Total class: 27
ESPN 150: 1
By position: S 6, ATH 3, DT 3, QB 2, WR 2, OT 2, G 2, OLB 2, ILB 2, LB 1, DE 1, CB 1.
By state: Texas 20, Kansas 2, Oklahoma 2, Arkansas 1, Florida 1, California 1.
Already enrolled in school: 4.
The big ones: Undersized OLB Shaun Bell, OSU's only recruit in the ESPNU150, has shown marvelous instincts and should grow into a key contributor. ILB Caleb Lavey has good size and is an explosive player between the tackles who has been compared to former standouts like Rocky Calmus and Teddy Lehman.
Sleeper: OT Dan Koenig might not play for a couple of years, but has the bloodlines that suggest he will be a big contributor. Two older brothers preceded him as key OSU players.
Needs met: With both starting cornerbacks graduating, the Cowboys needed immediate contributors and appeared to have gotten them with junior college transfer Malcolm Murray, Devin Hedgepeth and three other arriving high school products. All three starting linebackers are leaving, but the added talent at the top of the class should help. And with four departing starters in the offensive line, the Cowboys attacked that need with developing projects like Koenig and Eli Dickerson.
Analysis: Despite some big losses on defense, the Cowboys appear to have restocked with some productive players who should help immediately. It was a big loss when Calvin Barnett signed with Arkansas on Wednesday. The arrival of quarterbacks Johnny Deaton and Nate Sorenson immediately starts a quarterback competition. It will be interesting to see how much the offense changes and if the Cowboys will have the kind of linemen to flourish in new coordinator Dana Holgorsen’s pass-heavy attack.
What Mike Gundy said: “Everyone is excited on signing day. We are no exception. We won't truly know about this class for a couple of years, but we obviously hope it turns out to be an exceptional group. … “We obviously like our class. It's a testament to our program, and to our current student-athletes, that we can sign a class of this caliber. We think we have helped ourselves in a number of areas.”
Scouts Inc. grade/rankings: B-minus, fourth in Big 12.