Animals, Biodiversity, Camera Trapping, Endangered Species, Environment, Forests, GPS tracking, Mammals, Monitoring, Technology, Wildtech Laura, an Andean spectacled bear (Tremarctos ornatus), is the first bear to wear a GPS collar in Peru’s Batán Grande Archaeological Complex, an ecosystem offers greater visibility than cloud forests, where the bears typically live.Laura and about 50 other bears have been monitored for ten years by the Spectacled Bear Conservation Peru (SBC) after they were discovered in the unique Peruvian dry forest ecosystem.Over an area of 15,000 hectares (over 37,000 acres), the SBC program uses camera traps, GPS collars and direct field observation to study the bears. Laura is now part of the history of Peru. She is an Andean spectacled bear (Tremarctos ornatus) and the face of the first coin of one sol (equivalent to $0.31) from the Peruvian Endangered Wildlife collection launched in July 2017. Laura is shown laying on a tree in her habitat in the dry forests of Peru – in the Batán Grande Archaeological Complex, Lambayeque region.It is not just her appearance in the coin collection that makes Laura famous. She is the first bear to wear a GPS collar in this part of Peru, an ecosystem that offers greater visibility than cloud forests.Laura and about 50 other bears are part of the population that has been monitored for ten years by the Spectacled Bear Conservation Peru (SBC).The project began when the Canadian researcher Robyn Appleton arrived in Peru in 2006 in search of the Andean bear. Appleton, along with Peruvian Javier Vallejos, who was her guide, found this population of spectacled bears in the dry forests of Batán Grande, an unusual habitat for this species.“Andean bears inhabit from Venezuela to southern Bolivia, in the humid forest, they live mainly in the fog. But ten years ago we found this small population in a unique ecosystem in the dry forest of Peru,” Appleton said during a Wildlife Conservation Network conference.A different habitat for the spectacled bearRenzo Piana, director of science and conservation of SBC Peru, explains that this species lives mainly in areas near the Andes Mountain Range.“Here in Peru, we have a population that is unique because it inhabits the western slope of the Andes, at lower altitudes than usual, in a dry forest ecosystem that ranges from 150 meters to 1,000 meters above sea level in the basin of the La Leche River. Something which does not happen in any other part of the distribution of the Andean bear.”Andean bears climb the hills of dry forests in northern Peru. Photo courtesy of SBC PeruOver an area of 15,000 hectares (over 37,000 acres), the SBC’s spectacled bear conservation program uses camera traps, GPS collars and direct observation in the field to study this population of bears.During the study, they discovered that the bears that live in Batán Grande always return to a few water sources in the area. Camera traps were placed at these sites, explains Piana. “Even though the water sources can be two or three meters, or even smaller, the bears have them mapped and often visit them to drink water, mark their territory and check the state of fertility of the females.”The researcher explains that, since the beginning of the program, one of the main tasks was to locate these water bodies to place camera traps. It has been almost eight years since they started the monitoring program with data collection taking place every six weeks.The marks that bears have on their face —each individual has a unique marking— are used to identify them in the photographs taken by the camera traps and track their movement patterns.“Now we know if there is variation in the spatial occupancy of their territory between males, females and younger individuals,” Piana said. “When monitoring for long periods, as in this program, it is possible to assess population dynamics: how many individuals there are, how it varies over time, how it changes according to seasonality or when the El Niño phenomenon occurs.”The researcher believes that the population of bears in this area shows the importance of the dry forest of northwestern Peru for the conservation of the species. “There is a marked seasonality in the use of space by animals. During the winter they are found in high altitude areas in the mountains, whereas in the summer they move to lower areas to feed mainly of sapote.”In this context, the protection of the sapote tree (Colicodendrum scabrida) is also important for the survival of the species, says Piana, since bears feed mainly on the fruit. “The sapote grows in low altitude areas, places very exposed to fragmentation and land trafficking, which is the illegal appropriation and commerce of lands. This high pressure for a land use change puts the availability of this fruit for the bears at risk.”The spectacled bear feeds mainly on sapote fruit. Photo courtesy of SBC PeruOn May 26, 2016, the Municipality of Pítipo issued an ordinance for the creation of the Batán Grande Archaeological Complex, a measure that has allowed the conservation of the spectacled bear habitat, considering that most of the territory through which this population moves is inside this protected area.Encounter with the Andean bearJosé Vallejos, biological researcher and project coordinator at SBC, says that he joined the project in 2008. His first outing to the field was on August 8 of that year, and he was lucky to see, for the first time, a wild bear. That same year, the first camera traps were installed, 12 in total. “My father Javier and I were walking through the field, looking for bear tracks and exploring the pools of water.”The following year, in 2009, 40 more camera traps were deployed, both in the water sources and along the trails these animals use. There are currently 60 camera traps installed to monitor the bears.In 2008, they began using GPS collars. Laura was the first one to try this equipment, and until now there have been seven animals that have worn a collar for satellite tracking.“Once, we discovered that one of the bears walked 150 kilometers in three days and moved from Batán Grande to Cajamarca,” Vallejos said.Vallejos also says that this project has involved several members of his family. His younger brother began going out to the field at age 11 to help with the monitoring and the logistic side of deploying the camera traps. That experience captivated him, and now he is a biologist.Appleton, director of SBC, refers to the Andean bear as a charismatic and funny animal that likes to play and relax. She also said that they spend a lot of time resting during the day due to the high temperatures of the area, which border 45 degrees Celsius (113 Fahrenheit). For that reason, it is easy to see them frolicking in the small lagoons which they frequent.Two Andean bears, mother and son, in their habitat in Batán Grande, Lambayeque. Photo courtesy of SBC PeruHowever, she is concerned about the declining number of bears in Peru and South America in general. It is estimated that there are 20,000 individuals throughout the region and 5,000 in Peru. The species is categorized as Vulnerable according to the Red List of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).The director of SBC says that the species and its habitat are threatened by land trafficking, hunting, events such as forest fires that have destroyed several camera traps, and the El Niño phenomenon, which in 2017 affected all this territory.Appleton also points out that in recent years, the organization has been working with the local population conducting school awareness programs on the conservation of the species and the protection of its habitat, as well as conducting projects to generate resources for women in the villages of the region surrounding the conservation area.Cover photo courtesy of SBC PeruThis story was reported by Mongabay’s Latin America (Latam) team and was first published in Spanish on our Latam site on July 6, 2018. Article published by Romina Castagnino Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored
When I asked Jessica how important it was for her to continue to serve- more than a decade after her heroic time in uniform she was quick to say how she was both “honored and humbled” to have the opportunity to inspire others, and fulfill her original goal of being a hero- as a teacher in the classroom to young boys and girls. As we honor our veterans this November 11, and as we support them throughout the year, we should reflect on what really makes them heroic. For Jessica Lynch, as heroic as her actions were in uniform, her commitment to service today is equally inspirational. Soldier, teacher and- as always- hero! For more on how you can hire today’s heroes please check out all of the resources that SHRM has compiled for you and your organization. Click here for more. The former- POW’s equally inspiring journey after combat In March 2003 our nation’s conscious was fixated on the start of military operations in Iraq. Tens of thousands of our troops marched to Baghdad and beyond, and one of those Soldiers was Army Private First Class Jessica Lynch. While many may recall the former POW’s harrowing and inspirational story of courage and commitment, her journey and dedication to service after the military is equally heroic. Jessica shared her very powerful and personal story as the opening keynote speaker during SHRM’s October Diversity and Inclusion Conference in Austin, TX. I had the opportunity to sit-down with Jessica before her opening keynote speech and asked her about life after the Army, and the challenges and opportunities she’s had over these last 13-years since she nearly lost her life in the service of her country.“It’s not easy,” Jessica candidly acknowledged as she discussed both her personal transition from service as well as the challenges thousands of other veterans face each year. The wounds of war – visible or invisible- make that transition all the more challenging. Jessica talked about those struggles, and how organizations need to be both “patient” and supportive as veterans find their place outside of uniform.
On April 17 @shrmnextchat chatted with @DrDianeHamilton, #SHRM19 speaker, nationally syndicated radio host, leadership speaker and author of “Cracking the Curiosity Code,” and Creator of Curiosity Code Index to talk about How to Create Cultures of Curiosity. If you missed this excellent #Nextchat filled with great advice for organizations to encourage more curiosity and innovation, you can read all the tweets HERE or below:
Transfers Simeone ‘annoyed’ as Vietto nears Atletico exit Joe Wright 01:26 1/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Atlético Madrid Eibar v Atlético Madrid Benfica v Sporting CP Valencia Sporting CP Primera División Primeira Liga The attacker is close to leaving the club and his current boss is unhappy to be losing a player he holds in high regard Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone admits he his annoyed at the prospect of losing Luciano Vietto in the transfer window.The striker has been heavily linked with Sporting CP and Valencia after failing to secure a regular spot in the Atletico side in La Liga.With Diego Costa and Vitolo having completed their long-awaited moves to the Wanda Metropolitano, it is expected Vietto will leave this month in a bid to find consistent first-team football. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Simeone, however, is unhappy the 24-year-old has not been able to make the impact befitting his level of ability, with Vietto yet to score this term.”I’ve spoken with him and he has a good opportunity to leave,” Simeone told a news conference on Tuesday.”I wish him the best and I hope he goes to a competitive team.”His departure annoys me because his performances haven’t been accompanied by goals in a team that doesn’t wait.”He has been one of our best players. I love him as a person and he is an amazing footballer.”It’s a shame he hasn’t been able to add goals to his game.”Vietto, who joined from Villarreal in 2015 and spent last season on loan at Sevilla, had been expected to finalise a move to Sporting in the coming days.However, reported interest from Valencia appears to have held up his departure as he assesses his next move.
For Oklahoma State and Oklahoma, the path to the 2016 Big 12 title is quite simple. If either team wins its next two games, it wins the conference title. That could actually mean a murky path to the CFB Playoffs as well, but we’ll get to that later on.There are only three teams left in the Big 12 race as OU has zero losses and the fourth place team currently has three. No matter what OU does, the only teams that can catch it are Oklahoma State and West Virginia. So let’s get to the scenarios, shall we? Here are the current records:OSU: 6-1OU: 7-0WVU: 5-1This is a little complicated because West Virginia still has three games left — OU and Baylor at home and at Iowa State (what could go wrong?) So I based everything on what they did in those two games. Here’s a look at the chart.This is actually probably more simple than it looks. In every scenario, if OU wins two games or OSU wins two games, they win the league. That accounts for most of the 24 scenarios. West Virginia only has three paths. They have to win out and have either OU beat OSU (this is their best path) or have TCU beat OSU.There are actually a few scenarios in which OSU could lose to TCU and still win the Big 12 title. It would have to have West Virginia beat OU and then turn around and lose to either Baylor or Iowa State. Then OSU would have to win Bedlam. If WVU beat OU and Iowa State but lost to, say, Baylor, and OSU won Bedlam, all three teams would be 7-2 but OSU would have beaten the other two and would be Big 12 champ.If OU wins this weekend and OSU loses, Bedlam will be for pride. The Big 12 will already be decided.My own personal nightmare is Baker Mayfield healing a broken leg at midfield and throwing 7 TDs to beat OSU and win the Big 12 losing to TCU and beating OU to let WVU win the Big 12. This would be peak Oklahoma Stating.So the mission for Oklahoma State is straightforward: Just win, baby. Just as it has been all season. I personally would love to see OSU and OU win huge this weekend and create one more Bedlam for the Big 12 title. This would be the fourth in six years and the last before next year’s reinstated conference championship game. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
Mason Rudolph and J.W. Walsh worked hand-in-hand for a full season together as one of the best 1-2 QB punches OSU has ever deployed. But General Walsh is no longer a Cowboy, taking a job coaching the offense as a graduate assistant at TCU in the offseason. So Rudolph ceased the moment to shoot his shot and throw a bit of shade towards Walsh after their big win over his former teammate:Fun day in Fort Worth, learned it from you @coachwalshtcu ? #GoPokes pic.twitter.com/TdcZdUKUoB— Mason Rudolph (@Rudolph2Mason) November 19, 2016 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. The winky face emoji means it’s a joke, and Walsh almost definitely got a little giggle from his young pup who ran for 2 touchdowns in true J.W. Walsh form. It takes some confidence to hit send on a tweet like that, and it’s pretty clear QB1’s confidence is sky high as they roll into the bye week to prepare for a Big 12 title showdown with the Sooners.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. The spectacle that is the college football playoff held their penultimate show on Tuesday evening. Oklahoma State went into the week at No. 10 from last week’s release, and again remained in the 10th spot this week in the latest rankings.The Cowboys are 11th in both the AP and Coaches poll this week, but the playoff committee’s rankings are the rankings that ultimately decide their future — and a chance at a potential playoff spot. Although a lot would have to happen.Colorado has passed Oklahoma for No. 8. OU No. 9, Oklahoma State No. 10.RIP, Big 12.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) November 30, 2016Here’s the full top 25:Fifth Rankings: The #CFBPlayoff Selection Committee Top 25 for games played through November 26. pic.twitter.com/tSlBNBS48K— College Football Playoff (@CFBPlayoff) November 30, 2016
On Monday, Mike Gundy held his first press conference of the year as his team opened spring camp. The topics spanned from Central Michigan to pulling out his wallet to make wagers about Dana Holgorsen (which … who hasn’t?)One of his more telling comments gave us some insight into what he has planned for the Cowboy offense and how he sees the backup quarterback competition shaking out.“We would like to come up with a package like we had with J.W. (Walsh) for one of them,” said Gundy. “I would like to do that forever if we had the option, but we didn’t have that person last year.”The need for a more effective option in the red zone is real. Last season, the Cowboys averaged 4.52 points per red-zone attempt — third-worst over the last nine years — and down from 4.75 in 2015 (when they had J.W. Walsh). Whether that is personnel or execution, it’s hard to argue with the numbers.And it appears Gundy already has his eye set on a couple of candidates.“I think we have a couple of guys that meet that criteria and that could be successful in that style of play,” Gundy said. “What that will do is give them some added reps in practice and games and potentially help us solidify who will be the No. 2 guy. (Keondre) Wudtee obviously has had a great offseason and (John) Kolar has had a great offseason.”Kolar is a mobile option with the ball in his hands and has packed on some muscle since arriving in Stillwater two years ago.“John is a lot different than what people think,” said Gundy. “He came in at about 130 pounds, jokingly. He looked like he was about 130 pounds, but his body has developed and he looks like he may be able to ﬁt that role.”“We’re looking to establish a backup quarterback and maybe somebody that can be a short-yardage guy for us.”Presumably Wudtee or Kolar would fill the short-yardage role. If the two roles are different, I think that means we can semi-confidently pencil in Taylor Cornelius as the true No. 2 to back up Mason Rudolph, at least pending some developments this spring. I don’t think there’s any doubt Mike Gundy wants to keep Jelani Woods’ redshirt intact, given the opportunity.Just because Wudtee is a candidate for the J.W. role, doesn’t mean he can’t spin it which could be an intriguing twist on the red-zone QB thing.R-Fr. QB Keondre Wudtee’s release looking much more refined in year two with the program. pic.twitter.com/5XFNyQpMRL— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) March 6, 2017He’s a big man.Gundy was asked about his true freshman QB and where he expects him to be physically — after a presumed redshirt year.“Maybe 270 pounds or so”, said Gundy. “He’s at 253 right now. He’s a big man.”He is big, especially for a quarterback. The tallest NFL quarterback in history was Dan McGwire at 6-foot-8 and he was 240 pounds when he was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in 1991. Woods is 6’7 and already at 253 according to his head coach.Gundy lauded Woods for making it through the offseason running program held by Rob Glass, even admitting he would have quit had he been put through such strenuous training.Woods may be the quarterback of the future at OSU, but this spring is all about getting reps for all of the QBs on the roster.“There is never enough reps to go around for the quarterback position though,” Gundy said “because unlike those other positions there’s only one guy out there.”The good news for Gundy is that the talent at the most important position on the field may be as deep as he’s ever had at OSU. Let’s just hope they all stick around.“What’s encouraging about Wudtee, Kolar and even on a short note with Jelani (Woods) is that they’re extremely competitive,” said Gundy.Even when it comes to being more vocal.Cool teaching moment for Jelani Woods. Gotta teach the youngsters to speak up (turn up volume). pic.twitter.com/E6hNFX7WY5— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) March 6, 2017 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
While many signed recruits have used the football offseason to work out or just to rest, incoming freshman receiver LC Greenwood was running.Track season just ended, and Greenwood competed in the 200-meter, 4×400-meter relay and the 4×100-meter relay for his high school. He is signed to play football for the Cowboys in the 2017 season, but he said running track at OSU remains “a possibility.”“It depends on how the season goes,” Greenwood said.But he isn’t the only Cowboy recruit in the 2017 class who was out running. Just a few days after his graduation from Lakeview Centennial High School, he will report in Stillwater for summer camp June 2 and move in with his roommates and fellow freshmen receivers Tylan Wallace and Braydon Johnson. They’ve met.“It makes you more comfortable,” Greenwood said. “I’ve encountered them in track season because they’re track runners, too.”It has been a hectic few months for Greenwood since National Signing Day. Track kept him busy. He was nominated for prom king last weekend. Spring football practice just started, so he is out there helping the younger guys through it. And now he has to get ready to leave for Stillwater in a few weeks.“Finally starting to pack my bags and stuff, getting my stuff together,” Greenwood said.Greenwood also attended an awards ceremony Thursday night. He said it’s all been such a blessing to see where some of his friends have signed to play collegiately and even those who didn’t, it’s still just a fun time.Not everything is so easy though. Greenwood said the hardest part about the transition process to college is living on his own. No mom to do laundry, pack a lunch or say good night.“The waking up, being on my own part,” Greenwood said. “Not having anyone to wake you up and all that.”Greenwood said though learning how to live on his own might be tough, there’s one thing that he is most excited about when he gets to Stillwater.“Playing football,” Greenwood said. “Taking on the challenge.” While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Abrams is picking between OSU, Colorado and Mississippi State.“They want me to play strong safety,” the 6-foot-3 Abrams told PFB after a recent visit. “They said they like long safeties like Tre Flowers, so they see me like another safety like him when my game gets better. So I felt comfortable with that.”Following his visit to Stillwater, Abrams noted that it was Colorado and OSU who were giving him the most attention on the recruiting trail.OSU already has several commitments at safety in the 2018 class in Kanion Williams and Jarrick Bernard, but a junior college player like Abrams may be more primed to compete for a spot from day one. Team memberStevenPorterThomasCoxBoone PredictionOSUOSUMississippi StateOSUMississippi State The Reload is PFB’s recruiting recap catching you up to speed with the latest Oklahoma State recruiting news, with an ear to the ground for what to expect.How Hunter Anthony’s relationship with Henson led to OSUJacob Unruh of The Oklahoman wrote an awesome profile on OSU 2018 offensive line pledge Hunter Anthony, who said the reason for his commitment to OSU hinged on Henson’s return to Stillwater to coach the offensive line group after being on staff behind Greg Adkins for a year.“That was probably the thing that sealed the deal,” Anthony said. “The coaching staff was awesome before him, but whenever he got there, man, I really wanted to be a part of it.”AdChoices广告Anthony, a Tuttle, Oklahoma native who stands at an intimidating 6-foot-7, 315 pounds, is one of five bullies up front Henson has landed commitments from since taking over the gig in February.2018 offensive tackle Darrell Simpson names OSU in final eightFour-star offensive tackle Darrell Simpson, a top-20 prospect in the 2018 class in Texas, named OSU in his final eight schools this week along with OU, LSU, TCU, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Arkansas and Ohio State.Simpson is a monstrous offensive lineman who has been on OSU’s radar since J.W. Walsh was on campus and was his guide on a recruiting visit, and he’s been target No. 1 since Josh Henson took over. All indications lead me to believe he is leaning heavily towards OU—but I get the feeling Henson is keeping the Cowboys in play. Delrick Abrams commitment primer2018 safety Delrick Abrams, a junior college prospect playing for Independence C.C., will make his commitment on Friday. Our team made predictions on Wednesday and we were split between OSU and Mississippi State, with the Cowboys holding a slight 3-2 edge. Despite five commitments at offensive line in the 2018 class, Simpson would be a must-take under any circumstance if he gave the green light to OSU. The blue-chip talent from Justin, Texas, is a can’t-miss prospect at 6-foot-7 and 335 pounds. No matter the scholarship count, OSU would make room for him.2019 linebacker Marcel Brooks names OSU in top 13Four-star class of 2019 linebacker Marcel Brooks dropped a photo naming his top 13 schools this week. Among them were OSU, TCU, OU, Penn State, Texas A&M, Florida, Baylor, Alabama, Texas, LSU, Florida State, Oregon and Clemson.https://twitter.com/MarcelBrooks_5/status/884511982900183041Brooks, who is one of the top outside linebackers in the country in the 2019 classification, is a top-100 national recruit and the No. 13 prospect in the great state of Texas from Flower Mound, Texas. He released his top 13 (the same top 13) back in June, but it seems he’s making another push of his list—potentially with the intent of narrowing it down soon.