OSU's Top 10 Texas Targets

This is the second in our new feature in which we list Oklahoma State's top 10 targets for Oklahoma, Texas and nationwide. The first list included the Oklahoma targets, and this list is devoted to the top high school prospects in Texas. Don't forget to check back soon to see the Cowboys' top targets from across the nation.

Top 10 Texas Targets
1. Solomon Thomas, DE
6-3, 247, 4.7
Coppell, Texas
We watched Thomas at the NFTC in Allen, Texas, where he earned his ticket to the Nike's The Opening in June on the Nike campus in Oregon. He is a premier athlete that combines all you want with size, strength, speed, and fast twitch athleticism. He made spring visits to Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, and Texas A&M and is now saying he will visit Alabama, Baylor, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Oregon during the summer. He also told me he will take his official visits in recruiting. Whoever gets Thomas gets a difference maker. Last season he had 80 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, and six sacks.

2. Jamal Adams, DB
6-0, 195, 4.5
Lewisville (Hebron), Texas
Adams is about as active and physical a defensive back as you will find anywhere in the country. Last season he had 63 tackles with three interceptions, and a fumble forced and one recovered. He had 60 tackles with four interceptions as a junior and 55 tackles as a sophomore. He can play pass or come up and play run with equal ability and has passion for both. Texas, Texas A&M, Florida, and Mississippi are all battling here along with OSU and many others.

3. James David, LB
6-2 ½, 225, 4.6
Rockdale, Texas
He is a linebacker in size and has the strength, but he is a lightning quick and skillful player as well. He could easily play running back or wide receiver on offense. He has close to 300 tackles heading into his senior season with 119 stops last season, 118 tackles as a sophomore, and a paltry 67 tackles as a freshman. He likes Baylor, Oklahoma State, OU, and Alabama. "They are my favorites because they do a good job of preparing players for the NFL and take care of players like they are family."

4. Justin Phillips, LB
6-0, 195, 4.5
Pearland, Texas
The Cowboys have Phillips projected to play either "star" or weakside linebacker for the future. Phillips averaged 10 tackles a game and could be a perfect fit for the "star" spot. He visited OSU over spring break and committed to the Cowboys. "I called coach (Mike) Gundy and coach (Glenn) Spencer, the linebackers coach. They were excited," Phillips said. "My parents are excited too. It seemed like the right time and we did it. We are all in."

5. Kd Cannon, WR
6-1, 165, 4.53
Mount Pleasant, Texas
Cannon is a speedy athlete who just ran the 100 and 200 meters at the state track meet in Austin before jumping back into spring football. Last season he caught 102 passes for over 1,600 yards with 26 touchdowns which are monster receiving numbers. Schools like Florida State and Clemson are involved but expect a Big 12 battle with OSU, Baylor, TCU, and Texas. He was very impressive in Allen, Texas at the NFTC.

6. Arrion Springs, CB
6-0, 190, 4.45
San Antonio (Roosevelt), Texas
Springs has a ton of offers including the likes of Notre Dame, Arizona, Nebraska, Michigan State and others, but I think he is really favoring Oklahoma State. San Antonio has become a really good recruiting area for defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer and the Cowboys. Springs last season had 63 tackles with four interceptions and as a sophomore had 75 tackles with a pick.

7. John Bonney, DB
6-0 ½, 180, 4.45
Houston (Lamar), Texas
Bonney is a wirey athlete who picked off three passes last season. He is a very intelligent player and that transfers to the classroom as he is taking strong looks at schools like Stanford and Cal out west. He likes Texas while Ohio State, Auburn and Baylor are also in the mix heavy.

8. Josh Mabin, LB
6-2, 219, 4.6
Klein (Oak), Texas
Mabin is a strong linebacker target that may have been on the Cowboys recruiting board as long as any linebacker prospect in this heavy linebacker recruiting class. Last season he had 135 tackles with two sacks, an interception, and two fumbles forced. He had 64 tackles and a sack as a sophomore. The Cowboys are near the top with him along with Baylor, Boise State, Colorado, and Washington State.

9. Sione Teuhema, DE
6-3, 220, 4.6
Keller, Texas
A really athletic defensive end, Teuhema has a bunch of offers and claims right now to really be in love with Texas, but not so much love that he has committed. OSU, OU, Oregon State, TCU, and LSU are also on the top shelf right now in recruiting him. He has a younger brother Tristan, who is a 2015 line prospect, and the two will go to school together and announce together on May 30. They will decide between the schools that intially offered both of them full scholarships -- Texas, LSU, Oklahoma State, OU, and Washington State.

10. Jourdan Blake, Ath.
6-1, 185, 4.49
Princeton, Texas
Blake caused a double take for Oklahoma State fans at the spring game as he came to watch the Cowboys accompanied by his father, former OU head coach John Blake. The older and younger Blake both seem to like OSU as an option for Jourdan. He likes OSU and they have offered, but action is picking up with Illinois, Arizona State, Tulsa and South Florida having offered. Plus, Baylor and Texas Tech are in the mix. Blake likes playing quarterback but understands that he could be at another position, likely corner. Last season he ran for 992 yards and 10 touchdowns. He threw for 1,882 yards and 22 touchdowns on 145-of-248 passing. He is a track standout as well that clocked a 22.0 in the 200 meters and a 10.9 in the 100 meters.

(This list is a product of information gained from prospects, high school coaches, and other sources that we deem reliable in covering recruiting.)


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