Orange Blitz Notebook

It kind of depends on who you talk on how many Oklahoma State fans showed up Saturday. OSU did not put out any official number and the estimates ranged from 2,000 or less from the "Debbie Downers" that have been ticked about no spring game to the Cowboys Radio Network broadcast that said between 5,000 and 6,000.

The more realistic estimate was somewhere in the middle, and I would call it around 3,500. Those that were there seemed to enjoy it. The practice moved fast and highlighted different areas of the team.

"I think it was exactly what we should have done," said head coach Mike Gundy. "We would all like to have a spring game. Years ago I was the guy promoting spring games, but I also have to look at what is best for our team and what is the best for the fans.

"Because of injuries last week we ended up with one linebacker for two positions today. It would have been hard to have an Orange team and a White team because he would have had to switch jerseys between series. It's not as much fun for the crowd. We would have been limited to a few formations and no sub packages on defense. I think it was better the way we did it today," he added.

Larry Reece interviewed Gundy during the practice. Former OSU safety Shamiel Gary, former Cowboys quarterback and Major League Baseball player Josh Fields, and recent Super Bowl champion Russell Okung were all also interviewed by Reece.

The scrimmage featured some big plays, and the autograph and meet and greet afterwards seemed very popular.

There were several Cowboys who did not participate Saturday, and the one most anticipated by the fans was backup quarterback Daxx Garman. Garman has thrown the ball well in practice during the spring and has drawn compliments from Gundy and former quarterback and new Dallas Cowboys quarterback Brandon Weeden when he visited the Cowboys spring practice.

Garman missed the Orange Blitz after suffering an injury in practice on Friday. It was also a tough week for the depth-deprived linebacker position as well, according to Gundy.

"We had a couple of linebackers that got banged up this week, so we were really down to one and a half linebackers per position, so we weren't really two deep," Gundy said after the practice when meeting with the media. "Devante (Averette) got banged up this week so he didn't get to practice today. Daxx Garman got banged up yesterday so he didn't get to practice today."

Gundy really didn't want to but he elaborated some on Garman, allowing for results from an examination, and perhaps an MRI on Monday.

"We don't know. He turned his knee and we'll know more on Monday," Gundy said. "We don't know and I hate to say one way or the other. I have not been very good at that. I think I will be fine but I would hate to say one way or the other."

Recruits in the House
As expected, Oklahoma State had some talented prospects visiting for the Orange Blitz event even though there were other options with this being an standardized test day for prospective NCAA student-athletes and with the Nike Football Training Camps in Desoto, Texas on Saturday and in Houston on Sunday.

Quarterback Zach Gentry was in Stillwate- again after attending practice on Friday. Gentry, a 6-6, 232 pound four-star prospect according to Scout, was accompanied by his mom and dad. Gentry has top notch stats and is really mobile and athletic. He also has offers from Oklahoma State and the likes of Alabama, Tennessee, Texas, TCU, and Northwestern.

Two other quarterbacks that we know of in Kyle Kearns of Pleasanton (Foothill), Calif., and Brett Kean made the trip to Stillwater. The 6-2, 188-pound Kearns was offered by SMU earlier this week. You can read a more detailed report on Kean, the Lakewood (St. Edwards), Ohio signal caller, on the Scout site and the Premium Board.

McKinney (North), Texas running back Ronald Jones was in Stillwater, and the fleet Jones was wearing orange. Oklahoma State fans have to hope that is a good sign. He also spent some more time with head coach Mike Gundy, as did some other recruits. Jones would be a huge pick up for the Cowboys in their recruiting class.

New 2015 commit Johnny Wilson made the drive to Stillwater with his family. The 6-4, 290-pound offensive lineman from Midland (Midland Christian), Texas seemed to be having a good time. He was hanging out with some other line recruits and watching the inside drill and pro pass drills on the east end of Boone Pickens Stadium.

A couple of prime Oklahoma prospects we saw were Kingfisher defensive tackle Kaden Jackson (6-2, 265), who showed up a little late after throwing the shot put at a track meet on Saturday morning. He is a two-time defending state champion in Class 3A in the shot put. Jackson was also invited to the Dallas Nike NFTC but is going to attend the one in Columbus, Ohio at Ohio State laster this spring.

Tulsa Victory Christian wide receiver Emmanuel Adesokar (6-3, 200) was at practice earlier this spring and he was back to see more on Saturday.

Other prospects in attendance -- and we're quite sure we didn't get all the names -- were Zach Abercrumbia (DE, 6-3, 255) from Dallas (Skyline), Texas; Taj Bakari (DT, 6-2, 287) from Mansfield (Lagacy), Texas; Baylen Baker (TE/DE/LS, 6-5, 230) from Abilene (Wiley), Texas; Darrion Daniels (DL, 6-4, 275) from Dallas (Bishop Dunne), Texas; Jonathan Johnson (TE/DE, 6-4, 240, 4.6) from Tulsa Easy Central; Erik McCoy, (OL, 6-5, 305) from Lufkin, Texas; Dalton Montgomery (OL, 6-6, 250) Corinth (Lake Dallas), Texas; and Chris Warren III (RB, 6-2, 220) from Rockwall, Texas.

The recruits had to also notice the former Cowboys players that were watching from the sidelines, including soon-to-be NFL first-round draft pick Justin Gilbert. Gundy mentioned a couple of the former players that were there.

"Good to have some former players here like Josh Fields, and Russell Okung from the Super Bowl champions here and have them show up," the head coach said.

Pflugerville, Texas cornerback prospect P.J. Mbanasor and Richmond (George Bush), Texas defensive tackle Keke Kingsley were both supposed to be in Stillwater but made last minute changes to compete in the Nike NFTC camps.

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