Mickens Falls In Love With Oklahoma State

The first of the three official visitors to Oklahoma State over the weekend is on his way home. We caught up Sunday afternoon with explosive playmaker Jaydon Mickens of Los Angeles (Dorsey), Calif., in Oklahoma City's Will Rogers World Airport as he was waiting to board a flight home to L.A.

"It went great, my best visit so far," said Mickens, who has visited Washington (Nov. 25) and told us he is going to visit Oregon next week and probably Washington State the week after that.

"Yeah, this was way different than Los Angeles but it was nice. The people are really nice, and I made a lot of new friends, and the coaches are cool. Joseph Randle was my host and he is a great guy," said Mickens.

The 5-8, 175-pound Mickens was the MVP in the recent Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, which also featured Cowboy recruit and just enrolled quarterback Wes Lunt.

What strikes you and what you have read about in stories by Scout.com National recruiting analyst Brandon Huffman, who has good eyes on the West Coast, is that Mickens has big-time speed. He is a blazer, whether in the run game or as a receiver.

This past season his team at Los Angeles Dorsey High School went 11-2 before being eliminated in the playoffs. Mickens had 20 total touchdowns with 32 receptions for 558 yards and seven touchdowns. He also rushed for 378 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also was a huge contributor on special teams.

Mickens explained what the Oklahoma State coaches told him about how he would be used in the Cowboys offense.

"They want me as a running back that can catch balls out of the backfield and also take handoffs," he started. "They want to use me in the slot to come and take handoffs, and also catch passes there. They want to use me on punts and kicks for returns. They broke it down for me."

As for the campus in Stillwater, that seemed to be a highlight for Mickens.

"It is beautiful, not that it's old but it is historic," he said. "It is a landmark and something that should never be torn down. The buildings are all really beautiful. I think it is one of the most incredible things I have seen."

Mickens said he has visits ahead at Oregon and now Washington State. He said he will make his decision known on Jan. 31st at the ESPN Zone in Los Angeles.

"It is not going to be live on television, but there are going to be reporters there and they will video it," he explained. "I will call you and let you know about it."

Mickens said he won't say where he is going until then, but he did say this about Oklahoma State, "I'm in love with it."

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