The Oklahoma State Cowboys have compiled one of their best recruiting classes in recent years for 2013. But that does not mean they do not have wishes for signing day.
While the Cowboys appear to have answered all of their needs for 2013 already, there is also a little extra to be added at the last minute. A few of the things they want are things that every program should be trying to attain around this time, while others are specific to their program and situation.
To Keep Current Commitments
This is an item that will be on every program’s wish list this time of year.
While getting a player to commit is a big deal, it does not ensure that that player will wear that team’s colors during his college career. Commitments are not set in stone; nothing is recruiting-wise until signing day.
First and foremost, Oklahoma State has to hope it can keep the commitments it already has.
Most recruiting services have the Cowboys’ 2013 class ranked in the Top 25, which is better than their classes normally are. This class, as it stands right now, addresses many needs the team has and will make it even better over the long haul.
There are a number of playmakers that will have the opportunity to make big impacts on the team, but that won’t mean much if they switch their commitment at the last minute.
The Cowboys have to be crossing their fingers that such a thing does not happen.
A Change of Heart for Laquon Treadwell
Last week, Laquon Treadwell officially committed to Ole Miss over the likes of Oklahoma State and Oklahoma. However, as I stated earlier, no player is fully committed until he signs his letter of intent.
While it is unlikely, Treadwell could still become the next great receiver in a long line at Oklahoma State. The Cowboys have to be hoping that this slim possibility becomes a reality.
While the Cowboys are stacked at wide receiver already, a potential superstar like Treadwell does not come around often. Getting him could mean the difference between taking the next step as a program and remaining where they are at. He is that good.
It is against the odds, but it is still possible.
An Offensive Coordinator
This may not seem to be a recruiting need, but it actually is.
So far, there has been very little buzz regarding who Mike Gundy will tap to be his next offensive coordinator. It should be a pretty coveted position, given that his three most recent ones have all gone on to head coaching jobs after a short time.
While Gundy and his staff may be waiting to make any decisions on a new OC until after signing day, it might help sway a few high school stars if Gundy makes a good OC hire.
Would you, as an offensive playmaker, want to commit to a school when you had no idea who the offensive coordinator would be? I think you will agree with me when I say no.
Even if getting a new OC has no effect on recruiting, it should still be on this wishlist because of how important it is. Oklahoma State has a great offense, but getting the right OC as quickly as possible is a requirement if the Cowboys are going to remain among the nation’s elite offenses.