Cowboys Offer Amani Bledsoe

There were several linemen that stood out among the 160-plus participants in the first Oklahoma State Offensive and Defensive Linemen Camp. It took a little determination to show up and stand out on the soft grass practice field east of Gallagher-Iba Arena. There was plenty of sticky heat and humidity, but it did not seem to bother defensive end Amani Bledsoe of Lawrence, Kan.

A member of the 2016 class, the 6-4, 240-pound Bledsoe showed a lot of athleticism, a quick start off the line, and the ability to use a variety of moves going inside and outside on the pass rush. I also watched as he took instruction and his response was what you want. He paid attention and then used the instruction to his advantage as he was very hard to block in both the run and pass pro segments of the camp.

By the time it was over, Bledsoe had earned an offer but being a camp, Cowboys defensive line coach Joe Bob Clements had to deliver the news in a round about way.

"Joe Bob called me and told me that he did not offer Armani," Lawrence High School head coach Dirk Wedd explained. "There were two or three of our players there and he didn't want to do that, so he just said goodbye to Armani and then asked me to relay the information. I'm sure it has spread after I told him and his mom."

Bledsoe has been to several camps including Arkansas and last week Oklahoma, where Wedd told us the Sooners were reportedly impressed with him as well.

"You need to know the last time he played for us he was a 15-year-old sophomore," Wedd continued. "He is just a pup and he doesn't know how good he can be. His greatest attribute is his tremendous work ethic. He is strong academically and he is a quiet kid."

Already, schools like hometown Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa State, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Arkansas, and others have shown interest. But Oklahoma State becomes the first to offer a scholarship.

We reached Bledsoe a little later as he was in the car driving home with his mom and some teammates.

"I'm real excited about the offer (his first)," he said. "I know they are a good school and that makes it really exciting."

As far as how his camps have gone and how he has been able to impress schools and observers as well, Bledsoe said he likes the challenge.

"Yeah, I'm just trying to go out there and get some looks," the junior-to-be said. ":I want them to see how I can play andknow what I'm all about."

He can consider that mission accomplished with a scholarship offer from the Cowboys.

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