Prather, Whitfield Impress At OSU Camp

Oklahoma State hosted two camps simultaneously with the Offensive and Defensive Linemen Camp on the practice field just east of Gallagher-Iba Arena and the Offensive and Defensive Skills Camp being held inside and on the field outside of the Sherman Smith Training Center. The need for the turf and indoor was the fact that the skills camp featured a lot of seven-on-seven competition.

The linemen were in shoulder pads and helmets and they were getting after it. Both camps featured guest coaches from area schools including NEO A&M, Central Oklahoma, and some high schools.

Over at the skills camp the two highlight players were Stillwater's own Brandon Prather and Spiro wide receiver and linebacker McKinley Whitfield.

Whitfield is a 6-4, 194-pound athlete who can run a 4.58 in the forty and is equally as impressive on both sides of the football. I saw him make several receptions on the offensive side showing good hands and speed after the catch.

He made a very good play on defense tucked into coverage he waited on the quarterback to commit and then with a burst ran through the ball and picked it off for what was easily a score going the other way. Whitfield is reportedly related to former Oklahoma State standout Chris Massey from Spiro.

Already, Arkansas State, Army, Houston, Louisiana-Monroe, Memphis, Minnesota, Missouri State, Navy, Southern Miss, Tulsa, and Utah State have offered.

Prather is a senior as well and at 6-0, 160 pounds with 4.5 and change speed is a good prospect. I saw him last season and he has good ball skills and is definitely an offensive prospect for college. He had a good day catching the football.

There was more to look at in the way of prospects on the other side of the street with the linemen. Over 160 of them were there and you can read about Lawrence, Kan., defensive end Armani Bledsoe, who played really well as he has at several camps this summer and he picked up his first college scholarship offer from Oklahoma State.

There were some other linemen that I enjoyed watching. One was obviously Kaden Jackson of Kingfisher. Jackson has an offer from North Texas and continues to be recruited by Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Memphis, Arkansas State, and Houston.

Jackson worked at defensive tackle and I saw him stalled a couple of times rushing the quarterback. But most of the time he varied a move up the middle with some moves to the outside to get to the quarterback. Jackson is a good mix of strength and athleticism.

Another defensive end was Johnathan Johnson from Tulsa East Central. Johnson is athletic at 6-4, 240 pounds and reportedly runs a 4.73 in the forty. He has offers from Sam Houston State and South Dakota.

The other players that I really liked were on the offensive side. Riley Daniel is a 6-6, 310-pound offensive tackle from Ringling. This kid has a really good set in pass pro and long arms that help him keep defensive ends at bay. He is very intent on following instruction and pleasing coaches. That second is a very typical trait of offensive linemen. North Texas and Tulsa have offered, but he is getting good interest from Oklahoma State and OU and he badly wants to stay in Oklahoma.

Another Oklahoma product is Tristan Wyatt of Shawnee. I have seen Wyatt before and he gets better every time I see him. Today, I thought he moved really well and the 6-5, 290-pounder is strong, no question. He has the size for tackle but I also could see him being a powerful guard at the college level. Tulsa has offered but Oklahoma State and Arkansas are also recruiting him.

Finally, I also liked a tackle from Lake Dallas, Texas in Dalton Montgomery. He is 6-6 and 250 and I kind of mistook him for a tight end. He moves really well and will need to pack on some weight, but like Daniel, he has a great set on his pass pro and also those long arms that keep linemen out of his body and away from where they want to be at the quarterback.

Getting bigger is his only weakness to me and what he showed in person today matched up with what I saw when I watched some of his junior play on video.

It's always a good day when you get to see linemen go full speed and get after it and the soft footing turning into a little mud only made it feel more like football season.

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