February 9, 2007

Class of 2007: Breaking down the O

On either side of the ball there some positions at which you always take a couple of prospects such as the offensive line. Then there are some where you have a more glaring deficiency in terms of numbers and that was the case with Oklahoma State this year at the wide receiver and running back positions. The Cowboys did not need a quarterback in this class and thus they did not pursue one but look for them to take one in next year's class.

Now, with the graduation of D'Juan Woods and with Adarius Bowman being a senior this upcoming season, there is no question that the staff needed to land a at least one and maybe two wide out prospects that could come in and compete for immediate playing time. OSU did lose out on Co-Eric Riley which certainly would have helped but they landed arguably the top receiver in the country depending on who you ask in the person of Dez Bryant.

The Parade All-American does still have some work to do to get academically qualified but he is making great strides in that department and the coaches feel that he should be able to make it in. If he does, he will likely already be the second best receiver on the team next year.

Hubert Anyiam could also see the field as a freshman in a more diminished role but his speed and athleticism allowed him to blow up his senior year and the high three-star prospect may be underrated even at that if you ask around the Dallas area. Beyond that, one of the local fan favorites that is sure to compete for some playing time next year in the slot is Josh Cooper. While he may be considered to be undersized a bit, the kid has a natural knack for making plays and his instincts and intangibles are things that cannot be taught.

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