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Oklahoma State Football: The Good and the Bad of National Signing Day

Ricky FrechCorrespondent IFebruary 6, 2013

Oklahoma State Football: The Good and the Bad of National Signing Day

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    The Oklahoma State Cowboys didn't make quite as big a splash as the Ole Miss Rebels did on national signing day, but they still finished with a respectable haul for 2013.

    However, it wasn't a perfect day, as OSU missed out a quite a few big recruits and had a long-time commit flip at the very last minute.

    Even with that, Mike Gundy still believes that this class is "the best he's had" (per NewsOK.com).

    Is he right? We won't know for a few years at least, but we can still take a look at the good and the bad of Oklahoma State's national signing day.

Bad: No Big Name Recruits

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    The Oklahoma State Cowboys picked up quite a few 4-star recruits, but were unable to land any of the blue-chip prospects they targeted.

    Laquon Treadwell was probably the biggest loss, but they also missed out on guys like Daeshon Hall and Dontre Wilson.

    This isn't a huge loss, as the Cowboys have developed a reputation for turning lower rated guys into collegiate stars.

    After all, Justin Blackmon was just a 3-star recruit on Scout.com and he turned out pretty well.

    However, it's always nice for fans to see their team pick up a big name, and that didn't happen for head coach Mike Gundy and Co.

Good: Getting a Few Late Defenders

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    The Oklahoma State Cowboys needed to pick up quite a few guys along the defensive line, because that's the position that has the most graduating seniors.

    They did just that adding guys like Sam Wren and Naim Mustafaa in January, but they were also able to get a few more locked up just before national signing day.

    JUCO recruit Ofa Hautau and Bell High School's Vili Levini both committed on February 3rd, and should make an impact immediately as the Cowboys try to improve defensive depth.

Bad: Missing out on a Top Running Back

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    Early this offseason, Oklahoma State Cowboys fans got the news they'd been hoping to not hear all year long: Joseph Randle's decision to go to the NFL draft.

    One of the few bright spots of that news is that the Cowboys were able to tell top running back recruits that they could now get immediate playing time at Oklahoma State.

    However, OSU was unable to lure any of the top running back recruits away from the big boys and missed out on guys like Altee Tenpenny and Dontre Wilson.

    They were able to pick up a late signee in Rennie Childs, who could turn out to be a good player. However, they were unable to make a splash at this position after losing Randle. 

Good: Bolstering the Offense

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    Even though the Oklahoma State Cowboys were unable to sign a top-tier running back, they did bring in quite a few skilled players on the offensive side of the ball.

    Scout.com has both of the Cowboys' wide receiver recruits listed as 4-star players and their two running back recruits as 3-star prospects.

    Granted, the class would've looked better with Laquon Treadwell or Fred Ross; however, this isn't a bad selection of players for Oklahoma State's Air Raid offense.

    OSU fans should get to know the names Marcell Ateman, Ra'Shaad Samples, Corion Webster and Rennie Childs in the coming years, as they'll quickly become playmakers for Mike Gundy's squad.

Ugly: Losing Fred Ross

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    Unfortunately, the biggest Oklahoma State football news of the day isn't a happy one.

    Fred Ross has been committed to the Cowboys program since around this time last year, and many thought that he was all but locked up as we moved towards national signing day.

    However, Ross chose to make a late visit to Mississippi State and turned his commitment into a "soft verbal."

    This led to a national signing day that had Cowboys fans waiting on pins and needles for Ross to make his decision.

    In the end, he decided to go with Mississippi State. His flip has left a bad taste in fans' mouths following a solid, but not spectacular, signing day.

     

    For a full list of Oklahoma State's recruits, take a look at this thorough list via Scout.com

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