NFTC Dallas: The Oklahoma State Impact

I hated not being able to go to the NFTC this past Saturday. I know that some people don't believe in these combines. However, while a prospect has to be able to play football, having athletic ability in activities and drills that pertain to football do matter. I feel that the NFTC program does provide the opportunity to see and evaluate a substantial amount of those skills and abilities.

Having one in Houston and then later a Nike event and Elite 11 in Dallas will help with evaluate the numbers of recruits and the lack of reps, which is my major complaint.

For instance, when a quarterback only throws every 10 minutes that makes it very hard to both evaluate him and for the athlete to get into a rhythm. It is a pleasant problem for Nike and Student Sports to have and they are working to alleviate it.

Now without seeing the events and trusting the coverage that my friends like Greg Powers, Ahmard Vital and Annabel Stephan produced, here is what might impact Oklahoma State the most.

Dallas NFTC
The biggest recruiting news for Oklahoma State from the Dallas area wasn't generated at the Dallas NFTC at DeSoto High School but in Stillwater at OSU's Orange Blitz.

The commitment of four-star and Scout's 10th-ranked nationally running back Ronald Jones was huge. Many of the athletes competing at the NFTC on Saturday know who the McKinney North runner is and his commitment could help guide some of those athletes into strongly considering joining him as a Cowboy.

Jones said that is something he will pursue. it would not be a surprise to see Jones at the Nike event in Dallas on May 3 and Elite 11 on May 4. While Jones's commit trumps the NFTC there were a number of top prospects that did very well.

P.J. Mbanasor, CB, Pflugerville (Hendrickson), Texas
Mbanasor was originally heading to Stillwater for the Orange Blitz but instead went to NFTC. While there he earned an invite to the prestigious Nike The Opening. Mbanasor has good size and speed and has already visited Oklahoma State. He has over 20 offers and that will increase after the publicity from this past weekend.

Will Sunderland, DB, Midwest City, Okla.
He blew the field away in DeSoto, and he was one of the most impressive athletes and football players there. Last season, he had 98 tackles, several sacks, and six interceptions. He visited Oklahoma State a couple of weeks ago with his parents for a spring practice. What might have been a Bedlam recruiting battle will now likely open up with Sunderland adding to an already impressive offer list.

George Lea, DE, New Orleans (Landry-Walker), La.
The Louisiana contingent, especially the New Orleans group, is always going to get attention because of the impact of graduate assistant defensive line coach Eric Henderson, who is from Louisiana. Lea had an excellent day, tested well, competed well, and had everybody watching a showdown with him and OL MVP Patrick Vahe at the end. Lea was the DL MVP.

Kendal Franklin, DE, New Orleans (Warren Easton Charter), La.
Franklin is one that may have come off the sleeper shelf and now will get plenty of attention. To observers, next to Lea it was Franklin that caused the most problems for the opposing OL at the event.

Dahu Green, WR, Oklahoma City (Westmoore), Okla.
I'm a big fan of this 6-3, 195-pound receiver that can run, run well, catches the ball, makes tough catches, and is a good blocker. Green showed up well in all skills contested on Saturday, and he ran well too. If I were the Cowboys, I would jump in heavy.

Based on observations and reports, here are some names that may now get further looks from Oklahoma State and others. This would be my Oklahoma State sleeper list from the Dallas NFTC.

Trevis Gipson, LB, Richardson (Berkner), Texas
I like the words lanky defender and good closing speed, and both descriptions are used on Gipson.

Niko Small, CB, Arlington (Bowie), Texas
You never pass on a good cover corner. Small was said to have locked on receivers.

Tristan Wyatt, OL, Shawnee, Okla.
Wyatt is somewhere between 6-4 and 6-5 and right around 290 pounds. If he took on some of those Texans and Louisianans and played nasty then you need to look at him.

Ryan Peschka, OL, Mansfield (Timberview), Texas
Undersized, he might equate to a good center prospect and Oklahoma State will be looking for one in this class.

Castin Neumeyer, OL, Wylie, Texas
He was reported to be the one guy that gave OL MVP Patrick Vahe a run for his money in drills and competition.


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