Final Recruiting Weekend Serves Two Purposes

This weekend will serve two-fold for the Oklahoma State coaching staff. First, it will wrap up the 2011 recruiting campaign with the final official visitors before National Signing Day, including a surprise recruit making the trip to Stillwater. The second purpose is to look ahead as Mike Gundy and his staff host a Junior Day with more than 50 high school players expected to attend.

We reported two weeks ago that huge 6-5, 290 pound two-way lineman Mike Mustafa out of tiny Faith West Academy in Katy, Texas was close to getting a an official visit. The all-district performer in TAPPS III District IV is a refugee from a football/academic fallout two years ago at Katy Morton Ranch High School that saw three coaches fired. Mustafa is what you would refer to as off the mainstream recruiting grid.

The other visitor for the weekend is a recent discovery as we understand that reported North Texas commitment and multi-talented athlete Torrance Carr of Richardson, Texas is planning to visit Oklahoma State.

The 6-3, 200-pound Carr was the Offensive MVP this season in District 5A-9. He threw for 482 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 892 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also had six receptions for 52 yards. As a junior, he was a full-time receiver before moving primarily to quarterback. It is believed that Oklahoma State is evaluating Carr as a receiver.

We know of at least 30 high school juniors, primarily from Oklahomam that are scheduled to attend Junior Day. However, there are also some Texans and players from Arkansas, Missouri and Kansas that are expected to visit.

A bevy of quarterbacks, including several of the top signal callers in Oklahoma and one of the higher rated QB prospects in Texas, will be on hand Saturday.

Jerame Littell, who plays at Stillwater High School just down the street from OSU, threw for 2,878 yards and 23 touchdowns last season. The son of OSU women's basketball assistant head coach Jim Littell, Jerame is 6-4, 195 pounds. He has a big arm.

Littell is the hometown guy, but Corben Jones has turned around the Yukon (Okla.) High School football fortunes. He passed for 2,294 yards and 25 touchdowns last season. Derrack Harger is garnering recruiting attention from all over as the dual-threat Sand Springs quarterback threw for 1,729 yards and 12 touchdowns and also ran the ball very effectively.

Plus, add to that quarterback lineup 6-3, 187-pound and speedy Beggs dual-threat quarterback Ramsey Hamilton (1,676 yards and 14 touchdowns passing) and Ponca City quarterback Brent Wilson (1,932 yards and 20 touchdowns passing).

From Texas there is Highland Park standout Brady Burgin. Burgin, who split time with a senior last season for the Scots, still earned a quarterback rating of 191.8 by completing 121 of 173 passes for 1,945 yards and 18 touchdowns with just 6 interceptions. He is 6-3, 201 pounds and is said to love the OSU offensive scheme. Another dual-threat quarterback or maybe a wide receiver is Lake Dallas product Dalyn Williams, who is 6-0, 180 with good speed.

The word is sensational running back Barry J. Sanders is going to attend a junior day at Florida State this weekend but most of the rest of his standout Heritage Hall classmates, all major Division I prospects, will be in Stillwater, including the Class 3A state championship game hero Sterling Shepard. He scored all of the Chargers' second-half touchdowns in a comeback win over Kingfisher. This season Shepard had 18 receiving touchdowns, 10 rushing TDs, 6 more on special teams, and he threw for 3 touchdowns.

Marcus Wakefield is a 6-1, 280-pound two-way lineman that we like at defensive tackle because he had 137 tackles and 15 sacks last season. Quintaz Struble is 6-3, 240 and he had 104 tackles and 15 sacks for Heritage Hall.

The running back attendees are also impressive with Midwest City's James Flanders (1,672 yards rushing), Southmoore's Andrew Long (1,499 yards rushing), and Putnam City's Casey Curtis (1,659 yards rushing) all expected in Stillwater on Saturday.

Among the linemen scheduled to attend are Guthrie's outstanding offensive tackle prospect Blake Belcher (6-6, 275), Jake Williams of Coppell, Texas, and Fort Smith Southside, Ark., standout center Austin Moreton (6-3, 310).

Lawton Ike wide receiver Adrian McDonald, Missouri standouts Cameron Stubbs of St. Louis University and Potosi wide receiver Trevor Cain, and Purcell's Cole Swayze round out some of the very athletic skill players expected. The 5-10, 172-pound Stubbs can run and catch out of the backfield with equal success. Swayze, who has played quarterback, has great size and 4.4 speed. Cain had 28 catches for 825 yards and 11 touchdowns last season.

Some of the defensive seniors-to-be expected include Plano West linebacker Bryce Cottrell. The 6-3, 220-pounder attended a pair of OSU games and finished this season with 80 tackles and 5 sacks. Tyler John Tyler defensive end Eric Davis is 6-3, 227 and had 63 tackles and 12 sacks as a junior.

Edmond North linebacker Ryan Adams had 122 tackles last season. Two prospects from Sheridan, Ark. – defensive tackle Justin Rollans and athlete Bailey McIver (6-5, 200 pounds, with 97 tackles as a junior linebacker) – have indicated they will be making the drive to Stillwater.

It appears to be a group high on quality and numerically could end up somewhere in the 60 to 70 range in total attendance.

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