May 19, 2013

Impact newcomers: Four in line

Recruiting is an exciting part of college football for a large portion of college football fans, and it's been something Oklahoma State fans have to be happy about in the last couple of years.

This year, the Pokes got in a solid haul of talent that fits their system perfectly. The only bad part is, you just never know what you're going to get.

Look at the Herschel Sims fiasco, for example. One of the top running backs in the nation commits, and a year later he isn't even on the team anymore. Same goes with Torrance Carr, who announced that he can't play anymore due to injuries earlier this week. It's a wild card for every recruit, which explains why some fans choose not to partake in recruiting news at all.

Another reason some fans ignore it is because of the fact that some of these players may not be heard from again for a year or two, which is something that's expected. It's extremely difficult to come into a college program and make an impact in the first season, so most people don't get too excited about it.

We've broken down this class a ton in the last couple of months, and we've identified three signees that have that chance to make the impact immediately with Oklahoma State.

Keep in mind that injuries, grades, and other things happen, as they do with every recruit, but these are the three players (regardless of rankings) that you could be hearing from when the season rolls around in a few months.

No. 1: Naim Mustafaa

For any of you who follow spring football, this doesn't come as a complete shock. Mustafaa was a long-time Georgia Bulldogs commit before flipping to the Cowboys at the last minute and enrolling early for the spring semester. Oklahoma State isn't necessarily thin at the defensive end position, but they're extremely unproven. That, combined with the fact that Mustafaa already looks like he's been in a college weight program for a year or two, means that he could be seeing the field rather often in 2013. He was also running with the first and second units in the spring game, so definitely keep an eye on him.

No. 2: Jerel Morrow

Morrow was recruited as an athlete, but his size (5-11, 180 pounds) has us all believing that he'll be playing cornerback at Oklahoma State based on what OSU has done with players like him in the past. Morrow is extremely athletic, and could probably benefit from a year in the weight room before he can really excel in bump-and-run. The reason he's on this list is because of what OSU has at the position right now. Justin Gilbert is coming off of a promising spring, while Kevin...

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