Several Impress During OSU's One-Day Camp

Not knowing if records are kept for these events but we can go on our observations as we have attended just about every one-day minicamp on the Oklahoma State campus since a few years before Mike Gundy became head coach. There is no doubt that Saturday's camp was one of the best attended with 197 players, and it also was the most talented group as there were a lot of good looking athletes.

The camp got underway with registration at 1 p.m., but ran a little late in starting because of a sizeable walk-up enrollment.

The best way to break down which players stood out is by position. Starting at quarterback, we counted 22 throwers and some we had not seen. Daniel Brown out of Little Rock (Hall), Ark., is a good athlete at 6-0, 190 pounds and he has a 4.5 listed in the forty and that looked about right by the way he was moving.

More of a drop back style quarterback was Devon Palomino, who came all the way from Glendale (Deer Valley), Ariz. He was 6-4, 200 and is listed by services with 4.9 speed. He can throw it well and did last season for 2,280 yards with 12 touchdowns, seven interceptions, and six rushing touchdowns.

Of course, Oklahoma State has a major quarterback commitment in this class with Mason Rudolph of Rock Hill (Northwestern), S.C., pledging this past week. Other quarterbacks that we noticed were Britt Abbott (6-2, 220) out of Liberal, Kan., and Jacob Lewis out of Oklahoma City Bishop McGuinness, who we think is a really good talent. Aaron McKinney (6-3, 180) out of Midwest City may have led the pack of the 2015 quarterbacks.

Running back was small on numbers with just nine but really strong on talent as Sione Palelei of East Ascension High School in Louisiana is listed at 5-10, 200 pounds and with a 4.45 in the forty. He ran that well on Saturday in Stillwater.

He has offers from the likes of Arkansas, Arizona State, BYU, Georgia Tech, Houston, Louisiana Tech, Pittsburgh, Southern Miss, and Utah. Last season he rushed for 828 yards and 13 touchdowns and caught 20 passes for 283 yards and 3 touchdowns. He is impressive and can really move in the 5-10-5 drill as well.

Chris Warren stood out at Rockwall last Sunday and did again as the 6-2, 220-pound member of the Class of 2015 ran well and was good in drills. He already has offers from Baylor, Clemson, Ohio State, OU, Mississippi, Texas, Texas Tech, UCLA, and we presume Oklahoma State now.

There were more wide receivers than any other position at Saturday's camp as the group of more than 50 included in-state products like Slade Nordic (5-11, 180) from Bartlesville, Cameron Batson of Millwood that is committed to Texas Tech, and Carter Swanson (6-2, 195) of Ardmore. Also included were some 2015 prospects like Will Sunderland (6-2, 180) of Midwest City and Brandon Prather (5-11, 160) of Stillwater.

The headliner at tight end was Trenton Ball out of Midwest City Carl Albert. Ball is 6-5, 226 and moves really well both in the forty, and in the 5-10-5 drill showing lateral movement and change of direction.

The offensive line group was extremely impressive with at least 10 of the 19 players standing 6-4 or better. Tyler Bowling of Yukon is 6-5, 300 and has offers from Harvard and Penn of the Ivy League along with North Texas, Oregon State, and Tulsa.

Bixby center Chandler Miller (6-2, 270) has been offered by Tulsa. Oklahoma City Douglass tackle Mildren Montgomery (6-5, 255) is committed to Texas Tech just like the Millwood wide receiver Cameron Batson. Cle Ridgeway of Norman and Jonathon Higgins of Bishop McGuinness are both 6-4 plus and huge. Ridgeway has an offer from Washington State.

The highlight position of the day may have been defensive line as Joyan Williams out of New Orleans (Edna Karr), La., is 6-2 and close to 275 or 280 pounds and can really move. He is wanting to go to OSU and needs to focus on his academics, but he is something to see in the 5-10-5 drill as he looks like a linebacker or safety.

The same could be said for OSU defensive end offer Jordan Brailford of Tulsa Washington. He runs really well and looks to be 6-4, 220 plus. Justin Hollins of Arlington Grace Prep is a really talented player at nearly 6-6 but he is light. But he is also very athletic and as Scout's Greg Powers wrote he is getting popular in recruiting. OSU has offered as have Baylor, Iowa, Missouri, OU, and Oregon State.

How about an LSU verbal commit showing up to check out the Cowboys camp? That's what New Orleans Karr linebacker Donnie Alexander did on Saturday. He was ultra impressive in the drill work and brings safety athleticism to the linebacker position. Alexander had 137 total tackles last season and he looks to be around 6-2, 210.

Tre Porter is another Louisiana product out of Warren Easton High School and he is also very athletic. His teammate is 2015 prospect Arthur McGinnis, who made the trip to Stillwater too. From in-state we really like Lawton MacArthur linebacker Mitchell Fritts and Tulsa Washington's Johnson Willis. Fritts had 91 tackles last season with three interceptions.

Like receiver, there were lots of defensive backs including Millwood's Alonzo McMillian, who was recently offered by Oklahoma State. McMillain looks about 6-0, 180 and is fast.

Another Louisiana product out of Edna Karr, Juwan Offray showed up well as he was making plays in drills. We also noticed Micah Nelson of Celina, Texas, Corey Turner out of Miller-McCoy Academy in New Orleans, Niko Small out of Bowie, Texas, Camryn Brown of Ridge Point, Texas, Andre Fuller of Neville, La., Jordan Wyatt of Wylie (East), Texas, and twins Torrance and Terrance Cooper out of Wichita Falls (Hirschi), Texas.

The most impressive defensive back may be a player on trial for the "star" linebacker position. Jenks' Dylan Harding told us that while he has offers from Arizona State, North Carolina, Oregon State, Texas Tech, Tulsa, and others that he was wanting to make a great impression at the Cowboys camp and earn an offer.

"I've been working hard," said Harding, who had a strong season as a junior and also plays baseball. "I knew I needed to show up and perform well."

He did with a strong showing in the forty and a very impressive 5-10-5 time, and also looked very solid on drills.

There were a few interesting legacies at the camp as Austin Parker, the oldest son of former Cowboys wide receiver Brent Parker, made the tip to Stillwater. He is a wide receiver/safety at Grapevine High School and will be a senior this season. Last fall he had 25 catches for 350 yards and seven touchdowns with 40 rushing attempts for 420 yards and two touchdowns. He is pretty athletic and ran well.

"I've been an OSU fan all my life and just running drills on this field is special," Parker said.

Working with the defensive backs and looking good in his drill work is a young man who had two brothers that caught passes pretty well and another that moved over on defense. Gary Woods is the nephew of Rashaun, D'Juan and Donovan Woods. His dad, Gary, played college football at Langston. Little Gary is a 2015 prospect who is already 5-11, 180 pounds and solid.

There were also several junior college players at the camp and a few really good ones that were just in Stillwater for unofficial visits.

Jeremiah Ledbetter is a defensive tackle from Gainesville, Ga., who is currently at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas. He is a very impressive prospect that will have three years to play at the Division I level. Also, there were a couple of standout defenders from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in safeties Derick Moncrief and Josh Keys.

All in all, it was a pretty impressive day in Stillwater watching football talent.


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