Cowboys Spring Football Notebook

Former Oklahoma State head coach Pat Jones, who coached Mike Gundy and gave him his start in coaching and is now a Tulsa radio celebrity, was at Friday's practice checking out the Cowboys. Jones likes to catch practice on a day other than when everybody zones in. There were a few former players in attendance including former quarterback John Doerner, who played for Jim Stanley and Jimmy Johnson.

However, there were two young men that got the attention and spent part of practice walking around with the head coach. Those young men were quarterback recruits Zach Gentry from Albuquerque (El Dorado), N.M., and Kyle Kearns from Pleasanton (Foothill), Calif.

Gentry is in Stillwater with is mother, and is staying over for the Orange Blitz practice on Saturday. He was scheduled to be visiting Oklahoma State unofficially. The 6-6, 232-pound quarterback really looks the part and his statistics are interesting as he has run for a lot of yards and touchdowns in addition to his passing.

Last season, Gentry completed 160-of-286 passing for 1,587 yards with 9 touchdowns and only three interceptions. He rushed for 617 yards and 16 touchdowns. As a sophomore, he threw for 2,022 yards with 17 touchdowns and only 6 interceptions. That season he carried 110 times for 330 rushing yards and 9 touchdowns.

Those offering Gentry are Alabama, Louisville, Maryland, Nebraska, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Northwestern, San Diego State, Tennessee, Texas, TCU, and Oklahoma State.

Kearns was at the OSU practice with his father, and came from SMU where he got his first scholarship offer from June Jones of the Mustangs. Kearns is 6-3, 195 pounds and led his team to an 8-3 season last fall with over 2,500 passing yards and 26 touchdowns passes.

Nike Has Some Pull
While we have spotlighted the prospects expected this weekend to visit OSU there are many recruiting prospects in the senior and junior classes that will be at DeSoto (Texas) High School on Saturday or in Houston on Sunday for the Nike Football Training Camp series put on in conjunction with Student Sports.

Among the expected performers at DeSoto on Saturday are Highland Park quarterback Brooks Burgin, Sachse High School running back Devine Ozigbo, Edmond (Memorial), Okla., speedster Warren Wand, North Little Rock (Ark) receiver K.J. Hill, Kingfisher (Okla.) tight end Jace Sternberger, Casady (Okla.) wide receiver Denver Johnson, Euless Trinity offensive lineman Patrick Vahe, and Oklahoma standout Josh Waroboko-Alila from Casady.

Others at the Dallas NFTC include Edmond North defensive end Calieb Booze and Fort Smith Northside (Ark.) defensive lineman Daytrieon Dean. Both have visited Oklahoma State as have many of the names above.

Cornerback P.J. Mbanasor of Pflugerville Hendrickson is expected to be in Stillwater on Saturday but is also listed as attending the Nike camp. Midwest City standout safety Will Sunderland is listed in the camp and he should be very impressive.

There are also a number of prospects Oklahoma State is in on that will be in Houston on Sunday and some will have some traveling to do as a few are expected in Stillwater on Saturday.


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