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. Linebacker will be crucial as well, with seniors at all three starting spots this fall, and Millwood’s Trayvon Henry is perhaps the top target there. OSU’s offensive line depth is better than it’s been in a while, but that won’t stop co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Joe Wickline from seeking out the best possible prospects. Wickline will be targeting tackles especially, as he stands to lose three of his top four after the year. So for that, he’ll go back to a familiar spot — Owasso. Wickline snagged Rams’ standout Brandon Webb in the 2009 class, and now he’s going after 6-foot-7, 270-pound Trent Spurgeon, who was just as dominant a blocker as Webb last season. Spurgeon says the Pokes are in his top four with Arizona, Texas Tech and SMU. Of course, there are other state players the Cowboys will go after, such as Clinton running back Delans Griffin and Midwest City defensive tackle Dominique Jones. Despite the early returns, don’t expect Gundy’s recruiting focus to stay anchored south of the Red River.
OSU football commitment list
→QB Johnny Deaton, 6-2, 190, Sand Springs →CB Deion Imade, 6-0, 185, Rowlett, Texas →LB Caleb Lavey, 6-3, 210, Celina, Texas →LB Stephen Maeweather, 6-3, 215, Houston (Sharpstown) →WR Montra Nelson, 6-3, 215, Arlington, Texas (Bowie) →DE Chase Rome, 6-3, 275, Columbia, Mo. (Rock Bridge) →QB Nathan Sorenson, 6-2, 185, Texarkana, Texas →CB Larry Stephens, 5-10, 180, Galena Park, Texas (North Shore)