Recruiting 2012: Huge Weekend For Pokes

Okay, here is the major weekend that Oklahoma State has started majoring in with its recruiting efforts during the Mike Gundy regime. The strategy has worked in year's past and the hope is it will do so again.

The difference this recruiting season is that the attitude and actions of the prospects tends to be changing. Fortunately, for Oklahoma State it hasn't been that way with their long time commitments.

The change is that in past years, really most of the last decade the majority of prospects have wanted to find their school and once they did make the pledge and stay solid until making it official on signing day. This recruiting season more prospects are waiting until later to get in visits and make decisions and many previously committed recruits have done some looking around and it seems there have been more de-commits and changes.

Oklahoma State got burned by early commitments Bralon Addison (Texas A&M), Kendall Sanders (Texas) and J.C. offensive lineman Donald Hawkins (Texas). The Hawkins switch actually worked in the Cowboys favor as Jonathan Rush getting a sixth-year of eligibility made taking a junior college offensive lineman unnecessary.

You can see this weekend the Cowboys will entertain all of their committed players that have not visited as of yet or are not already enrolled in classes. We list Wes Lunt below because the new member of the team never made an official visit and will be around a bunch this weekend to meet his new teammates and classmates. Offensive linemen Greg Brantley and Paul Lewis will be there and Lunt will want to get to know his potential future protectors.

That position also has an uncommitted visitor in, at leas uncommitted to Oklahoma State. Aledo, Texas, All-State offensive lineman Michael Wilson committed early to Texas A&M and he has since been to OSU on an unofficial visit and this weekend is set to make an official visit. He did a lot of blocking for Texas high school and national record holder and All-State running back Jonathan Gray.

Among the other Oklahoma State committed visitors are a slew of pass catchers in the very explosive wide receiver out of Flowery Branch, Georgia, C.J. Curry; The Woodlands inside receiver Blake Webb; and Broken Arrow tight end Zac Veatch.

There are also two receivers that are not on the Cowboy commitment list as of yet, but some reports have them close. Chance Allen is uncommitted and seemed to have a strong connection with Cowboys coach Mike Gundy when he made an in-home visit on Wednesday night.

"It went good, Coach Gundy is a great guy," Allen said. "He is a great person and I think Oklahoma State is a good fit. I need to go up and see."

Port Arthur (Memorial), Texas, receiver Jhajuan Seales had a huge senior season and woke up some folks. Seales is committed to Houston, but The Beaumont Enterprise reported that he is visiting Oklahoma State this weekend and put off Houston until Jan. 27.

On defense, a big priority is to switch the commitments of defensive backs/safeties Kevin Peterson and LaDarrell McNeil. McNeil, a U.S. Army All-American, visited Tennessee last weekend, the school he committed early to. McNeil was caught up in the trip and canceled other visits except this one with the Cowboys.

Peterson helped Wagoner win the Oklahoma 4A State Championship and then earned Player of the Year honors in The Tulsa World. Oklahoma offered and he visited and he committed. Now the Cowboys are hoping he remembers that Oklahoma State was his favorite school.

Visiting this weekend on defense and already committed are corner prospects Ashton Lampkin of Fort Worth Dunbar; linebacker/athlete Dominic Ramacher of Denton Guyer; and three terrific defensive ends that are all pledged in the pride of Tyler Eric Davis, Pflugerville Hendrickson standout Victor Irokansi; and All-Greater Houston team selection from Fort Bend Bush Emmanual Ogbah.

Several key recruits for the Cowboys visited last weekend and have important visits this weekend. Los Angeles Dorsey speedster Jaydon Mickens loved Oklahoma State but has to visit Oregon this weekend before he decides. Owasso All-State wide receiver Keon Hatcher is committed to Arkansas but his visit last weekend to Oklahoma State opened up his eyes. Now he says Arkansas will have to counter to keep him. Another Californian Seth Jacobs had a good visit last week and will visit Colorado this weekend and UCLA on the final visit weekend.

Eyes will be on all of that recruiting activity this weekend. There is lots of it.

Jan. 20-22 (15)

Chance Allen, WR, 6-3, 205, 4.55, Fort Bend (Elkins), Texas - (Mississippi State, Oregon)

*Greg Brantley, OL, 6-7, 310, na, Carthage, Texas

*C.J. Curry, WR, 6-2, 210, 4.45, Flowery Branch, Georgia

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

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

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

*Paul Lewis, OL, 6-2 1/2, 282, 5.15. Galena Park (North Shore), Texas

*Wes Lunt, QB, 6-5, 200, 4.9, Rochester, Illinois - Enrolled and already on campus

LaDarrell McNeil, DB, 6-1, 190, 4.5, Wilmer Hutchins, Texas - (Tennessee commit 1/13)

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

Kevin Peterson, DB, 6-0, 170, 4.5, Wagoner, Okla. - (Oklahoma commit 12/16)

*Dominic Ramacher, ATH, 6-3, 230, 4.7, Denton (Guyer), Texas

Jhajuan Seales, WR, 6-1, 180, 4.45, Port Arthur (Memorial), Texas - (Houston commit 1/27)

*Zac Veatch, TE, 6-4, 255, 4.8, Broken Arrow, Okla.

*Blake Webb, ATH, 5-11 1/2, 175, 4.49, The Woodlands, Texas

Michael Wilson, OL, 6-6, 280, 5.2, Aledo, Texas - (Texas A&M commit 1/13)

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