Claremore Daily Progress

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February 7, 2013

Cowboy football becomes a family tradition for Bassett clan

STILLWATER — Cooper Bassett spent the last five years living his dream as a member of the Oklahoma State football team. Now his younger brother Dawson Bassett will get that same chance.

After a late commitment defected, the OSU coaching staff had a scholarship open and offered the younger Bassett — who quickly accepted. On Wednesday, Bassett and 22 other players signed national letters of intent to join the Oklahoma State team.

“Selfishly, I’m so happy to have my little brother follow in my footsteps in going to OSU, but more importantly because of how happy he is,” Cooper Bassett said. “He loves OSU just like I do. I can promise you Dawson’s loyalty and love for Oklahoma State is just as big as mine. That’s the biggest reason for why I’m happy — my little brother’s dreams came true today just like mine did five years ago.”

Bassett is listed as an athlete out of Tuttle but Gundy said he would play linebacker. Bassett was the only Oklahoma native to ink with OSU.

“He’s more active side-to side than Cooper. If he’s anything of a player and has the loyalty that Cooper had for our program, then he’s a great take for us,” OSU coach Mike Gundy said. “From a talent standpoint, we liked him from day one, we just didn’t know that he fit in this class. Unfortunately, sometimes that happens, but we’re thrilled that he’s a part of a great family and great Oklahoma State people.”

Cooper said he agreed with Gundy’s assessment of the younger Bassett, who is listed at 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, being more athletic than the 6-foot-5, 270-pound graduating Cowboy.

“I’ve always said God gave me size and God gave Dawson the agility,” Cooper said. “... He’s always had that advantage over me in the athleticism and agility and quickness.”

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