October 29, 2012

Bassett reflects on high school commitment to K-State

One of Oklahoma State's biggest leaders in 2012 almost wasn't a Cowboy at all.

Cooper Bassett, who many coaches have said is one of the most important personalities in the OSU locker room, was committed to this week's opponent for almost two years before declaring that he'd become a Poke.

"I was committed there for awhile," Bassett said. "I loved Kansas State because it reminded me a lot of Oklahoma State. You go up there and their stadium isn't huge but they fill it out, their fans are really passionate just like ours, and it's a small community like Stillwater. That's why I love Manhattan."

Growing up, Bassett had always been an Oklahoma State fan. He grew up in Tuttle, Oklahoma, which is southwest of Oklahoma City, but kept his eyes on the northern state college instead of falling into the crimson and cream of Oklahoma.

When it came time to begin the recruitment process of his career out of high school, Kansas State was the first one to call the then tight-end.

"They were one of the first ones to really recruit and offer me," he said. "I've always loved Oklahoma State, but...

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