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High Noon Highlights(10/19): Recruiting siblings of current players

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Recruiting to siblings of current players presents challenges:

Scott Wright details how Oklahoma State has done with recruiting the brothers of past and current players in an article this morning.

“While the current landscape of recruiting for the 2019 class points to Gundy’s shortcomings in the little brother recruiting game (read: Dax Hill), the coach has landed the siblings of a pair of current players among OSU’s 17 commitments in the class.

...But the dynamic of recruiting the brother of a current or past player doesn’t include all the built-in advantages that might be perceived.”

Wright says that the older siblings know how recruiting works and that it’s all about finding the best place for you. So they don’t get as pushy as people might think.

Wright talked to Cole Waltersheid and Devin Harper, who both had brothers that ended up committing to Oklahoma State. Both said that they basically laid out what was going to happen with the process but stayed back when it came time for little brother to make a decision.

Oklahoma State’s new baseball stadium now has a name:

Yesterday it was announced that new baseball stadium has its namesake. It will be known as O’Brate Stadium after Cecil O’Brate, an engineering student at Oklahoma State and is now in multiple businesses such as banking and oil. O’Brate Stadium will open in 2020.

The Tulsa World reports:

Holder, O’Brate and Josh Holliday heralded the name of the ballpark Thursday. Holder, OSU’s athletic director, and Holliday, the Cowboys’ baseball coach, were thankful for the booster’s $35 million gift. Of course, they were, given the $60 million price tag on the project to begin with.

It was most interesting to hear from O’Brate, though.

He talked about what OSU gave him 70 years ago as an undergrad, besides an appreciation for coffee. He talked about his investment in kids, most obvious by his foundation that has helped approximately 400 students with $2.5 million worth of scholarships since 2013.

“We got 165 in college this year and already graduated some,” O’Brate said. “One kid is working for the attorney general in Topeka. We’ve helped a lot of kids.”

There was also a realization that came to my attention this morning and it makes me sad:

Mike Boynton dealing with major turnover in second season:

Between guys leaving to go pro, guys transferring and guys being dismissed from the team Mike Boynton has a lot of turnover to deal with this year. The AP’s Cliff Blunt highlighted how Boynton is dealing with all the changes in a fantastic article.