Monken On The Road Looking At QBs

The Oklahoma State Cowboys are close to finishing up the four weeks on the road for the spring evaluation period. New offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Todd Monken was spotted Thursday in the Houston region, and Monken is out specifically looking at quarterbacks.

The former NFL assistant with the Jacksonville Jaguars that also previously coached wide receivers at Oklahoma State had told me that he was personally going to get out and see quarterback candidates in the 2012 class throw.

Of course, Monken and Oklahoma State will also get to see some candidates throw this summer at camps as well. We know Monken went to Rochester, Ill., to see Wes Lunt, a 6-5, 195-pound standout, throw.

We are guessing that in the Houston area that Monken likely wanted to see the likes of Brooks Haack of Katy and Ford Childress of Kinkaid. I'm sure there are others he went to eyeball as well.

Meanwhile, you likely saw our report on tight end Jonathan Curry of Phenix City (Central), Ala., and saw where his personal trainer is former Oklahoma State star running back Dantrell Savage. We have found some other tight end prospects for the Cowboys, who we believe will only look to sign one player at that position.

Among the prospects we've isolated are Broken Arrow, Okla., product Zac Veatch. The 6-4, 235-pound Veatch has game tape that can be viewed on and he is good. Last season against Bartlesville in the regular season finale he caught two touchdown passes, including a 40-yard score right down the middle of the field. He also had two sacks in that win by the Tigers. Veatch caught 19 passes in the regular season and 10 of those receptions went for touchdowns.

Veatch has offers from Baylor, Houston, Kansas, Oregon State, Tulsa, and Wyoming, while Oklahoma State, OU, and Missouri are showing interest.

Brock Behrndt, out of Wildwood (Lafayette), Mo., is another tight end prospect. The 6-5, 235-pound Behrndt caught 14 passes for 200 yards and 2 touchdowns. He averaged 14.3 yards per catch. The third team all-conference tight end as a junior runs a 4.8 in the forty.

There is also Justin Chandler out of Kingwood (Kingwood Park), Texas. Chandler is 6-5, 235 pounds that moved into Kingwood Park midway through the season from Jacksonville, Fla. Monken is aware of him from Jacksonville. He finished with 10 catches for 117 yards and 2 touchdowns, but you can be sure he will be a larger part of the offense this upcoming season. Despite coming in late, Chandler was named first team All-District 18-4A. He was also all-district on the basketball court for Kingwood Park. Florida followed him west and the Gators, Indiana, Iowa, Oklahoma State, Purdue, South Carolina, and Texas are showing recruiting interest.

Add Austin Ray to the list as well. The 6-6, 234-pound tight end from Columbia (Rock Bridge), Mo., is right down the street from the Mizzou Tigers but Oklahoma State, Iowa, LSU, OU, Nebraska, and Wisconsin are all showing interest, along with the hometown Tigers. Ray also plays basketball, but started his junior football season on fire with his first four catches going for touchdowns, including two in the win over arch rival Jefferson City.

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