Oklahoma State Football: Power Ranking the Cowboys' 2013 Commits
The Oklahoma State Cowboys had a very underrated recruiting class in 2012 and they hope to follow that up with an even better one in 2013. It’s time to look at the best of the Cowboys' 2013 class so far.
With the change in offense a few seasons ago, the big focuses of recruiting for Mike Gundy and staff will be on players to affect the passing game. Offensive linemen, wide receivers and quarterbacks are more important than ever, along with players for the defensive front.
Here are the five best commits of the Cowboys’ 2013 class so far.
1. Marcell Ateman
A wide receiver out of Wylie, Texas, Marcell Ateman committed to the Cowboys on May 5th, picking their offer over those of Alabama, Arkansas, Baylor, LSU and Michigan.
Ateman is 6’4” and weighs around 190 lbs. He’ll be a major contender in a few years to take over the mantle of a great Cowboy receiver in the vein of guys like Dez Bryant and Justin Blackmon. He also runs a 4.5-second 40-yard dash, combining nice speed with great size.
2. Fred Ross
Fred Ross shunned offers from the likes of Arkansas, Baylor and Texas to commit to Oklahoma State for 2013. The 6’1” wide-out hails from Tyler, Texas and caught 99 passes for 1,335 yards and 15 touchdowns in his junior season.
While he lacks Marcell Ateman’s size, he can match him speed-wise and has a bit thicker body. Both will compete for time sooner rather than later in their college careers and both will contribute to Oklahoma State's wide receiver corps, which grows more impressive by the day.
3. Vincent Taylor
One area the Cowboys have lacked in greatly over the past few seasons has been up front on defense, both against the pass and the run. Defensive tackle prospect Vincent Taylor will aim to help remedy that.
Taylor is 6’3” and weighs around 280 pounds. He’s an extremely athletic tackle and, after he’s in Rob Glass’ conditioning program for a year, he’ll be an absolute monster.
4. Zachary Crabtree
Ever since offensive line coach Joe Wickline has been at Oklahoma State, the Cowboys have had consistently great offensive lines. Don’t look for that to change anytime soon.
Zachary Crabtree is a 6’7” offensive tackle from Mansfield, Texas. After receiving offers from Baylor, among other area Division I programs, the 270-pound standout chose Oklahoma State. He’s a big lineman, who should excel in pass and run blocking.
5. Luke Del Rio
Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Todd Monken was an assistant with the Jacksonville Jaguars before he joined the Cowboys before last season. The Jags’ head coach then was Jack Del Rio. Considering this information, it isn’t a big surprise that Del Rio’s son, Luke, committed to Oklahoma State.
Whether or not Del Rio is talented enough to start for Oklahoma State in the future is questionable, especially since Wes Lunt isn’t going anywhere any time soon. He could possibly be an answer for the after-Lunt era, if he is good enough.