Wide Receivers Dominate Camp Numbers

We saved our report on the wide receivers attending Oklahoma State's one-day, mini-camp this past weekend for last because there were more prospects at this position than any other. There were 37 wide receivers that showed up for the Cowboys mini camp on Sunday at Boone Pickens Stadium.

Why were there so many receivers making the trip to Stillwater? I think you can easily attribute that to the Cowboys offense of the past several seasons and the star power of the likes of Biletnikoff Award winner and All-American Justin Blackmon, who was in attendance at the camp, and Dez Bryant, who went on to star for the Dallas Cowboys before an injury prematurely ended his rookie season last fall.

Oklahoma State could be changing from being known as "Tailback U." to maybe being more well known as a "Wide Receiver U."

There were not that many easily identifiable prospects for the upcoming class and that is okay as Oklahoma State seems to have prospects offered and targeted for 2012. But there were some future prospects in the mix Sunday.

The fastest receiver in camp we were told and it appeared that way in watching the running was Stillwater's Jesse Vester. Vester is a vastly underrated receiver at 5-10, 200 pounds, but he has some legit speed and is physical.

Watch him on tape and not only does he make plays, but he also is an effective blocker in the run game. Last season he caught 61 passes for 868 yards and eight touchdowns. before anyone starts labeling me a Stillwater homer, my kids went to Edmond Memorial and I have no connection to Stillwater High School. I just enjoy watching that Jerame Littell-to-Vester combination a lot.

For 2012 Purcell, Okla., athlete/quarterback Cole Swayze, coming off a knee injury and previously having an Oklahoma State scholarship offer, worked out at wide receiver and showed good hands. The 6-1, 200-plus pound Swayze seemed to run well. Our guess would be 4.5 and change.

We have always liked the looks of Owasso wide receiver Keon Hatcher. The 6-1, 195-pound Hatcher did well in running routes and catching the football. He also got to work with his high school quarterbacks some in Kason and Coleman Key. Hatcher split his defender and caught a post in stride that made for a really pretty play.

Two very interesting prospects that I had not seen previously were Afton's Sam Shepard (6-1, 190) and Stroud's Dakota Briswell (6-2, 165). Both ran well, probably around 4.6. Both ran routes and caught the ball well. Briswell was really good at separating from the defender. He has a burst he can use and does well.

Okay, once I researched I found that Briswell has not been a receiver at Stroud, but just the leading rusher in Class 2A as he carried 260 times for 2,027 yards and 31 touchdowns for the Tigers last season. His 99-yard touchdown run on www.hudl.com is impressive to watch.

As for Shepard, he is a receiver and last season caught 36 passes for 655 yards and 14 touchdowns at Afton. These are two excellent sleeper recruits that somebody should jump on soon.

A Texas receiver that showed really good speed and work in the drills was Gary Davis of Mansfield, Texas. The 6-2, slender Davis ran well and was as good as anybody on pro agility and L drills.

A 2012 recruit out of Kansas is Collin Sexton, the younger brother of Kansas State 2011 gray-shirt and spring sensation Curry Sexton. Collin is small (5-10, 168) like his older brother, but has great hands, catches everything, and is a good small athlete.

Now for the young pups that showed off at the camp. Stephawn Hughes out of Fort Worth (Dunbar), Texas is the younger brother of Darius White, who signed with Texas. Hughes is a really good looking athlete that is tall and lanky and loaded with speed. He is just going to be a sophomore this fall and will be part of the recruiting class of 2014.

A pair for the class of 2013 are Greg Ward and Darion Flowers both of Tyler (John Tyler), Texas. Flowers is 5-10, 170 pounds and Ward is 5-10, 155 pounds. Both have some speed and did a good job of catching the ball in one-on-one work. There presence bodes well for John Tyler, who appears to be loaded with skill talent for the next couple of seasons.

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