Last Mini-Camp Geared Toward 2014 Recruits

STILLWATER - Oklahoma State's football coaching staff staged the final half-day mini-camp of the summer on Saturday afternoon on the grass practice fields east of Gallagher-Iba Arena with 84 campers braving the triple-digit temperatures. The camp actually ended up being more geared toward juniors and the recruiting class of 2014.

At no position was that more evident that at quarterback. Offensive coordinator Todd Monken has his quarterback in this class in Elite 11 sensation Luke Del Rio.

The quarterbacks to notice on Saturday were 2014 candidates. Ben Arbuckle is a 6-3, 190-pounder from Canadian, Texas, in the Texas panhandle. Arbuckle is a good-looking prospect who ran for 198 yards and three touchdowns and threw for 3,284 yards while connecting on 197 of 301 passes for a 68.4 completetion rate and 37 touchdowns.

Regan Edwards of Riverdale Academy in Louisiana is 6-1, 170 pounds, and rushed for 455 yards and two touchdowns last season while completing 66 percent of his passes for 18 touchdowns with just five interceptions.

Colin Feller is a 6-2, 165-pounder out of Elk City. The most intriguing prospect may be 6-5, 220-pound David Cornwell, who has been home-schooled and has moved from Nebraska to Florida and now to Oklahoma. He has little experience, but he looked good in the camp and has a very good skill set.

Running back was thin with two prospects standing out. Jaquan Cole is a 5-7, 180-pound scatback out of Duncanville who shows on tape the ability to jump around and really make people miss. He ran a 4.52 in the forty on the grass Saturday afternoon and a 3.98 in the shuttle. Last season he had 170 carries for 1,350 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Myron Patrick is a junior-to-be out of Sand Springs, and at 5-6, 170 is also a scatback type. He had little playing time as a sophomore with 13 carries for 78 yards and a touchdown and three receptions for 79 yards and a touchdown. He ran a 4.54 in the forty.

T.V. Williams is not very big, but the 5-9, 165-pound junior-to-be from McKinney, Texas is a blur. He ran a 4.43 in the forty. He already has an offer from Houston and last season he rushed 16 times for 86 yards and caught 21 passes for 346 yards and four touchdowns.

The other two receivers that stuck out athletically were Oklahoma City Millwood's Cameron Batson. The 5-8, 153-pound Batson has played more quarterback than receiver. He ran a 4.59 and had a 4.15 shuttle. A senior this fall, Highland Park, Texas wide receiver Matt Bannon is 5-11, 175 and is the best receiver and defensive back for the Scotties. He ran a 4.7 in the forty and had a 4.22 in the shuttle.

Bannon's teammate is Williams Barnes and he may be a legit offensive line prospect, and the Cowboys are only looking for one. maybe two more. Barnes is 6-3, 265 and can also deep snap. He ran really well and looked good with a 4.61 on the shuttle.

Cowboy commitment Jack Kurzu out of St. Louis Mary Institute and Country Day in Missouri made the trip to Stillwater. Kurzu informed us that while on the roster he did not make it to the World Championship for American Football for the under 19 team in Austin, Texas.

"I got sick and even had to be hospitalized and did not even make it down," said Kurzu. "It was really frustrating, and when I saw they got beat by Canada I was really frustrated. Hopefully, that is it for me being sick, and I'm going to have a great season this fall at Mary (Institute)."

The word is the Cowboys offered a junior college prospect on Saturday who was in attendance. Josias St. John is at Trinity Valley Community College in Texas after bouncing there from a freshman season at Fresno City College. St. John is a massive 6-6, 305 pounds. He has offers from Arizona State, Arkansas, Baylor, Fresno State, Kansas, Mississippi, Nevada, Oregon State, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Washington State, West Virginia, Western Kentucky, and Western Michigan.

Defensive line candidates were really limited to defensive ends with frequent spring visitor Daniel August out of Victory Christian in Tulsa and Garrett York of Crandall, Texas both running 5.2 in the forty. August, who had 110 tackles last season, is 6-4, 260 and York is 6-2, 240.

At linebacker, Corey Irwins of Mustang made it in after missing an earlier camp this summer. Irwins, who is 6-3, 220 pounds, is trying to show he can stay healthy in his senior season after missing a lot of the last two seasons with injuries. He ran a 4.9.

Brandon Hines out of Dallas Kimball ran a 4.66 and the 6-2, 185-pound light linebacker has offers from Baylor, Kansas, Kansas State, North Texas, Texas Tech, Colorado State, Purdue, and UNLV.

Another Brandon, Brandon Minor is a thicker backer that also plays some running back. The 6-2, 230-pounder out of Missouri and McCluer North ran a 4.74, and has an offer from Kansas State.

Two possible for 2014 are Dibble's Tazden Jerons, who was brought up by his coach, former OU offensive line standout J.R. Conrad. Jerons is a good looking player that ran a 4.64.

Taylor Wattenbarger out of Lawton is another junior this fall that is legit. He is 6-0, 180 but will get bigger. He started for a really good Wolverine defense last season and had 82 tackles and an interception. He ran a sensational 4.52 in the forty.

There were three stellar defensive backs. One was Tulsa Booker T. Washington's James Caligone. The 5-11, 170-pound Caligone ran a 4.5.

Wesley Harris out of Fort Worth Southwest is committed to Baylor. The quarterback is likely to convert to a corner in college. Harris is 6-1, 180 and he ran a 4.5 flat.

Cedric Collins is a 2014 prospect out of Dallas Skyline that is 5-10, 170, and he has already earned offers from Baylor, Houston, Kansas State, Mississippi, Nebraska, Notre Dame, OU, SMU, TCU, Texas Tech, West Virginia, and Texas A&M.

That concludes the Cowboys summer camps. Unless something changes between now and fall camp opening on Thursday, the Cowboys enter the fall with a very healthy 15 commitments from a pretty highly regarded group of prospects.

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