Cowboys Welcome Prospects For Junior Day

Not only did Oklahoma State have an official visit weekend for a couple of 2014 prospects, including Georgia safety Kirk Tucker who committed to the Cowboys, but head coach Mike Gundy and the staff also staged their first Junior Day for prospects in the Class of 2015. This was the first of what may be two or even three Junior Days and Sunday's event seemed more geared for in-state prospects.

One parent of a top junior in-state that we spoke to said he estimated there were 70 to 80 players attending and many were there with parents or siblings.

We confirmed that some of the top players in Oklahoma were in Stillwater on Sunday, including Oklahoma City Casady lineman Josh Wariboko-Alali. The 6-3 1/2, 310-pound Wariboko-Alali is currently committed to Oklahoma but has an older brother that attends Oklahoma State, and he was at several Oklahoma State games as an unofficial visitor this past season. Wariboko-Alali was a devastating blocker on offense and he also had 17 tackles on defense.

Several of his teammates at Casady -- wide receiver Denver Johnson, safety Gary Woods Jr., and quarterback/athlete T'Quan Wallace -- also made the trip to Stillwater.

Midwest City safety and potential linebacker prospect Will Sunderland was at OSU. Sunderland has several scholarship offers already and finished last season with 98 tackles and five interceptions. He returned two of his picks for touchdowns. His teammate Aaron McKinney at Midwest City was also there, as was Roscoe Gatewood from the Bombers.

Two players that I really like from Class 3A state champion Kingfisher are defensive tackle Kaden Jackson and tight end/defensive end Jace Sternberger. Jackson is 6-2, 260 pounds with room to grow and Sternberger is close to 6-4 and around 220 pounds.

There were a smattering of out-of-state players, and one, a very big one, was offensive line prospect Christian Gaylord of Baldwin City, Kan. Oklahoma State offered Gaylord this past fall when he attended a game. The 6-6 and close to 290-pound Gaylord has added offers from Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State and Nebraska.

Talking to a parent that went through the Junior Day with his son, he was impressed with the format.

The day started with splitting the players into offense and defense. While one toured the practice and indoor facility, the other group was checking out the weight room and locker room areas. Rob Glass, assistant athletic director for strength and speed, made a presentation to the players and their families.

After the tour the groups watched several videos in the team meeting room before the players broke up into position groups for meetings with the respective coaches. The parents heard from several players, and one told me that current Cowboys James Castleman, J.W. Walsh and Kevin Peterson were all very well spoken and impressed the parent group.

After the players spoke, Gundy, who had originally opened the program before the tours, was back for a question-and-answer session. Gundy took questions on anything and everything and impressed the group with his willingness and honesty in answering anything about the program.

The entire program took a little more than four hours, beginning at 1 p.m. and prospects and their families began departing a little after 5 p.m.

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