Losses of Lane, McGruder Impact Class

The recent losses of Oklahoma State football commitments Kenneth McGruder, a safety prospect out of Alief (Taylor), Texas, and cornerback Jaylon Lane of Nacogdoches, Texas, has impacted the Cowboys recruiting class. However, they did pick up a commitment on Friday in junior college safety Jordan Burton of Kilgore J.C.

Burton is 6-1 and 210 pounds and a natural to move into the "star" linebacker and help there, so his commitment really isn't making up for the loss of McGruder or Lane.

In making up for Lane, Justin Martin, the standout corner from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M J.C., would be a great fit. From the high school ranks there is the highly regarded Kendall Sheffield of Missouri City (Marshall), Texas and Kris Boyd of Gilmer, Texas. It is tough to find a really gifted cover cornerback.

For other spots on the board, keep an eye on the offensive line recruiting as another junior college prospect in Butler County C.C. and former Prairie View, Kansas lineman Matt Kellerman has an offer from Oklahoma State.

The 6-6, 290-pound honorable mention All-Jayhawk Conference tackle visited Illinois (11/14) and this past weekend at Iowa State (11/21) with Louisville this next weekend (11/28). Oklahoma State could get a visit the weekend after Bedlam and just before the junior college signing day. The stout Kellerman can bench press 330 pounds and squat max 515 pounds.

Running back is another area of concern with Ronald Jones II visiting Notre Dame at some date. It was scheduled this weekend but he and his McKinney North teammates had a playoff game on Saturday as they defeated West Mesquite 50-44 in the Cotton Bowl. Jones was the player of the game with 27 carries for 308 yards and four touchdowns, including an 83-yard scoring run. He averaged 11.4 yards a carry. They now play Lake Ridge in Mansfield, Texas on Saturday. Jones is also going to visit USC as some point and that was scheduled for this weekend but Lake Ridge comes first.

The fabulous Chris Warren (pictured above) was out for the playoff win over Dallas Jesuit 48-27 on Saturday, and now Rockwall plays Houston Westfield in Georgetown at 2 p.m. Saturday. Warren is definitely on Oklahoma State's radar.

Two other running backs that would be as well are junior college standout and Jayhawk Conference Offensive Player of the Year Alvin Kamara (5-11, 207). Originally out of Norcross, Ga., and offered by the Cowboys then, Kamara rushed for 1,253 yards and 18 touchdowns this season at Hutchinson C.C. in Kansas.

He had games of 220 yards rushing vs. Coffeyville C.C., 198 yards and three touchdowns vs. Dodge City, and 143 yards on 28 carries vs. champion Butler County C.C. Kamara has been offered by Oklahoma State after bouncing to Butler from Alabama. Tennessee is the leader on him or they have been.

Kendall Bussey of Newman High School in New Orleans is committed to Nebraska, but the 5-9, 205-pounder is still being pursued by many of the over 20 major Division I schools that offered including Oklahoma State, TCU, USC, Notre Dame, Missouri, Mississippi State, and Arizona State. Bussey has been injured in the playoffs but had 1,240 yards and 28 touchdowns rushing before his injury.

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