OSU One-Day Camp Has Unbelievable Turnout

STILLWATER - The Oklahoma State football staff will be welcoming the 2011 Cowboys on Thursday to get started with fall camp and the final weeks of preparation for the much anticipated football season. But Sunday the staff had their hands full as a surprisingly large turnout of high school seniors, juniors, and sophomores showed up for a half-day minicamp, the final camp offering of the summer.

More than 100 walk-up participants joined the expected players that had sent in or phoned in their camp registration. In all, 180 campers were in Stillwater to tour the Oklahoma State facilities and then spend close to three hours in the brutally hot conditions going through skill tests, drills, and one-on-one and seven-on-seven competition. It was really an amazing turnout.

"It is surprising to have that many youngsters show up," Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy said. "With football starting so soon, we had young men coming in from a lot of states (Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Georgia), and the heat it really shows where our program is. We really didn't advertise this camp. It was on our website."

It was also surprising to see so many parents, relatives, and friends set up lawn chairs and blankets to set out in the heat to watch the workout.

There were a good number of prospects mixed in with the dedicated campers. They ranged from prospects for the 2012, 2013, and even the 2014 recruiting classes.

We'll take a look at it position by position. Highlights included the participation of, as mentioned in an earlier story posted on GoPokes.com, wide receiver Brandon Sheperd of Chesterfield (Parkway Central), Mo., and Elite 11 QB Camp MVP Neal Burcham out of Greenbrier, Ark.

Oklahoma State offensive line offered prospect Jamar Clark out of McCrory, Ark., was in Stillwater, as was prospect Paul Lewis out of Galena Park North Shore in Texas.

There also were some very interesting Class of 2013 prospects at quarterback, wide receiver, running back, and linebacker. There were also two very interesting 2014 prospects in already highly regarded defensive tackle Peyton Newell out of Hiawatha, Kan., and Broken Arrow running back Devon Thomas.

Quarterbacks
We were surprised to see the 6-2, 185-pound Neal Burcham out of Greenbrier, Ark. He went to California and earned MVP honors and loads of praise at the Elite 11 Camp. Over the past two season he has thrown for more than 5,700 yards and 60 touchdowns while completing 63 percent of his passes.

Burcham ran well and threw well in all the drills. He has just one scholarship offer from Arkansas State, but attention from the likes of Arkansas, LSU, Missouri, Alabama, and Tennessee.

Stillwater's Jerame Littell has worked on his mechanics. While we have liked him every step of the way, the 6-2, 195-pound Littell threw with a little more zip. He also ran pretty well. Littell has been getting steady interest but no Division I offers yet. I'm honestly shocked at that.

The athletic Ramsey Hamilton out of Beggs, Okla., was also back for a second camp this summer. He appeared to be the fastest of the quarterbacks.

There were three quarterbacks in the class of 2013 that we noticed, two of those from Texas. Broken Bow's Hunter Neal is 6-2, 192 pounds and is slated to start this season after waiting on senior Payton Werner, who threw for over 1,800 yards and 19 touchdowns last season.

Keep an eye on Carson Earp (6-3, 183) from Robinson, Texas. Last season Earp earned Class 2A All-State honors in Texas playing at Jacksboro where he threw for 2,838 yards and 31 touchdowns with 13 interceptions. All of that as a sophomore. The other Texan is Davis Webb (6-3, 182) out of Keller High School. Webb threw for 204 yards and a touchdowns last season as a backup but he should be the guy this season as a junior.

Running Backs
Stillwater's Davion Carter (5-9, 180) was the best of the seniors-to-be as he always runs well and last season rushed for 1,050 yards and eight touchdowns for the Pioneers.

Two juniors to keep an eye on this fall are Bentonville, Ark., standout and speedster Tearris Wallace (5-9, 201). Wallace is the combination you look for of size and speed as he runs in the 4.5 range, great for a 200-pounder. Last season in the Class 7A championship game he rushed for 191 yards and five touchdowns in leading his team to the title and earning the MVP of the contest.

DeAndre Brown (5-8, 166) of Lewisville, Texas is another running back that runs well and has good moves. Brown has been playing on the varsity for the Farmers since he was a freshman and is also a track standout.

Wide Receivers
It could be coming down to Oklahoma State and Missouri very soon for the commitment from Sheperd (6-2, 192). Sheperd was rumored to be in Stillwater on Thursday, but actually came in with his high school coach for the one-day camp on Sunday.

He had visited Missouri earlier in the week and he also has offers from a list of schools including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kansas State, Cincinnati, and Minnesota. As a junior he caught 20 passes for 440 yards and four touchdowns while making 52 tackles, five sacks and a pair of interceptions on defense. This guy is smooth on his routes and everything he does. He is really a pretty athlete to watch. A decision could be coming soon.

Blake Webb (5-11, 187) is a name that has caught fire after sizzling in the forty when the Oklahoma State staff was guest coaching at a one-day camp in Houston. The receiver out of The Woodlands was up to see Stillwater on Sunday. He again ran really well. Our guess was right around 4.5. Last season he caught 47 passes for 903 yards and five touchdowns. Webb has offers from Air Force, Boston College, Duke, Minnesota, and Rice.

Stillwater's speedy Jesse Vester (5-9, 197) was back for his second camp of the summer. He ran well and caught the ball well, something he does with a lot of consistency.

In a surprise Putnam City running back prospect Casey Curtis went through the day with the receivers. The 5-7, 172-pound speedy Curtis showed he can catch the ball quite well and is obviously trying to show college coaches his versatility.

There were four 2013 prospects worth watching n the receivers group. They are Tulsa East Central speedster Stanvon Taylor (5-10, 162), Stillwater's Darian Williams (6-2, 193), and the tandem from Fort Worth (O.D. Wyatt) in Texas in Ladell Marshall (5-11, 193) and Deon Daniels (5-10, 182). All four ran well and caught the ball well. Williams has really intriguing size.

Tight Ends
I was disappointed that neither Broken Arrow's Zac Veatch and Owasso's Matt Gallagher made it to the event. But Grant Davis of KIngwood High School in Texas did. The 6-3, 263-pound Davis could play at either tight end or defensive end. He has shown on tape to be a solid playmaker and looked good in the drills.

Offensive Linemen
It is always a treat to watch Oklahoma State offensive line coach Joe Wickline work out campers. Wickline gets into every workout whether they are young kids or big kids like on Sunday.

Jamar Clark out of McCrory, Ark. is 6-5, 304 pounds, runs well and is athletic and has an Oklahoma State scholarship offer. This is another recruiting situation to watch closely that could wind up sometime soon.

There were three other offensive linemen in the 2012 recruiting class that caught my eye. Adam Butler out of Duncanville, Texas is 6-3, 284 pounds and is really athletic.

Two of the most impressive linemen we saw on Sunday were Micah Goodman (6-3, 281), out of Medford, Okla., and Paul Lewis (6-2, 282), out of Galena Park North Shore. Lewis was hoping to get an Oklahoma State offer on his trip to Stillwater.

There were also three younger offensive line prospects to check out, including Mitch Henderson of Kingfisher, Okla.. Henderson is 6-5, 283 and ran well and looked good in all the drills. He may be your top offensive line prospect in the state for 2013.

Chase Regian (6-2, 272) out of Rockwall (Heath), Texas and Trey Martin (6-2, 284) out of Lake Hamilton, Ark., were also good junior linemen in attendance.


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