January 4, 2013

Road Ahead: Important dates

Oklahoma State capped its 2012 season with a dominating win over Purdue in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. The Cowboys' 8-5 season was perhaps a mild disappointment, coming off their first-ever Big 12 Championship and BCS bowl win. While that may be true, the Cowboys should be a contender in what looks to be a wide-open Big 12 in 2013. Over the next several days, we'll be taking an in-depth look at what's ahead for the Cowboy football program in recruiting, the offseason, spring football and 2013 personnel. Up first is the important dates that lie ahead for OSU.

January 15 - The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the NFL Draft. Junior running back Joseph Randle and corner Justin Gilbert are deliberating their future, but will need to have a decision made by this date. Both decisions will have a large impact on OSU's 2013 season. If they declare their intention to enter the draft, it could mean the Cowboys are able to sign more recruits in the '13 class. That's debatable, as the Cowboys look likely to sign a full class of 25 in any event. As big as recruiting is, Randle is likely the top priority "recruit" on the board for Mike Gundy and his staff at the present.

February 6 - National Signing Day. The OSU commitment list currently sits at 17 prospects, plus two JUCO signees. There are official visitors scheduled on three weekends, starting with five-star wide receiver Laquon Treadwell on January 11th. The biggest weekend will be on the 18th, when most of OSU's verbal commitments and several targets are scheduled to visit.

At the present, the Cowboys have a good class, ranked No. 27 in the Rivals.com Team Recruiting Rankings. With a strong close, the class could move into the realm of very good.

March 4 - OSU has not released dates or any other details on spring football, but this a historically good guess. Typically, the Cowboys start somewhere in the first week of March. OSU's situation at quarterback is...

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