OSU Mini-Camp Review: Offense

We will take this in two phases, but we won't make you wait long as we will have the second phase coming up later. The Oklahoma State half-day mini camp Saturday ended up with about 75 walk-up campers, and some of them were pretty good. The overall total number of campers was right at 107, which is a good number for a camp like that where you want maximum intercation between coaches and campers.

We will start with the offense, and at running backer where Alabama commitment Altee Tenpenny was in Stillwater and lit up the board on the 40-yard dash.

"I just got out and ran," said Tenpenny of his impressive forty. "It was the fastest time I've run since my injury (broken leg) last season. I was just happy to show everybody that I'm still a 4.3, and still as fast as ever."

Yes, Tenpenny ran a 4.34 hand-timed dash and it drew attention from a number of coaches, including visiting coaches that were attending the camp. The 6-0, 203-pound running back is in great shape and currently has a bench press of 335 pounds and can squat 505 pounds.

Tenpenny said he is still committed to Alabama. "I'm still committed to Alabama, but I'm getting out and looking at the other schools and campuses because you only go through recruiting once in your life," he said.

Running Backs
Corion Webster of Atlanta, Texas was in attendance but did not run, and was mainly on campus for an unofficial visit. The talented and speedy back is one of Oklahoma State's top prospects at the position where they will likely take two players in the 2013 class.

An interesting attendee at the camp from in-state was DiQuan Woodhouse out of Altus. Woodhouse is 5-11, 185 pounds and ran a 4.5 in the forty. He missed all of last season with an ACL injury but is really talented, and has scholarship offers from Navy and South Dakota.

"OSU is talking to me about playing running back. Navy has offered, and Indiana is talking to me a lot," said Woodhouse. "Virginia Tech is showing a lot of interest. OU needs a defensive back and they said they are following me. I'm interested in that, but I do like playing offense and running back."

Woodhouse has also heard from Arkansas State, Baylor, BYU, Colorado, Kansas, Kansas State, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Rice, SMU, Texas Tech, and Tulsa.

"I felt I performed pretty good (at the camp)," added Woodhouse. "I thought my broad jump (nine feet) was good."

He also ran a 4.37 shuttle.

As for other running backs of note: Shawn Cavallaro came a long way from Hanover, New Hampshire. He is in the 2014 class. As a quarterback last season he completed 62 percent of his passes for 1,133 yards and rushed for 400 yards and four touchdowns. The 5-11, 169-pound Cavallaro had three interceptions on defense. He ran a 4.61 in the camp.

Shahid Hoover of Denver (East), Colo., is in the 2013 class, and at 5-10 and 190 pounds ran a solid hand-timed 4.63. He rushed for 1,047 yards and 11 touchdowns last season and has a scholarship offer from UConn, and solid interest from Colorado State and Arizona State.

We don't know a lot about Colton Lively from Corinth (Lake Dallas), Texas, but he ran a 4.58 in the forty.

Owasso's Scotty Prealow is a 5-7, 170-pound running back that lit the board with a 4.48 in the forty. Last season Prelow carried 210 times for the Rams with 1,441 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns.

Edmond Santa Fe junior-to-be Cameron Westbrook ran a very solid 4.56 in the forty, and had a 9-foot, 6-inch broad jump. He is already on the radar screen of OSU, OU, and Tulsa.

Offensive Linemen
This group was led by recent Cowboy commitment Zach Crabtree, who showed up and tested. Also, Cowboys commitment Jack Kurzu of St. Louis was supposed to be in Stillwater for the camp but we heard something came up and he will make an unofficial visit later in the summer. Crabtree (6-7, 265) was impressive.

Zac Uhles of Norman is the grandson of former OU, TCU, Alabama and Texas A&M assistant football coach Charlie North. He has been to OSU several times, and he showed up well on Saturday. He ran well and tested strong. He is 6-4, 260 pounds and in our view is a good prospect.

Two 2014 prospects were Daniel Mathiasen of Wichita North in Kansas and Zach White of Plano West in Texas. You can't miss Mathiasen as he is 6-8 and 310 pounds. He moves well for his size and also plays basketball. White is 6-1, 286 pounds and more of a center prospect.

The Cowboys have their guy for the 2013 class in Luke Del Rio out of Highlands Ranch Valor Christian, but they had some attend the camp including 2015 prospect Ladarryl Blair of KImball High School in Dallas. Blair is already a standout varsity quarterback and at 5-11, 175 pounds can move. He ran a 4.75 and looked impressive. He is also a safety prospect for the defense.

Luke Papilion, like Del Rio, is out of Colorado and the senior this fall is 6-5, 210 and can run and throw. He threw for 1,170 yards with four touchdowns and nine interceptions as a junior. But the offense is geared to run and he rushed for 588 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also caught five passes. He ran an impressive 4.65 in the forty on Saturday.

Elbert Speed is a quarterback at North Crowley, Texas, near Fort Worth, and at 6-3, 190 pounds is really fast as he ran a 4.49 in the forty.

Tight Ends
Only three tight ends participated. Cameron Oliver of Owasso, who is in the 2014 class, was the most impressive with a 4.87 time in the forty.

Wide Receivers
We may have saved the best, or at least the most, for last. Cowboy commitment Marcell Ateman was on hand Saturday, and he did the one-on-ones and drills but did not run the tests. Ateman is impressive, and is every bit the 6-4, 190 pounds advertised on the internet recruiting sites. He has a presence just walking into a room. He said all went well.

"It was good, just spending time with the coaches and meeting the nucleus of the team, and later on I got a good workout," said Ateman, who last season caught 67 passes for 1,047 yards and 10 touchdowns. "i had been there when they offered me on my junior day and it was just as fantastic."

A surprise participant was Ryan Jenkins out of Laasiter High School in Georgia. Jenkins made an impression at the Nike Football Training Camp in Atlanta and earned an invitation to The Opening in Oregon.

He had modest stats as a junior with 24 catches for 415 yards and six touchdowns, but he has offers from Clemson, East Carolina, Houston, Louisville, Mississippi State, Missouri, Oklahoma State (Cowboys offered after the camp), Southern Miss, UCLA, Vanderbilt and more. Jenkins ran a 4.48 in the forty and had a 10-foot, 2-inch broad jump.

Another receiver that really caught our eye was Markus Phox of Wichita Collegiate. He is 6-1, 185 pound and even though he did not run he looked good in the one-on-one drills. Drew Morgan of Greenwood, Ark., is another prospect who did not test but participated and looked good in passing drills.

Kyle Collins of DeSoto, Texas (2013 prospect) finished sixth in the long jump in the Texas state meet so it was no surprise he had the best broad jump of 10 feet, three inches. Hunter Aytia is a quarterback at Tulsa Union but the 6-0, 180-pound senior tested and worked out as a wide receiver in the camp in Stillwater and did well. He ran a 4.49 in the forty.

Other receivers making an impression included Bodhi Bell (2013) from Montgomery, Texas; Stepfawn Hughes (2014) is a speedster out of Fort Worth (Dunbar), Texas who is 5-9, 165 and also plays cornerback, and Tyler Watson (2014) is also out of Dunbar and ran a 4.67 and did well in drills.

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