Looking For A Good Walk-on Story?

Most of the Oklahoma State Cowboys scholarship newcomers are on campus. There are a few like Snow (Utah) C.C. defensive tackle Ofa Hautau, Waco University defensive tackle Ben Hughes and Arlington Martin kicker Ben Grogan who will arrive for July's summer school session The newcomers are working out under the supervision of Rob Glass and his staff while being phased into workouts with veterans.

They newcomers are doing the Monday through Thursday metabolic sessions with the returning varsity players. Those are the football workouts that are led by the players. In fact, Thursday night's workout was the first in the new Sherman Smith indoor facility.

Already there are some young newcomers that are proud of themselves as new receiver Ra'Shaad Samples was pleased with his blazing 40 time, which he posted on Twitter as 4.32. It was fast but maybe not quite that fast.

Another freshman that ran sub-4.4 or right on it is Jaren Colston-Green. It takes some research to find out his story.

The 6-2, 185-pound Colston-Green is the son of former Ole Miss receiver standout Willie Green. His dad was a really good player at Mississippi. Willie Green caught 126 passes at Ole Miss for 2,274 yards. He then went on to play for the Denver Broncos, Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Detroit Lions during an eight-year NFL career, finishing with 237 catches for 3,720 yards and 26 touchdowns.

Jaren Colston-Green played his high school football at Tallahassee (Fla.) Leon High School and as a junior had 20 catches for 324 yards and three touchdowns. I could not find his senior season stats but looked at a highlight tape that showed a couple of touchdowns and some good catches. Maxpreps listed him with seven receptions for 169 yards and four touchdowns through four games.

Out of high school he was offered by both Middle Tennessee State and Florida A&M, while drawing recruiting attention from Florida Atlantic, Florida International, hometown Florida State, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

He chose to go to Atlanta Sports Academy for prep school. While playing for the Spartans he got plenty of experience as they finished their season with an 18-1 record (few, if any, rules for prep schools) and that included a 17-0 win over famed Harding Military Prep School. There are no stats available for Atlanta Sports Academy, but on his Hudl highlight tape from ASA the first three are long touchdown receptions where he is behind the secondary.

This will be interesting to watch as he has really good bloodlines, really good speed, somewhat unknown stats, a year at prep school, and now Jaren Colston-Green is an Oklahoma State Cowboy.

Head coach Mike Gundy is proud of the walk-on program at Oklahoma State during his tenure as it has produced many starters, including at least two current NFL standouts in Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden and Dallas Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey.

No promises here like that but Jaren Colston-Green will deserve some watching. Florida speedsters that play receiver and have a father that holds records at an SEC school definitely get watched.


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