The Oklahoma Sooners lost more than a football game to Oklahoma State in Saturday's Bedlam showdown. They also lost out on TE Blake Jackson from Scottsdale Junior College in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Jackson is considered to be one of the top junior college tight ends in the country, and was ranked as a four-star recruit by Scout.com. As a freshman, Jackson was named first team All-ACCAC and had 33 receptions for 540 yards and nine touchdowns.
Jackson, who is originally from Augusta, Georgia, was thought to be leaning towards committing to the Georgia Bulldogs.
The Sooners appeared to be high on his list after he visited Oklahoma and attended the Iowa State game in Norman. But, after the Bedlam beat-down in Stillwater last week, Jackson was so impressed he decided that Oklahoma State was the place for him.
Other than Georgia, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, Jackson was also considering Missouri, Miami and Arkansas at one point.
This commitment is just more proof that Mike Gundy and the Cowboys are playing with the big boys now in the recruiting war. It's also a much-needed get for Oklahoma State because they will be losing some serious talent after this season, including QB Brandon Weeden and WR Justin Blackmon.
Perhaps the Sooners and Cowboys can continue to fight over Jackson when they both travel to the Phoenix area for their bowl games at the end of the month.
The Sooners are still in on a few other tight ends, including Laith Harlow of Tallahassee, Florida, who has already committed to the Sooners.
Tight end will be a point of emphasis for Bob Stoops, who has not had steady production from that position since Jermaine Gresham left for the NFL after the 2008 season.
If Oklahoma wants to get back to playing championship-caliber football, they will need to get back to including the tight end in their offensive attack.
Getting a certain defensive coordinator to come back might help as well.