Recruiting: Where Is OSU Now? Part II

This is part II of Robert Allen's "Where do the Cowboys stand? series on recruiting. Part II highlights defensive prospects and verbal commitments.

Defensive Tackle

Committed: Calvin Barnett, DT, 6-3, 283, 5.0, Tulsa (Washington), Okla./Navarro C.C., Texas

Recruiting: None

Yes, this is the same Barnett that de-committed at the last minute in the 2010 class and jumped over and signed with Arkansas. He never made it there and wound up at Navarro, where he has been a part of one NJCAA National Championship and could win another. He has also had a good season despite some injuries and he is now as you read it 283 pounds, down from 325 which is the weight he played at Tulsa Washington. This season he has had 35 tackles, one sack, four tackles for loss, and a conference leading three fumble recoveries.

Oklahoma State is only taking one defensive tackle with all the young talent on the team and none of them graduating.

Defensive End

Committed: Eric Davis, DE, 6-3, 240, 4.6, Tyler (John Tyler), Texas

Victor Irokansi, DE, 6-3, 230, 4.6, Pflugerville (Hendrickson), Texas

Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, 6-5, 230, 4.75, Fort Bend (Bush), Texas

Recruiting: Trace Clark, DE, 6-4 ½, 235, 4.7, Wichita (Collegiate), Kansas

How is this for fun? Just after the non-district season and about the time that Tyler defensive end Eric Davis switched his commitment from Texas A&M to Oklahoma State, Davis sacrificed for the good of the team and moved from end inside to defensive tackle. Tyler John Tyler went on an eight-game winning streak that included a first round playoff win over Texarkana (Texas) 46-14 and sets up a second round game with fellow Oklahoma State defensive end commitment Victor Irokansi and Pfugerville Hendrickson. That serves as must see football for Cowboy recruiting fans and maybe the Oklahoma State coaches. Davis' numbers are down playing inside with 33 unassisted tackles and 47 total. He has two sacks and an interception that he returned 35-yards and a blocked field goal. Irokansi, who showed off a little about a month ago when he sacked the quarterback right as Oklahoma State coaches Bill Young and Glenn Spencer walked up to watch him play, has played really well and had a sack again in the 34-20 playoff opening win over West Mesquite.

Emmanuel Ogbah is also in the playoffs as Fort Bend Bush edged Clear Creek 29-21 and faces LaPorte in the second round. Ogbah has great numbers this season with 43 unassisted tackles and 51 total. He has a whopping six sacks, a fumble recovery, and a fumble forced.

Trace Clark is being recruited by a bunch of schools in the Big 12 and Iowa, Oregon, and Purdue among others. Oklahoma State has been recruiting him from the beginning. Clark and Wichita Collegiate went 8-3 and bowed out in the first round of the Kansas playoffs losing to 5th ranked Garden Plain 18-15. Clark had a very productive senior season with 70 unassisted tackles and 106 total. He posted five sacks, two fumble recoveries, and three fumbles forced. Playing tight end, Clark caught 14 passes for 313 yards and three touchdowns. Clark is expected to visit Oklahoma State on Dec. 10.

Star/Linebacker

Committed: Jeremiah Tshimanga, LB, 6-3, 226, 4.6, North Richland Hills (Richland), Texas

Recruiting: Quadry Antoine, LB, 5-11, 206, 4.6, Belle Chasse, La.

Corey Thompson, LB, 6-2, 200, 4.6, Fort Bend (Elkins), Texas

Seth Jacobs, LB, 6-2, 205, 4.6, Arroyo Grande, Calif.

Jeremiah Tshimanga has been to several recent Oklahoma State home games and will be back again for Bedlam and he can't wait to get to Stillwater as he is going to enroll for the spring semester and be involved in spring football and get a head start.

The Cowboys are likely to take one or maybe two other players with the star position in mind. Quadry Antoine has been committed to Mississippi State, but is taking a look at a couple of other schools including Oklahoma State. An aggressive defender that played safety some in high school, Antoine can now devote more time to recruiting decisions as Belle Chasse went out in the first round of the Louisiana Class 4A high school playoffs to powerhouse St. Augustine 62-30. Fort Bend Bush standout and Texas A&M commitment Corey Thompson also has more time on his hands as Elkins ran into defending Class 5A Division I State Champion Pearland in the first round of the playoffs and lost 41-0. Thompson had a tremendous season and is in line for postseason honors in the Houston area.

The Cowboys discovered a Californian with Oklahoma ties this summer in Arroyo Grande defensive athlete Seth Jacobs. Jacobs has offers from a variety of Pac-12 schools including Cal, Oregon State, Washington, and also has an offer from Arkansas. His father is a native of Tulsa and played high school football at Tulsa Washington on one of their many state championship teams.

Safeties

Committed: Ashton Lampkin, DB, 5-11, 175, 4.4, Fort Worth (Dunbar), Texas

Recruiting: LaDarrell McNeil, 6-2 ½, 182, 4.6, Dallas (Wilmer Hutchins), Texas

Kevin Peterson, 5-10 ½, 170, 4.48, Wagoner, Okla.

Another position where the Cowboys have one commitment in talented Ashton Lampkin out of Fort Worth Dunbar, but could add another prospect or two depending on how all of their recruiting shakes out. Lampkin is an excellent defender with good size and very good speed and he is versatile enough to play cornerback. Dunbar made the playoffs but lost to a very powerful Aledo team and running back sensation Jonathan Gray 51-10.

The Cowboys are still recruiting two other talented players at that position including LaDarrell McNeil, who is committed to Tennessee, but is still listening to others. He has 54 unassisted tackles with 124 tackles overall. He has added a sack, an interception, and four fumbles caused. Wilmer Hutchins made the playoffs but lost in the first round to Prospect 28-7.

Kevin Peterson of Wagoner plays on as his team beat Fort Gibson and now take their 10-1 record to play upstart Woodward, who upset Douglass in the first round. Peterson is an Oklahoma State fan, has good speed and is a well-rounded player.


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