Now the the 2012 college football recruiting season is over, teams are looking forward and working on the 2013 crop of young high school players. The Oklahoma State Cowboys are no different, and there are a number of 2013 recruits still in their reach.
The Cowboys have many recruits for the year after next that they are in hot pursuit of and in competition for. Many of these guys are still there for the taking, and Oklahoma State should do what they have to to get them.
Here are some 2013 recruits targets that the Cowboys could still reel in.
D.J. Ward is a 6'4", 235-pound defensive end out of Lawton, OK. Ward is an in-state guy who has drawn interest from schools all-around Oklahoma State in the Southwest region.
Ward is too valuable for the Cowboys to let go, especially if he ends up as an Oklahoma Sooner. He's one of the best high school prospects in the state of Oklahoma.
Brayden Scott is a quarterback out of Tahlequah Sequoyah High School in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Much like D.J. Ward, Scott is one of the best high school players in Oklahoma.
He's receiving interest from schools like Alabama, Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma, in addition to Oklahoma State. He could be the next great Cowboy quarterback who comes from the state of Oklahoma after Brandon Weeden.
Maurice Smith is a talented defensive back coming out of Dulles High School in Sugar Land, Texas. At 6'1" and 175 pounds, Smith has elite size for any of the defensive back positions and will help any team he lands on.
He's receiving interest from tons of schools, but if the Cowboy program continues to spiral upward, it will have as good a chance as anyone.
Cornelius Henderson looks like a traditional Oklahoma State football player. At 6'1" and 285 pounds, Henderson doesn't have seemingly elite talent and hasn't been highly recruited.
Yet, Oklahoma State is interested in him and is by far the most prestigious school that is. He could be a diamond in the rough for the Cowboys.
Offensive linemen are not something that the Cowboys normally struggle to find and develop. That's why I think Ja'Braylin Thomas could be so good.
Thomas is a 6'6", 320-pound center for Weimar High School in Weimar, Texas. Thomas' size alone makes him a guy to go after, and he could become the centerpiece of great Cowboy offensive lines to come.
When a school hits on a few diamonds from a certain high school, that college is more likely to recruit from that school in the future. Kendall Holmes is a talented running back out of Tulsa Union High School, the same school that current Cowboy running back Jeremy Smith hails from.
Smith's success makes the recruiting of Holmes more likely and a smart move.