Mike Gundy has made it very clear that the Oklahoma State Cowboys will continue to run their up-tempo, pass-heavy offense in the seasons to come. So, we are going to break down which 2013 recruits fit Gundy’s offense best.
Unlike years past, the Cowboys have recruited heavily on defense over offense in 2013. However, there are still a few players to talk about who will be perfect fits for this Air Raid attack.
The player in this class that is the best fit for the Cowboys’ offense has to be Ra’Shaad Samples.
The 5’11” wide receiver out of Dallas Skyline is a smaller, speedier receiver who would flourish in a role similar to that of Josh Stewart. It is not unlikely to think that Samples could become the heir to Stewart’s current role on the team.
Samples’ skills that make him a good fit are his route-running ability, great hands and his explosiveness after he has caught the football.
Of all the offensive skill players the Cowboys recruited (which actually were not very many), Corion Webster is the player who likely has the best chance to get on the field as a true freshman.
The reasons are his abilities as an all-purpose back. Not only does Webster have a lethal combination of speed, elusiveness and vision, but he also has great hands. That ability to contribute both running the ball and catching the ball is why he is a great fit.
Webster’s size is also Division I ready. Unlike other running backs coming straight out of high school, Webster is 5’11”, great height for a running back, and 190 pounds, which is pretty close to where he needs to be weight-wise. By the time August gets here, he could very easily be a contributor for this Cowboy offense.
Much like before when we discussed Samples, the biggest reason Marcell Ateman fits the Cowboys’ offensive scheme is because of just how much this Air Raid system favors wide receivers.
It especially favors players like Ateman, who is an elite route-runner with great hands. However, there are a few attributes that separate Ateman from players like Samples that should have Cowboy fans excited to see him.
Ateman is listed at an impressive 6’5”, and he is very adept at catching passes in traffic. That is good news for the Cowboy quarterbacks, as Ateman could become a great receiver in the coming years under the OSU coaching staff.
The 2013 class was not heavy on offense, primarily because the Cowboys already have a plethora of young players who currently fill those positions on the team. However, Gundy still got a great, if small, crop of incoming talent to keep those positions fresh and competitive.