LaDarrell McNeil, Kevin Peterson Top DBs

Two of the more highly regarded and highly recruited secondary players in this region attending Sunday's one-day camp at Oklahoma State were safety prospect LaDarrell McNeil of Dallas (A. Maceo Smith) and Kevin Peterson from Wagoner, Okla.

We do not know what the players ran in their speed work on the forty with Oklahoma State associate athletic director for strength and conditioning Rob Glass, but the majority of the defensive backs looked smooth, including McNeil and Peterson. Joining McNeil at the camp was his teammate in the secondary Damien Lawry. Both are being recruited, but McNeil has collected more than 25 offers thus far.

LaDarrell McNeil looked good on the pro-agility and L-drill work and was solid in his work on one-on-one coverage. He was also there early as he and Lawry were brought to Stillwater from Dallas by their head football coach Elzie Barnett. Barnett has long been known as a high school coach that does his best to get his players seen by the college coaches. His own sons play at the University of Texas and the University of Michigan.

"It went well and I really liked working out with the coaches," said McNeil when he called us on his way back to Dallas.

The 6-2, 185-pound McNeil had a monster 148 tackles last season with two sacks and three interceptions. That followed up a sophomore season where he posted 89 tackles with four sacks.

McNeil said he spent some time watching tape with OSU safeties coach Joe DeForest, and he picked up on a lot of the coverages and adjustments.

"I like being considered a smart player," McNeil added. "At safety you have to know what is going on all over the field."

As for recruiting, for a guy that has offers from the likes of Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Clemson, Arkansas, Tennessee, USC, and Syracuse, it was interesting that he only mentioned one school.

"Yes sir, it's (recruiting) fun, and Oklahoma State is the leader," he said.

Asked about other schools, he didn't mention any although he said he might try to visit some others later this summer.

Kevin Peterson has been a two-way player for Wagoner and last season rushed for 728 yards and nine touchdowns in addition to his duty on defense. The 5-10, 165-pound Peterson is a cornerback prospect that looked good and was aggressive in his coverage skills during the camp.

Other defensive backs that stood out in our observations included McNeil's teammate Lawry, who is 5-10, 160 pounds. He's not very big, but Tulsa Washington's Jared Collins looked really fast as did Ardmore's Kenyon Gordon.

Two corners from Texas that looked good in drills were Kamryn Howard and junior/2013 class prospect Traven Johnson. Johnson is 6-0, 170 pounds it looks like, big for a corner prospect that is going to be a junior this fall. Their teammate and safety prospect is Devonte Jones.

Safety Jonathan Parks of North Little Rock, Ark., looked good and has size, around 6-2, 180 pounds. Another young pup, 2013 prospect with Cowboy ties, is Khari Harding of Edmond (Okla.) Santa Fe. Harding is the nephew of former OSU defensive tackle Rodney Harding. The 6-0, 200-pound Harding started as a sophomore for the Wolves last season.

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