Offense should not be an issue for Oklahoma State this season with quarterback Mason Rudolph and wide receiver James Washington leading what should be a prolific attack whether the Cowboys decide to throw or run the ball. The defense returns only five starters, but it’s not short on athleticism and the coaching staff is optimistic about the unit’s potential. Oklahoma State has some tough tests, but the schedule for the most part should only help the Cowboys stay in the thick of the Big 12 race.
#479 ( #24 T)
Every team is built up front. The signing of Williams helps the Cowboys do just that. New head coach Adrian Fuqua hopes to sign 4 top tier OL recruits this off-season. Williams has decent size (6'3 327) for run blocking but will need to work on his footwork for pass blocking. Will redshirt and likely be a 4 year starter after that.
East Point, GA
#1213 ( #46 FS)
Horne was overlooked due to not starting as a sophomore and getting injured part way through his Junior season but has really started to open eyes during his Senior season. The Cowboys were on his trail early due to a a heads up from former players. UNC and Navy were late offers to Horne but he decided to stay loyal to his first offer from Okie State. During high school, Horne got away with being a better athlete than his competition, at the next level he will need to improve his technique and knowledge but he has a bright future ahead of him.
#3 ( #1 ATH)
Ellis earned the "#1 athlete" ranking after his stellar Junior season while being a monster on both sides of the ball, but during the offseason he let the "#1 ranking" go to his head a little bit and hasn't performed quite as well this season. Ellis is more of a natural as a WR but the team is pretty deep at the position. Ellis will enroll early and will be used on both sides of the ball during spring ball to see where he is more needed.
#226 ( #45 WR)
The Cowboys signed a legit deep ball threat for the future in Jacobs. At 6'6 220 he will have the size advantage over most DB's. Jacobs has good straight line speed (94/80) but will need to develop his quickness off the ball in order to get separation and be more than just a deep ball threat. The Cowboys had 4 freshman redshirting right now which could be somewhat of a log jam, but with Jacobs speed, he should see the field early after his redshirt year.
#377 ( #40 DE)
Graves is a little undersized height wise for what most teams would like in a defensive lineman(5'11 270), especially a DE, and he doesn't have the speed most would like (73/70) for that position, so he will likely be moved to DT depending on the rest of the recruiting class. Graves is a state champion wrestler with good hips and good hands. He has a toughness that doesn't show up on the recruiting sheet that is much needed on this team.
#433 ( #23 G)
The goal for each recruiting class is to sign a minimum of 2 OL of 70+ caliber. Bates didn't hit his growth spurt until after his junior year of high school which is why he went highly unrecruited. Missouri tried jumping in late but Bates was loyal to his first offer. Bates looks to be a possible 3-4 year starter.
#155 ( #16 HB)
The crown jewel has committed to Oklahoma State. Washington has has blazing speed (95/94) and already has the school getting ready for his Heisman campaign. Head coach Adrian Fuqua said that Washington reminded him of himself coming out of highschool, small, powerful and fast. The coaching staff will be chomping at the bit to get him on the field but may have to wait a year for his academics to clear.
Fort Sill, OK
#84 ( #7 HB)
Word go out early on Lane that he was a life long Cowboy fan, which resulted in no other schools giving him an offer. Lane won't burn anybody for long runs on the outside, but he is a very effective runner between the tackles. The combination of Washington's speed and Lane's power will give the Cowboys a good thunder and lightning for the coming years.