It has been mentioned several places and on many publications that Oklahoma State is slated to not only do well in the Big 12, but many like the Cowboys to win it. Plenty of factors go into this. For one, coaching, under Mike Gundy has been solid.
And with that, Gundy has also put together a staff who can recruit well too. Every year, the Touchdown Club of Houston honors several of the top players in the city, naming them to a preseason All-Greater Houston team. For the 2014 class, Oklahoma State has three players who have made the list.
From Pearland (TX), linebacker Justin Phillips (*** OLB) gave Gundy and his staff the first commitment of the year in mid March. Baylor, Boise State and Northwestern were his other options at the time of commitment.
The other two came most recent, like as soon as this past weekend. Houston (TX) Alief Taylor teammates Chris Hardeman (****CB) and Keenen Brown (****WR) both took a Big 12 tour of schools in the state of Oklahoma, and came away from it all as Cowboy commitments.
Hardeman, who recently decommitted from LSU after being a Tiger pledge for over a year, opened things back up a couple weeks back. During the recent unofficial visit, Hardeman felt a great connection while with the coaching staff and felt strongly enough to say he wanted in.
Brown, who was down to West Virginia, Oklahoma, Oregon, Florida and Ole Miss, felt he fit in well with the Cowboy offensive passing attack as a bigger (6-2.5, 205) receiver on the edge. Brown is the highest rated and third receiver committed to Oklahoma State.