Oklahoma State Football Recruiting: 7 2014 Recruits the Cowboys Must Pursue
The Oklahoma State Cowboys football program looks to be stocked with experienced and young talent, and it should find itself among the preseason favorites to win the always-competitive Big 12 Conference.
They've put themselves in this envied position by being competitive in the recruiting scene and doing a great job of developing those prospects once they step on campus.
For the recruiting nuts out there, this is one of the more exciting times of the season, as coaches are starting to get out on the trail and looking for those special players you can build a program around.
The following seven prospects are the guys from the 2014 class that the Oklahoma staff must make a concentrated effort to go after when building this year's class.
Lorenzo Carter — DE
Oklahoma State is known as an offensive powerhouse that's struggled to play defense even while enjoying one of the more successful runs in the program's history.
If they want to take the next step towards becoming a real contender in the national scene, they must build up their defense with blue-chip recruits like Lorenzo Carter.
Carter's an athletic specimen who's highly rated by the major recruiting services, which means that Cowboys are going to have to compete hard to gain his services.
However, their new attacking defense and state-of-the-art facilities could help them bring in players like Carter in the coming years, especially if the defense makes good on all of the positive reports coming out of spring practices.
KD Cannon — WR
Depth at the wide receiver position hasn't been a problem for the Oklahoma State Cowboys in quite a long time. That said, they need to keep that train rolling if they want to continue to be the same offensive juggernaut we've come to know and love.
KD Cannon is the highest rated WR prospect on the Pokes' board, coming in as 247sports' fifth-best receiver in 2014's class.
In addition, his big-play ability is going to make Cowboys fans remember Dez Bryant, another huge target who was a highlight reel waiting to happen.
Arrion Springs — CB
When you play in the high-powered Big 12, you need cornerbacks who can cover, and you need a lot of them. The Oklahoma State Cowboys have built up a solid stable of young defensive backs, but they can always use more.
Arrion Springs is a highly rated prospect out of San Antonio, TX, that 247sports has as their tenth-best cornerback in 2014's class.
Bringing in a guy like Springs would give the Pokes yet another athletic cornerback to throw out there against the pass-happy teams of the Big 12. In addition, it gives them another blue-chip defensive player to help establish a tone for the program in the coming years on that side of the ball.
Cameron Sims — WR
Cameron Sims is a bit taller than fellow wide receiver recruit KD Cannon, coming in at just over 6'3", while Cannon is "only" 5'11".
Sims' excellent size makes him an intriguing red-zone option as well as a potential downfield threat in Oklahoma State's vertical passing game. Sims' raw talent is off the charts, and if he comes to play for a program that's proven it can develop receivers as well as anyone in the country, the Pokes might have another Biletnikoff winner on their hands.
That is, if Cannon doesn't beat him out for it.
Steven Parker — S
Historically, the Oklahoma State Cowboys have struggled to steal highly touted in-state recruits from the rival Oklahoma Sooners.
It's too early to tell if that landscape is changing, but the Pokes have already signed two top-rated Oklahoma prospects in Devon Thomas and Gyasi Akem, with more possibly on the way.
Safety Steven Parker plays for Tulsa, OK's Jenks HS, and boasts prototypical size at the position as well as good coverage ability. The thirteenth-best safety (via 247sports) has the Pokes as one of his top choices and would make an instant impact for Mike Gundy's squad.
Deondre Clark — DE
Deondre Clark is another stud defensive player who calls the great state of Oklahoma home and has Oklahoma State fans hoping he'll sign with their favorite university. However, there's an even bigger reason Clark might sign with the Pokes: His brother plays for the Cowboys basketball squad.
Clark is an exceptional athlete with great pass-rush ability who could easily play defensive end or attacking outside linebacker in Oklahoma State's scheme. In fact, his size and skill set might remind Cowboys fans of someone like Tyler Johnson from this past fall.
As a defensive star, Clark might be drawn to the SEC, but here's hoping his older brother can do some in-house recruiting and get the football star of the family playing in orange and black.
Kyle Allen — QB
It's a well-known fact that the Oklahoma State Cowboys have depth at the quarterback position that most other teams can only dream of. All three of the players on the roster threw for over 1,000 yards and proved to be more than capable starters in the Big 12.
However, the college football landscape changes quickly, and, in a few years, that depth will be gone if the Pokes staff doesn't pick up more elite recruits. 2013 prospect Luke Del Rio dropped his commitment from OSU when offensive coordinator Todd Monken left the team, leaving a noticeable hole in that recruiting class.
That's where Kyle Allen comes in. He's scout.com's No. 1 recruit at the quarterback position, and 247sports has him pegged in their top five. That high pedigree is going to make him tough to get, but he's a player that can shape a recruiting class, and Oklahoma State must go after him.