Oklahoma State recruiting analysis


The class

Signees: 28 (four junior college, six enrolled early)

Top prospects: Running back Herschel Sims is the class' only ESPNU 150 commit, but quarterback J.W. Walsh and Sims are both in the top 10 nationally at their respective positions. Known best for offense, Oklahoma State also snagged Josh Stewart and Miketavious Jones, two top 20 cornerbacks, and linebacker Nico Ornelas, the nation's No. 16 outside linebacker.

Needs met: Sims could help contribute immediately at running back alongside rising sophomores Jeremy Smith and Joseph Randle to help replace Doak Walker Award finalist Kendall Hunter. Ashaad Mabry and James Castleman will help fill in on the defensive line for the Cowboys, who lost three starters up from from their 2010 team. The Cowboys added four athletes who could be very versatile and Travis Cross and Devin Davis could play in 2012 after the Cowboys lose four starters on the offensive line.

Analysis: Oklahoma State has to feel really good about this class. Skill position talents Walsh and Sims have been longtime commitments and provided very little drama down the stretch. Walsh is already on campus and in classes and could be a factor in replacing Brandon Weeden after 2011. An extra few practices this spring certainly help his chances. The Cowboys' class ranks No. 21 nationally and third in the Big 12, behind just Oklahoma and Texas. That's a good spot for the Cowboys, who proved they can hang with both teams on the field in 2010, and would like to beat both with consistency in the future. Ascending up the recruiting rankings is a good way to do it.

ESPN recruiting grade: B