Can The Cowboys Expect Some Good News?

Nike's The Opening, the much celebrated gathering of the top high school football talent and college recruiting prospects in the country at the Nike headquarters for a four-day camp and competition with some of the top NFL players as instructors, opened Thursday morning in Oregon. ESPN is in Oregon and will run nightly specials on the camp.

All of the top recruiting websites applied for media credentials and is represented at The Opening. That is right, you had to apply for media credentials. However, just by proximity and attachment, the news at The Opening will be coming out first from ESPN.

For Oklahoma State fans, the most important news will be the announcements by standout wide receivers Ra'Shaad Samples of Dallas (Skyline), Texas, and Ryan Jenkins of Marietta (Lassiter), Ga. Both have said they will announce their commitments at the event.

Each of them have been on the Oklahoma State campus; Samples several times and Jenkins most recently at the Cowboys half-day minicamp in June.

Samples is the most likely to say Oklahoma State as the 5-10, 170-pound speedy and gritty receiver is very familiar with the Cowboys having seen two of his father's former players succeed on the Stillwater campus.

Byron Eaton, who played quarterback for Reginald Samples at Dallas Lincoln and directed the team to a state championship, signed and played basketball for the Cowboys. Richetti Jones, who also played for the senior Samples at Lincoln, was a key defender at end for the Cowboys 2011 Big 12 and Fiesta Bowl Championship team.

Ra'Shaad Samples, who is coming back from an offseason injury, caught 65 passes for 1,369 yards and 19 touchdowns last fall as a junior. He listed Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, USC, Ohio State, and the Cowboys as his top choices. He was at OSU a couple of times this spring.

Jenkins' brother Martin plays cornerback at Clemson, and he stopped there for a visit last weekend. The 5-11, 179-pound speedy Jenkins had modest stats at run-oriented Lassiter last season with 24 catches for 415 yards and six touchdowns.

Jenkins said it comes down to Clemson and OSU. The pull of playing on the same team with his brother may be too hard for the Cowboys to defeat, but Jenkins loves the Oklahoma State facilities and the OSU offense featuring the passing game.

If you are looking for a prediction, we will give you one, make that two. I think Samples winds up saying he is coming to Stilwater and Jenkins will announce that he's heading to Clemson. But, remember that it is recruiting and anything can happen.

More to Watch at The Opening
Samples and Jenkins are not the only players with recruiting ties to Oklahoma State at the huge Nike event. Here is a list of players and the relationship they have to the OSU program that are in Oregon learning and competing at The Opening.

Ezekiel Elliott, RB, St. Louis (John Burroughs), Mo. - Standout running back committed to Ohio State, but Cowboys and some other schools have stayed in touch.

Torii Hunter, Jr., Ath./DB, Prosper, Texas - Hunter has been on Oklahoma State campus and has an OSU offer. Yes, is the son of the major league baseball standout.

Alvin Kamara, RB, Norcross, Ga. - Oklahoma State has offered and is one of the many suitors under consideration for the all-purpose running back.

Joe Mathis, DE, Upland, Calif. - Oklahoma State is one of the more than 50 offers Mathis has received. But he has narrowed it to three: Washington, Nebraska and Michigan.

Terrodney Prevot, DE/LB, Alief (Taylor), Texas - Prevot is one of the top defensive prospects in the nation as his recruiting has absolutely blown up. OSU has been in there from the begining and recently gained a commitment from his teammate Ogbonnia Okowronkwo.

Altee Tenpenny, RB, North Little Rock, Ark. - Tenpenny has been committed to Alabama for a long time, but he did show up and show off in June at the Cowboys' half-day minicamp.

Laquon Treadwell, WR, Crete-Monee, Ill. - Being actively recruited by Oklahoma State. He is the nephew of former OSU All-American linebacker Ricky Young and he is expected to make a trip to Oklahoma to visit Stillwater and Norman as he is also considering OU. He may be one of the best receiver prospects in the nation.

Priest Willis, CB, Tempe (Marcos DeNiza), Ariz. - Oklahoma State is one of the many schools that have offered the huge cornerback. Cowboys believed to be out of the running.

Dontre Wilson, RB, DeSoto, Texas - Committed to Oregon is late May, but Oklahoma State was a finalist and the recruiting coach in that scenario, Doug Meacham, ususally keeps working prospects just in case.

Thunder Season Over - Wake Up Berry!
I can't resist because Berry Tramel's column this morning is too much ammo. It's easy to see that the Oklahoma City Thunder season is over and the Oklahoman sports columnist's attention is moving toward other topics.

But he couldn't have been so engulfed in the NBA season to not know that the idea of using J.W. Walsh in an alternative offensive attack has been a topic of discussion since the end of last season, and really even before that. Maybe Tramel didn't mean for his column to come off as if he was throwing out a new and original idea, but it did.

Oklahoma State fans and beat reporters have had time to hash and rehash that very idea. It has been discussed even more since late in spring practice when it became possible that Wes Lunt was going to come out of April with the quarterback nod.


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