With key player Joseph Randle being drafted 151st overall to the Dallas Cowboys, making him the 10th running back drafted, and another key player Quinn Sharp reaching an agreement with the Cincinnati Bengals after shockingly going undrafted, we now turn our attention to the newcomers as Oklahoma State continues their rebuilding process.
It had appeared the Cowboys’ kicking game had hit rock bottom after losing one of the greatest kickers in school history, Quinn Sharp. Mike Gundy called OSU’s kicking game “poor” at the beginning of Spring ball, he has since said it has improved to “average”.
Ben Grogan has won the starting job at kicker/punter. Grogan is rated the ninth-best kicker prospect in the nation by Rivals. He’s no slouch, after all, as a junior in High School at Arlington (Texas) Martin, he beat Jaden Oberkrom for the starting position, a True Freshman Big 12 honorable mention selection for the TCU Horned Frogs last season. Grogan’s field goal range is over 50 yards.
The Cowboys welcomed four scholarship cornerbacks in Spring football, Ashton Lampkin, Justin Gilbert, Kevin Peterson and Miketavious Jones. Also Jerel Morrow, a four-star athlete recruit, as well as Darius Curry, the younger brother of redshirt freshman receiver C.J. Curry.
JUCO offensive lineman Colby Hegewood signed a financial aid agreement to transfer to Oklahoma State. He will practice at Right Guard and compete for immediate playing time.
Wide Receivers Marcell Ateman and Ra’Shaad Samples could quite possibly be the Pokes’ top two signees in this class. They should have immediate playing time.
And finally, the Pokes signed two backs, Corion Webster and Rennie Childs. One should get playing time as the 3rd back this season. Child’s rushed for almost 2,000 yards his senior year.