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Daily Bullets (Dec 20) – Signing Day Dreams Realized, Other Signing Day News

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Outside of the Langston Anderson commitment, Gundy said it best here about signing day for OSU fans:

Early Christmas

It’s a lot of fun to hear about football recruits signing with the school they grew up cheering for. Booker T. Washington’s Demarco Jones lived that dream yesterday.

This year Christmas comes six days early for DJ Jones, the Booker T. Washington cornerback set to sign with Oklahoma State on Wednesday.

“I talked to DJ’s grandmother at our banquet. She’s a big OSU fan,” Booker T. coach Brad Calip said, “and she’s been collecting OSU Christmas ornaments for 20 years. So he has been seeing this since he was a little bitty kid. That’s who he always wanted to play for.”

“After I sign,” Jones said, “it’ll be a dream come true, honestly.” [TulsaWorld]

It’s a family affair with the Jones’ family – his grandma was a Cowboy, his uncle played linebacker for the Pokes, and his cousin is former Cowboy running back Jeremy Smith.

Changing Image

While I don’t love the general premise of these comments made by a retired Alabama professor, it’s fascinating to consider how football coaches shape the national perception of a state.

(Professor) Voss said, “I think Bear Bryant is to Alabama what Bud Wilkinson was to Oklahoma, in many ways. I grew up in Kansas. Back when I was a boy, Oklahoma was thumping everybody. The Sooners kind of redeemed the image of the Okies that John Steinbeck put out in The Grapes of Wrath. Made Okies respectable, at least on the gridiron. [NewsOK]

It’s always interesting (and slightly nauseating) when you travel and mention you’re from Oklahoma/went to college there/etc. that folks generally mention the Sooners. Surely if one mentioned Oklahoma State, Boone Pickens and Mike Gundy come up naturally.

OSU and NCAA Notes

Absolutely love this scholarship limit idea….Early signing day is the new signing day….Deondrick Glass Update: Alabama signed the running back they needed to but Texas didn’t sign there’s….Great profile of new Cowboy quarterback Brendan Costello….Winners and losers for the early signing day

Best signing day announcement I’ve seen.

Loved the signing day graphics the Pokes had yesterday, earned them a bit of national attention.

2019’s all-name team – Storm Duck is the new Kobe Buffalomeat.

Totally forgot about these guys – technically OSU has 22 signed now (Anderson news followed this tweet).

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