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Tales from the trail: OSU coach Mike Gundy recalls recruiting trips with Todd Bradford

STILLWATER -- Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy knew what he wanted in his new director of recruiting, and he found it with someone who was on his first coaching staff when he became the Cowboy coach in 2005.

Memories of time spent on the recruiting trail with his latest hire, Todd Bradford, played a role in Gundy’s decision.

“Back in those days, we could go out spring recruiting. You’d go, and he’d pick you up at the airport, take you to the hotel,” Gundy said. “From day one, he'd say, Alright, we're going to meet at 6:45 because we got to be at whatever school at 7:15 and here’s your paperwork on every school we’re going to tomorrow. Every prospect, head coach, names, numbers, all the details on everything, because believe it or not, I don’t know everything about every school. So he gives you the answers to the test the night before.

“You meet at that time and you go, and you don’t stop. And he doesn’t eat lunch. I don’t know if he does that just because the head coach is with him or not, but I’m like, ‘Dude, we gotta get some beef jerky or something. I can’t roll all day, I'm starting to bob and weave a little bit here.’ Then we stop at 6 o’clock that night, you hit like six or seven schools and it’s just one to the other.

“And he finished in recruiting. He was able to sign all different types of players from all different backgrounds and different environments and have success during his time here. So that made me think that he would be really good as a director of recruiting for Oklahoma State football.”

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Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy fives the student section a thumbs up following the college football game between the Oklahoma State Cowboys and the Kansas State Wildcats at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019.  OSU won 26-13. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy fives the student section a thumbs up following the college football game between the Oklahoma State Cowboys and the Kansas State Wildcats at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. OSU won 26-13. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

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Scott Wright

A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and... Read more ›

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