacing as the top prospect there, gaining interest from a variety of schools.