Cowboy Recruiting Notebook

It is looking pretty obvious that Oklahoma State is putting an emphasis on the quarterback position in recruiting the 2012 class at this point. Offensive coordinator Todd Monken got out a lot in the back half of the evaluation period to see quarterbacks like Sanger's Dane Evans, Austin St. Edwards' Preston Dewey, Stillwater's Jerame Littell, and standout Brent Vanderveen of Arroyo Granda, Calif.

One of the early quarterbacks that Monken saw was Rochester, Ill., product Wes Lunt, who was in Stillwater on Thursday and Friday for an unofficial visit. It would appear that Lunt is impressed, and so are the Cowboys.

Vanderveen was very excited about the scholarship offer he received from OSU after Monken saw him earlier this week.

I would guess that Lunt and Vanderveen are in the top two positions based on scholarships, but I would also expect Oklahoma State to move quickly. There is one quarterback spot available and it will go to the first quarterback with an offer that answers affirmative.

This is a position to watch on a daily basis now that all but Vanderveen are out of school (he will be soon), and they have a lot of time to think about it and also to go to camps. All of these quarterbacks have multiple schools recruiting them.

Hot Junior
Most of us aren't thinking about 2013 prospects generally this time of the recruiting season as coaches and 2012 prospects are ramped up for the camp season, but as college coaches are out there in the spring evaluation period they are looking at 2013 prospects too.

One of the hotest juniors-to-be for this fall is in Oklahoma in defensive end D.J. Ward of Lawton. On Friday, Oklahoma State and Oregon State joined the group of schools with early offers as they pitched a scholarship opportunity at the 6-4, 235-pound standout Wolverine defender.

Last fall in a stellar season for Lawton, which made it all the way to the semifinals, Ward collected 94 total tackles and nine sacks. He was seen a lot as teammates Tyrequek Zimmerman and Jabral Johnson, both headed to Oregon State, got a lot of recruiting attention. Earlier this week Texas Tech offered Ward to go with earlier offers from Texas A&M, Tulsa, Kansas State, Arizona, and OU.

Carter Country
Defensive back Jimmy Carter of Wagoner, Okla., is a really good prospect. He told The Tulsa World in an interview that was published on Friday, "I want to go to Oklahoma State to play football."

Carter had 92 total tackles and picked off six interceptions last season. The 6-0, 175-pound speedy Carter also played offense and caught 20 passes for 240 yards with five touchdown catches and two rushing touchdowns.

Carter may have some academics work to do to insure going straight to OSU. If not, there is a junior college in Miami, Okla., that would love to help him get there.

Hines Has Cowboys in Top Five
Will Hines, another top defensive back prospect out of Waco, Texas, told Scout's Erin Hartigan that he likes the Cowboys. The 6-1, 190-pound Hines is getting a lot of recruiting attention and has an Oklahoma State offer.

"It's all pretty even because I haven't made any visits." But he admits, "For right now my top five are Arkansas, Missouri, Cal, Baylor, and OSU." (In that order)

He explains:
Arkansas: "I think I would get to play there as a fresman because they have a lot of seniors at my position, and they have a really good receiving core, which will help me get better at practices. And all of the coaches are fired up when I call."

Missouri: "I got invited to their spring game a while back, and they told me whenever I want to visit, they'll make it Will Hines Day. I talk with Coach Odom most. He said I don't have to come to their camp. He just wants me to see the campus and facilities."

California: "My favorite NFL player went there (Nnamdi Asomugha) and academic-wise they're A1 ... One of the best."

Baylor: "They come up to the school a lot. I like all the coaches, Achuff, Briles, everyone." (Growing up in Waco, he says he's very familiar with Bears football.)

Oklahoma State: "I've been talking to Coach (Doug) Meacham and Coach (Jason) Jones for a while now. They were the first ones to offer me. I have a good relationship with them. They're real cool."

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