Oklahoma State Football: Cowboys' 5 Biggest Priorities on National Signing Day

Ricky FrechCorrespondent IJanuary 16, 2013

Oklahoma State Football: Cowboys' 5 Biggest Priorities on National Signing Day

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    The Oklahoma State Cowboys ended the 2012 season on a high note with a 58-14 bowl victory over an over-matched Purdue team; however, Mike Gundy's staff doesn't get to rest just yet.

    With the February 6 National Signing Day looming, the Cowboy coaching staff are out trying to entice recruits to come to Stillwater. 

    The Pokes have already put together a solid class, but there's still room for improvement.

    If the Cowboys staff can take care of a few priorities, they could see their recruiting class climb into a Top 15 position (per Scout.com).

Laquon Treadwell

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    Laquon Treadwell comes first on this list because he's already said that he will announce his decision Thursday January 17.

    Treadwell looks like he will probably sign with Ole Miss, but that doesn't mean Oklahoma State has no shot.

    The young wide receiver was in Stillwater last Friday and stayed through the weekend, which means that the Cowboys were the last team to get in their sales pitch before Treadwell makes his decision.

    Obviously, this would be a marriage made in heaven.

    Treadwell is a big, fast receiver who has earned his spot as a top 50 player. He's a guy who would excel in Oklahoma State's Air Raid offense and could have a Biletnifoff award or two in his future.

    Ole Miss may end up winning this battle, but the Cowboys have to do everything they can to bring Treadwell in and give themselves one of the most dynamic skill position players in the country.

Don't Lose Any Recuits

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    Earlier this year, Oklahoma State was able to steal Naim Mustafaa from the University of Georgia and get the stud defensive end to become an early enrollee

    This isn't something new, as recruits often break their early commits late into recruiting and change to a school that they feel better fits them.

    The priority for Oklahoma State must be to continue to add new, dynamic players, but they need to ensure that they keep the current class intact, as well.

    The biggest concern here could be the receiving corps if Laquon Treadwell does decide to commit to Oklahoma State.

    This could cause a domino-like effect that sees the team lose one of their three 4-star receivers due to a possible lack of playing time with Treadwell in the fold.

Bolster the Secondary

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    Mike Gundy has a gone a long way to add some depth in the secondary for 2013, getting commits from Jordan Sterns and Tre Flowers.

    That said, it'd be nice to see them bring in at least one more guy to get as many pieces in as possible as they try to keep up with Big 12 passing attacks.

    Adding a guy like Tedric Thompson or Jeremy Tyler would give the Cowboys a solid stable of players to throw at opponents.

    Of course, for my money, I'd like to see them sign Money Hunter, just because he has the coolest name in the country (extra points to Hunter for also being from Prosper, TX).

    All in all, a class that include Sterns, Flowers, Darius Curry, Deric Robertson and maybe one more guy, would be an awful nice haul for Gundy's staff.

Find Joseph Randle's Replacement

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    In an Oklahoma State offseason full of headlines, the biggest one is obviously Joseph Randle's decision to enter the NFL draft.

    Now, in the short term, the Cowboys will probably have Jeremy Smith fill the void left by Randle. However, while Smith is immensely talented, he's not the versatile threat the Pokes prefer out of the backfield.

    Desmond Roland has some experience at wide receiver, and he could be the guy the Pokes need.

    However, that doesn't mean they shouldn't be looking around for a guy to bring in with the class of 2013. 

    Currently, OSU has Corion Webster committed to the program, but they've also began sending out some offers in recent weeks to guys like Rennie Childs.

    Childs is a solid all-purpose back, who rushed for close to 2,000 yards and 20 TDs this year, but he's not the ultimate prize—that belongs to the next guy.

Altee Tenpenny

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    The likelihood of Oklahoma State pulling Altee Tenpenny's commit to Alabama is, unfortunately, pretty low.

    After all, Alabama just won its second straight BCS National Championship and it looks like it might add a third straight next year. 

    That said, the Cowboys can offer something 'Bama can't: immediate playing time.

    Alabama did see leading rusher Eddie Lacy leave for the NFL, but they have a big stable of guys behind them that would probably bury Tenpenny on the depth chart.

    T.J. Yeldon will be the Tide's premiere back in 2013 and should see the lion's share of the carries after his 2012 campaign.

    Behind him are guys like Kenyan Drake, Blake Sims and Dee Hart, who were all also top recruits just a few years ago but have since proven they have legit skills at this level.

    You also have to factor in that Tenpenny might not even be the best running back in Alabama's 2013 class.

    The Tide is also bringing in Derrick Henry and Tyren Jones, who are both Top 15 backs.

    Needless to say, playing time is going to be at a premium in 'Bama's backfield for at least a few years.

    At Oklahoma State, Tenpenny would likely see himself inserted into the game plan right away and could become the Big 12's next Lache Seastrunk if he works hard enough.

    In the end, it's going to come down to whether or not he wants to have an almost guaranteed shot at the national championship or if he wants the chance to showcase his talent from day one.