As The Running Back World Turns

I decided today to take one more shot at seeing where running backs targets are heading into the new year. The dead period for recruiting will extend through the bowl games over the weekend. That means just one phone call a week and I'm sure Oklahoma State's coaches, including running backs coach Jemal Singleton, will be making calls from Arizona to check in on commits and prospects.

Former commitment Ronald Jones II, of McKinney North will be taking his speedy talents this week to St. Petersburg, Fla., for the Under Armour All-American Game. He is being billed as one of the athletes that will make a commitment during the ESPN broadcast.

This could be a situation where ESPN is encouraging (for broadcast drama) a commitment to be made. Jones is scheduled to visit Oklahoma State on Jan. 16. His de-commitment after eight months could be part of this. ESPN is reporting that he will decided between recent schools visited in USC and Notre Dame.

We tried to reach Jones but as it has been since late October all you get is his answering message, which is clever, but not information producing. All we can say is we'll see and Scout will have a crew covering the Under Armour game and the week of practice.

Oklahoma State's most recent offers, all from Texas, include Port Arthur Memorial's speedster Corey Dauphine, who is committed to Texas Tech; recent state championship winning running back Aca'cedric Ware of Class 6A champion Cedar Hill, who is committed to USC, and Jordan Stevenson (shown above), a real flyer from Dallas South Oak Cliff who has been committed to Texas and, most recently, Wisconsin.

"I'm still getting contact from some schools (Arkansas and Oklahoma State)," Dauphine said on Sunday afternoon. "I'm still firm with Texas Tech."

Dauphine, who is 6-1 and 180 pounds, and ready to defend a 200 meters (20.76) state championship in track, rushed for 1,215 yards and nine touchdowns on 179 carries this fall.

He visited both Tennessee and Washington State during the season and said he will make his official visit to Texas Tech on Jan. 23. That leaves open the Jan. 16 visit weekend when Oklahoma State will have its monster recruiting weekend, and you just know they will work on Dauphine to make that trip.

"I listen, but so far I'm steady," he added.

We tried to contact both Ware and Stevenson, but had to leave messages.

Ware did not have a big game statistically in the 6A state championship game win over Katy but he had several key first down runs and several big blocks. His prowess is well known with 306 carries for 2,440 rushing yards and 34 touchdowns this season.

He had a monster game in the win over district and border rival DeSoto and then in the 62-42 playoff win over Southlake Carroll Ware had 29 carries for 283 yards and a touchdown. He is committed to USC but seems willing to talk with other schools.

Stevenson is 5-8, 185 pounds and has speed and wiggle in keeping defenders missing. He was committed to Texas, but at the start of December switched to Wisconsin. Now Oklahoma State has offered and the word is he has interest.

Stevenson rushed for 2,511 yards and 31 touchdowns on 258 carries this season, and as a junior he rushed for 1,994 yards and 18 touchdowns on 216 carries. He is legit good. A former Dallas Skyline player, he has been the player at South Oak Cliff the last two seasons.



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