Recruits Look Good As Basketball Fans

STILLWATER, OKLA. - NCAA rules discourage media contact with prospects on official visits, but they can't keep you from looking. As the Oklahoma State basketball team was hammering away steadily at Texas Tech on Saturday afternoon, the 19 high school football recruits on official visits to OSU, and in many cases their families, were watching from the second level of Gallagher-Iba Arena.

It's easiest to spot the big guys, and the linemen consisting of San Antonio Madison defensive tackle and two-time San Antonio Express-News Super Team honoree Vincent Taylor and two-time Waco Herald-Tribune All-Centex defensive tackle Ben Hughes look like a pair with Hughes at the one technique and Taylor at the three tech. Both seemed to be having fun at the game.

Offensive linemen on visits this weekend include Mansfield tackle Zach Crabtree, Hurst Bell tackle Jesse Robinson, and Irving offensive guard Jaxon Salinas, all from Texas.

Add another really big frame to that group from Missouri in Jack Kurzu of St. Louis. All are big but all also look fairly athletic as well, especially Crabtree and Robinson.

If you are running back Corion Webster from Atlanta, Texas or Houston Cy Ridge back Rennie Childs then you have to like the look of those offensive linemen, all verbally committed to the Cowboys. That right there should be a recruiting tool for head coach Mike Gundy and running backs coach Jemal Singleton.

The wide receivers all look the part and all have different frames. Tyler wide receiver Fred Ross is bigger than I thought, and so is his defensive end teammate Tyus Bowser.

There may be no more friendly prospect than Dallas Skyline wide receiver Ra'Shaad Samples, who says hello to everybody and seems to be a magnetic personaliy already within this upcoming freshman class.

He is set to room with Marcell Ateman of Wylie, and if anybody was wondering about Ateman being listed at 6-5, don't. Wylie is easily 6-5 and looks the part of a big "take the ball away" receiver.

Like the receivers, it is interesting to see if the defensive backs are as big as they are listed or as they tell you.

Deric Robertson is looking much bigger than he did in summer skill camps, and the Killeen, Texas product was also impressive in his interaction with the group during the game.

Georgia standout Darius Curry, the younger brother of OSU freshman receiver C.J. Curry, is a strong presence. Corners Taylor Lewis of De Soto, Texas and Tre Flowers of Converse Judson both look very athletic.

Looking as athletic as anybody in the group is Cibolo Steele All-State honoree Jordan Sterns. There could be concern for the defensive staff as Sterns is a former Texas Football Magazine Top 100 Junior as a running back and played both ways this season. The concern would be that the offensive staff comes calling and asking for Sterns to play offense.

Kicker Ben Grogan is getting plenty of attention from the coaches and should as he could be as important a prospect as there is on a visit this weekend.

We've also said that Oklahoma City McGuinness wide receiver Cody Chancellor is a very talented player and seeing him up close talking to Oklahoma State fans he seems to be having a very good time. To top it off the Cowboys won big over Texas Tech in the basketball game.

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