Pokes Mini-Camp Loaded With Prospects

STILLWATER - Everyone seemed pleased with the turnout and from this vantage point I would say that the 102 prospects and the three primary spectators on the Oklahoma State campus on Saturday for the Cowboys one-day high school mini-camp represented the highest quality of players that I've seen at the event in at least several years and maybe ever.

A lot of attention was zeroed in on the quarterbacking sons of LSU head coach Les Miles and Tigers offensive coordinator Cam Cameron but there was plenty of other Louisiana influence and flavor to the camp turnout. There were at least 11 other Louisiana prospects there in camp and one that was watching.

The one watching was 2017 prospect Dylan Moses out of Baton Rouge University Lab High School, the same school that Manny Miles plays quarterback for. Moses is also an LSU commitment that is 6-1, 230 pounds and runs a reported 4.46. He is a man and looks like he is already in college. He has a 38-inch vertical and I noticed that Miles kept his eyes on Moses, who seemed to be enjoying his day in Stillwater.

Joining Moses on the sidelines watching were Oklahoma State running back commitment and top 100 national recruit Ronald Jones out of McKinney (North) in Texas.

A prospect that Oklahoma State and others would love to get on their commitment list is Midwest City safety Will Sunderland. He spent a good amount of time speaking with Cowboys head coach Mike Gundy.

Among the other Louisiana prospects in attendance Saturday were East St. John cornerback Xavier Lewis and Bossier City (Parkway) corner C.J. Morgan. Morgan ran a forty in 4,5 and change, very good on the surface and also showed a broad jump over 10 feet and a strong pro agility drill as well.

Morgan's father accompanied him to Stillwater. HIs dad is Courtney Walker, CEO of Varsity Preps, which covers football recruiting in the South and beyond. I had a great conversation with Walker, who is well aware of Oklahoma State's new influence in Louisiana through graduate assistant coach Eric Henderson.

Other Louisiana prospects attending included 2016 running back prospect Devon Benn out of River Ridge Curtis. The 5-8 1/4, 172-pound Benn ran really well.

If you want to talk about running really well then the speed of Clinton, Oklahoma Red Tornadoes back Marquiz Simpkins was sizzling as he ran a sub 4.4 in the forty. I'm also really fond of Midwest City Carl Albert do-everything prospect Dillon Lohr, who at just over 6-0 and 196 pounds ran a 4.65 and showed high on agility with a 4.3 there. He can play running back, slot, or linebacker or safety.

There were 18 quarterbacks on hand and another passer that competed in the top group was the nephew of OSU graduate and current PGA golfer Bo Van Pelt. Dakota Roush is 5-10, 184 pounds, but throws the ball well and runs well too having played some wide receiver.

Also, Douglass junior-to-be Patrick McKaufman, who was at the Mary Hardin-Baylor camp in Rockwall last week, was also there. He gets your attention at 6-5 and 180 pounds.

Another Louisiana prospect on hand was St. Paul's wide receiver Jalen McCleskey and also Carencro standout Donald Stokes. Both ran well and while McCleskey is more suited to a slot role, Stokes is more of a wide out at over 6-0 and 175 pounds. Jenks Carson Epps (6-1 1/2, 192 pounds) is another name to keep your eyes out for. A smart, athletic receiver that runs good routes and is especially coachable.

There were lots of good linemen and also a nice selection of linebacker prospects that Oklahoma State has to be interested in. Besides the Louisiana flavor, this camp also featured a lot of underclassmen, especially 2016 prospects wanting to get noticed. There were 43 out of the 102 prospects in attendance that were juniors-to-be in the 2016 class.

It appeared there were no after action "Pistols Firing" so any commitments out of this camp will be more of the delayed fuse variety. We will have more on some of the other positions and players on Sunday.


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