OSU Expects Several QB Visitors On Saturday

The Oklahoma State quarterback recruiting situation is better than most Cowboys fans probably think. Last week was a tough one for the Cowboys quarterback recruiting after one of the earliest targets in Fort Worth All Saints Episcopal standout Foster Sawyer made his pledge to TCU. However, OSU is still targeting several standout quarterbacks, and could host a few in Stillwater this weekend.

Sawyer had practically camped on Oklahoma State's practice fields in recent weeks, and had spent a lot of time with the coaching staff including head coach Mike Gundy. On his last visit Sawyer was seen and heard telling another prospect attending the Cowboys practice that day that "Oklahoma State is my top choice."

The University of Oklahoma made its quarterback splash on Saturday when Edmond (Okla.) Santa Fe signal caller Justice Hansen committed to the Sooners before the Sooners spring game. That actually works in the Cowboys favor because now TCU has two quarterbacks in its class and OU has a quarterback in its class, and he is one that the Cowboys did not offer.

Of the other top quarterback in the state, and there are several high quality prospects, David Cornwell of Norman North has been offered by Oklahoma State. Cornwell just recently earned a trip to the Elite 11 and The Opening, which have been merged at Nike's campus in Beaverton, Ore., in June. Cornwell was the top quarterback and MVP at the Nike NFTC on April 7 in Allen, Texas.

After earning the honor, Cornwell said he hopes to make it to the OSU campus and the Cowboys are a school he is considering. If Cornwell makes it to the April 20 OSU spring game on Saturday he could be among five quarterbacks that will be in attendance.

Recently announced by Fox Sports Next as the top quarterback prospect nationally in the 2014 class, Kyle Allen (6-3, 195) of Scottsdale (Desert Mountain), Ariz., has said he will be in Stillwater that day. Allen was at Texas A&M for its spring game on Saturday. He said Mississippi, Arizona State, UCLA and Oklahoma State are recruiting him the most aggressive. He said he is also hearing from Alabama and Notre Dame, who have not offered.

"I will keep it (recruiting) open till after spring ball and then make some visits and I would think after that in July that I would be ready to make a decision," Allen told Brandon Huffman of Scout. "I will commit when I'm ready."

The Cowboys have also offered Mason Rudolph (6-4, 195) of Rock Hill (Northwest), S.C. Rudolph, like almost all of these quarterbacks, has been on the go lately. Rudolph and his family took a quarterback tour of the South.

"We went to Georgia the first day," said Rudolph, who holds scholarship offers from LSU, Ole Miss, Oklahoma State and North Carolina. "We got there at about 10 o'clock that morning and took a tour and saw everything. Then we met with Coach (Mike) Bobo, the quarterbacks coach. He was pretty cool and I like him a lot.

"After that, we watched them practice and I met briefly with Coach (Mark) Richt," he continued telling Scout's NC Prep. "It was really fun to see the quarterbacks throw and see them practice. They haven't offered, but they told me they were excited about me and that they're going to continue to recruit me. Coach Bobo also said he was going to come and watch one of my spring practices."

Rudolph's next stop was two-time defending national champion Alabama. "They have a real nice campus and I liked it," he said. "We went to the football office and then we took a tour of the campus and I also got to see the academic side of things."

Rudolph finished with a trip to Ole Miss.

"It was awesome," Rudolph said. "The campus down there is just real nice and we were basically there for two days which was nice. I met with Coach (Dan) Werner and Coach (Hugh) Freeze. I got to talk to Coach Werner about his philosophies and what kind of offense they run. They were really down to earth and real personable guys – which I like. It was awesome to spend some time with them."

Rudolph said he hopes to get to some other schools and that includes this weekend to Oklahoma State, and he also talked about North Carolina. Last season, Rudolph threw for 4,000 yards, 41 touchdowns and completed nearly 70 percent of his passes.

Brad Kaaya (6-4, 208) does not have an Oklahoma State offer but he does have interest from the Cowboys. He has spent time at Stanford and knows that program well, and he has also been offered by Florida State and UCLA. He is obviously intrigued by Oklahoma State.

"I'm going out to visit Oklahoma State and then I'm possibly visiting UCLA again so I can see the campus a little more," said Kaaya.

Kaaya also plans to throw at the San Francisco Elite 11 next month. He is an excellent student and last season he threw for 1,875 yards, 12 touchdowns and led his team to a 12-2 record.

Another California quarterback that the Cowboys have not yet offered but have shown considerable interest in and another that is also planning on making it to Stillwater this weekend for an unofficial visit is Brandon Dawkins (6-4, 215) of Westlake Village Oaks Christian Academy.

Dawkins is so serious about his recruitment and proving to college coaches that he is worthy that he flew to Atlanta, Ga., from California to throw against quarterbacks for the Elite 11 competition.

"I would give myself a B- today," Dawkins told Brandon Simmons of Fox Sports Next after the competition. "This was my first big camp and I think I did fairly well, but there are some things I can go back and fine-tune too. I want to get out to other camps and try to better my chances at getting an Elite 11 invite."

Dawkins also visited Georgia while on the trip. Like Oklahoma State, Georgia has not offered, but like his upcoming trip to Stillwater, Dawkins is ready to show what he has to offer.

"I went to Georgia this morning and it went well," he told Simmons. "The coaches told me that they liked my tape, that they like what I can do, and that they see me in their future. They have not offered me yet, but they will be out to see me practice this spring. Georgia would be a nice offer to have, to go with North Carolina State, Notre Dame, and Utah that have offered so far, but plenty of other schools are showing interest."

Oklahoma State could enjoy a traffic jam from visiting prep quarterbacks on the Boone Pickens Stadium sidelines on Saturday. It's interesting that most of them seem to be looking at and are being looked at by a number of the same schools, which means they might want to meet and take dibs on where all of them are planning on ending up.


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