Top Targets Are Easier To Spot

With the flurry of commitments coming in last week and last weekend the Oklahoma State 2014 recruiting list is much clearer while still leaving plenty of work to do before being able to say that the "hay is in the barn" and the class is complete.

With the pledge of standout quarterback Mason Rudolph out of Northwestern High School in Rock Hill, S.C., it has now become clear that he will be the only quarterback in the recruiting class.

Devon Thomas of Broken Arrow, Okla., gives the Cowboys a 4-star commitment at running back, and Louisiana speedster Sione Palelei said to our Mike Coppage that OSU running backs coach Jemal Singleton was very honest with him about the fact that the Cowboys were taking one running back.

With those two positions out of the way I could see two more offensive linemen and four wide receivers coming on board. On defense I would say one more defensive tackle, a couple of defensive ends, three more linebackers, including a prospect for the star position, one more corner and two more safeties.

Offensive Linemen
This is tough to call as Joe Wickline marches to and recruits to the beat of his drummer. His commit right now is Matthew Mucha out of Clear Lake in Houston, who is a prospect that will need to be finished physically by working with Rob Glass and his staff in the weight room. At 6-6, 250 pounds he will be fun for Glass and Company to put those good pounds of muscle on his frame.

I think Wickline really likes Ray Raulerson out of Plant High School in Tampa, Fla. Zach Ledwik is a recent offer from La Grange, Texas. Two junior college prospects to keep an eye on are 6-7, 300-pound Dontavius Blair and 6-5, 315-pounder Avery Gennesy.

Wide Receivers
Lots of talent here and there was a standout in the Cowboys three-day high school camp in J.R. Reed, the son of former NFL and Minnesota Vikings standout Jake Reed. Reed is 6-3, 175 pounds and can really run and has great fundamentals in both catching the ball and route running.

Tulsa Union's Jeff Mead continues to see his stock soar. Texas speedsters K.D. Cannon, who recently posted a picture with a bunch of "Benjamins" on his lap, and T.V. Williams are both potential game breakers. Cannon might want to avoid posting pictures of cash on his Twitter.

There are also some premier out-of-staters like Jalen Brown, Kaelin Deboskie and Cameron Sims just to name a few that are still being targeted. You also need to expect some receivers to pay attention with the commitment of Rudolph.

Defensive Tackle
I would put my best guess on Jeremiah Ledbetter. The native Georgian is at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College and has three years to play. Oklahoma State appears to really like him a lot. He was in for an unofficial visit last weekend.

Defensive Ends
I like the newest commitment in Cole Walterscheid. I know he's unrated, skinny at 205 pounds on a 6-6 frame, but he is athletic "as all get out." He will fill out and his dad is 6-8, 275 pounds. That young man is apt to be a star and the kind of recruit that Scout and others will wish they had ranked. In fact, I predict he will have at least three stars.

In the end, I still predict Deondre Clark will come around, but he'll either come around for OSU or OU. Keep an eye on Grant Blankenship out of The Colony. Jordan Brailford out of Tulsa Washington is a vastly underrated standout. Justin Hollins is really athletic and has lots of talent. If OSU can get Soloman Thomas that would be the equivalent to hitting the defensive lottery. He is one of the best defensive end prospects in the nation.

Linebackers
Derick Moncrief may be committed to Auburn but he was in Stillwater on an unofficial visit last weekend, and adding him to Gyasi Akem and Jordan Phillips would be nice. Donnie Alexander was at the one-day minicamp last Saturday and the 6-1 1/2, 205-pounder out of Edna Karr in New Orleans would simply be joining two of his teammates.

Three Texans in Dakota Allen, Jake Blomstrom and Josh Mabin would be nice additions. Standout Jimmie Swain of Lee's Summit, Mo., has OSU in his top 10. I love Dylan Harding of Jenks and I honestly hope he gets a look and an offer as I think he would be a player that would have lots of success and set a legacy at Oklahoma State.

Secondary
Jamal Adams out of Lewisville Hebron in Texas, Tymashian Clemons from Powder Springs, Ga., Edwin Freeman of Arlington Bowie, Hootie Jones out of Monroe (Neville), La., and junior college prospect Josh Keys would all be good. The bonus pick here is Steven Parker of Jenks. Brandon Simmons of Mansfield Tmberview and Arrion Springs from San Antonio Roosevelt are both really good too.

One more corner, and I would venture to guess that the player that fills that spot in the class may not even be on the board yet, ours at Scout or even the one in the OSU recruiting war room.


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