OSU Recruiting Notebook: Who's Visiting?

A Bedlam win has apparently made Oklahoma State fans thirsty for a recruiting commit and apparently a Bedlam loss has made one OU homer radio broadcaster in the Oklahoma City area that talks with a "Yankee" accent wishing for a recruiting de-commitment.

The rumors of a new commitment can't be confirmed and believe me I have pursued all angles and sources. There is action though. The reports from fans I have seen have suggested a Texas defensive tackle or defensive end has committed to the Cowboys.

The three most likely possibilities would be Dallas (Bishop Dunne) defensive lineman Darrion Daniels (6-3 1/2, 290), who visited officially for the Texas game back on Nov. 15. He has also visited Texas Tech and OU. Baylor, Iowa, and Missouri are also in the mix; Tipa Galea'i, the brother of freshman offensive lineman Junior Galea'i, and Fort Bend Bush defensive end Mbi Tanyi (6-2 1/2, 247).

Tipa Galea'i is also from Euless (Trinity), Texas and is a 6-4, 220-pound defensive end prospect who is highly recruited and will visit on the big visit weekend on Jan. 16.

Tanyi, who finished with 39 tackles and 2.5 sacks this season, is committed to Maryland. However, he has shown some interest in Oklahoma State.

The most likely commitment that has been rumored may be the offensive tackle that Scout's Derek Young wrote about today. That is Butler County C.C. offensive tackle Matt Kellerman, who is visiting later this week. Check the update that will be posted shortly on Kellerman.

As for the "Yankee" accent OU homer on the radio, there were several people that reported to me this reporter was spouting off about McKinney (North), Texas running back Ronald Jones II backing off his commitment to Oklahoma State. We have not heard any word of that as his head coach has said he is firmly committed to the Cowboys.

Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy was in the home on the first day you could do so on Monday, Dec. 2. Now, Jones who rushed for 2009 yards and 28 touchdowns on 240 carries was still the Player of the Game in the 64-40 playoff loss to Tyler John last Friday in Denton at UNT's Apogee Stadium. Jones carried 20 times for 188 yards and two touchdowns.

Jones had told Oklahoma State that he wanted to visit USC and Notre Dame. He visited USC and Los Angeles on Saturday and returned Monday. He is scheduled to go to Notre Dame this weekend, but will have OSU running backs coach Jemal Singleton in his home this week before leaving.

As for the Jalin Barnett rumors, the big All-American offensive guard from Lawton is interested in Oklahoma State and will visit now that the season is over. Barnett was at the Bedlam game as a guest of Oklahoma. The word is he is off Arkansas, and OSU has a strong shot.

Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich went to Lawton today (Tuesday) to see Barnett and also to see Lawton speedy running back/cornerback Darreyl Patterson. Patterson has been racking up offers from schools such as Iowa State and Kansas State.

As for visits this week, Oklahoma State will host UAB starting left offensive tackle Victor Salako starting Wednesday. The 6-6, 310-pound Salako is free to transfer to any school and be eligible immediately since UAB is dropping its football program. Salako started every game this season as s sophomore and has two years left to play.

Matt Kellerman will start his visit on Thursday. Then on Friday Norman North quarterback John Kolar will visit. Kolar is a mid-year enrollee.

Also, visiting this weekend is Kilgore Junior College safety and potential "star" linebacker candidate Jordon Burton. The All-American from Kilgore is originally from Longview, Texas.



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