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National exposure has paid off in a lot of big ways for Oklahoma State, and it could mean recruiting in Florida.
By Brandon Chatmon Modified: February 13, 2011 at 7:14 pm •  Published: February 13, 2011

STILLWATER — The consistent success of Oklahoma State football is paying dividends.

In national exposure. In the ability to attract quality coaches. In the overall excitement around the program.

Most importantly, it's paying off in recruiting.

And it could pay even more dividends in the future.

Cowboy recruiting classes have ranked in's Top 20 for back-to-back seasons (2010, 2011) and OSU could be looking to expand its recruiting base in the near future.

“We are looking into the possibility of going into Florida a little bit this spring,” coach Mike Gundy said.

Florida is the most talent-rich state in the nation, according to a study. The Sunshine State produced 344 Division I signees in 2011, an average of one signee per 111 players.

Make no mistake, the Pokes' bread and butter will always be Texas, which led the nation in total Division I signees with 345. The current roster is full of Texans and OSU's 2011 class featured 20 signees from Texas.

And don't overlook Oklahoma, which produced Biletnikoff winner Justin Blackmon (Ardmore) and All-Big 12 quarterback Brandon Weeden (Edmond). The Pokes signed three Oklahomans on signing day, inking Mustang receiver David Glidden, Glenpool safety Isaac Maselera and Sand Springs offensive tackle Michael Bowie (via Navarro J.C.).

But the Cowboys recognize that several players from Florida have the potential to be overlooked due to the overall talent in the state. Thus, OSU would like to target a small number of prospects in the area with the hope of signing one or two sleepers.

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In recent seasons, Oklahoma State has signed recruits from Georgia and Florida in addition to its normal recruiting haul out of Texas and Oklahoma. Here's a look at the Top 10 talent producers (ranked by ratio of Division I signee per participant):

State, Signees, Players, Ratio

Florida, 344, 38,268, 111

Louisiana, 87, 14,839, 171

Georgia, 170, 32,088, 185

Alabama, 86, 22,052, 256

Utah, 30, 8,104, 270

Oklahoma, 44, 12,000, 272

Maryland/D.C., 49, 16,123, 329

Hawaii, 14, 4,926, 352

Ohio, 144, 55,027, 382

Arkansas, 28, 11,120, 397



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