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Recruiting notebook: Joe DeForest plays big role in luring kicker Matt Green

BY BRANDON CHATMON, BOB PRZYBYLO, JAKE TROTTER and SCOTT WRIGHT, Staff Writers Modified: January 29, 2011 at 10:49 am •  Published: January 27, 2011
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Oklahoma State's commitment to special teams is unquestioned. The Cowboys never hesitate to give scholarships to special teams specialists and are expected to sign Matt Green on signing day.

Green, a kicker/punter from Lexington (Ky.) Lafayette, committed to the Pokes in early January. And special teams coach Joe DeForest was huge reason for Green's decision.

“Coach DeForest is one of the best special team coaches in the country, working with kickers,” Green said. “I talked to him quite a bit when I was on my official visit.”

Green visited Stillwater on Jan. 14 and got a better feel for what would be expected of him as a scholarship football player at OSU. DeForest's mentoring helped Dan Bailey win the Lou Groza Award and punter Quinn Sharp earn All-American honors in 2010.

“He knows more than most people how to really get a kicker to reach his potential,” Green said. “How to really get them to work hard, understand what they are doing right or wrong and to get them better.”

MCCULLY HEADED TO EAST CENTRAL

If it wasn't for the huge numbers put up by Kentrell Brothers at wide receiver, Guthrie's Devonte' McCully would be the talk of the Bluejays.

McCully had a break out senior season as coach Rafe Watkins said everything finally came together for the talented wideout.

The good times continued Wednesday as McCully verbally committed to East Central University in Ada.

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