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Unlike most coaches around the country, Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy elected to wait until Thursday to meet with the media to discuss the Cowboys' incoming recruiting class. Here are some notable talking points from his press conference:

 

Gundy's Pleased With Incoming Class

The 2014 recruiting class is solid from top to bottom and has warranted nearly universal recognition as a top-25 class nationally, including a No. 14 ranking from Scout.com. But for as high as the recruiting services seem to be on this crop of Cowboys, Gundy seems to be the most pleased of the bunch.

"This is the most complete class and talented group of quality young men we have been able to sign since I have been the head coach here … This class represents, from start to finish, for the first time ever, without (having) a de-commitment," Gundy said. "This recruiting class is going to help us reload our team with quality people and young men who fit the mold we are looking for."

RELATED: Oklahoma State 2014 Recruiting Class

 

Three Walk-ons Awarded Scholarships

Gundy has a long history of rewarding the hard-working walk-ons in his program with scholarships late in their playing careers. That tradition continued on Thursday.

Gundy announced that Teddy Johnson, Steven Sumpter and Cameron Gravelle have been awarded scholarships for next season.

"Teddy, Steve and Cameron have been in our program for several years. They're good students, they've contributed on the field, they're great team players, they're true Cowboys, they love Oklahoma State football and this gives us a chance to reward them for all their hard work," Gundy said.

Johnson is a fullback who has contributed significantly on the Cowboys' special teams coverage units. He has 20 tackles and two forced fumbles at OSU.

Sumpter is a linebacker and a graduate of Edmond Santa Fe who transferred to OSU after starting off his career at Missouri Southern. Sumpter, like Johnson, is a significant contributor on the Cowboys' special teams and also saw some time on defense against Lamar.

Gravelle, an Austin, Texas native, is a junior wide receiver who has been one of OSU's most consistent and hard-working scout team members.

 

OSU Adds Special Teams Coach

Yesterday might have been national signing day but Oklahoma State managed to add another future Cowboy to the fold on Thursday.

However, this addition is on the Cowboys' coaching staff.

GoPokes.com first reported that Oklahoma State has hired Robby Discher as its special teams coach.

Discher comes to Stillwater from Sam Houston State, where he has been a member of the Bearkats' coaching staff since 2010 and helped guide SHSU to back-to-back national title appearances in 2011 and ‘12.

Discher had four special teamers earn all-conference honors seven total times, including coaching SHSU's all-time scoring leader in kicker Miguel Antonio and the school's all-time leading kickoff returner in Brandon Closner. Closner also finished as the Bearkats' No. 2 all-time punt returner.

Discher will be a graduate assistant for Mike Gundy's staff but will reportedly have full say over the special teams unit.

He replaces Ty Linder, who left Oklahoma State to join the coaching staff at North Carolina following OSU's loss in the Cotton Bowl.

 

Gundy Addresses Wickline's Departure

It came as quite a shock to Cowboy fans when long-time offensive line coach Joe Wickline chose to leave OSU for Charlie Strong's staff at Texas in January.

Reports surfaced shortly after that Gundy and Wickline, the longest tenured assistant on his staff, had been at odds and Gundy had never considered Wickline for an of the offensive coordinator vacancies in the past several season. The Cowboys' head coach declined to comment on that matter but did say there are no hard feelings between the two.

"Joe has to speak for himself but he made a decision based on his career and where he was at in his age and his life," Gundy said. "Sometimes when you're at a place as long as him ... guys move on; we had a great relationship and I'm very thankful for what he did for us during the time he was here."

 

Coach Won't Discuss Quarterbacks Again

Gundy received quite a bit of flack in the 2013 season for how he handled the quarterback controversy in Stillwater and, barring a dominant spring performance, there appears to be another QB derby on the immediate horizon.

Highly-touted freshman Mason Rudolph put up crazy numbers as a senior at Northwestern High School in Rock Hill, S.C., where he completed 72.6 percent of his passes for 4,377 yards and 80 total touchdowns in 2013.

Rudolph is sure to be in the mix for the starting quarterback gig, competing with returners J.W. Walsh and Daxx Garman. Gundy said Walsh will run the first-team offense this spring initially because of his on-field experience.

But when Gundy was asked who might have a leg up on the competition, he quickly put an end to that discussion … and any similar one for quite some time.

"I'm not in any position to talk about the quarterback situation — and I won't until after the Florida State game. I'm not gonna bring it up in the spring. I'm not gonna bring it up in the summer ... I'm in no position to even give you an answer right now, because we haven't had those discussions," Gundy said. "They haven't been in meetings. We don't know anything. We're just gonna have to let them work through it for the next six months."

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