This past weekend Chris Warren of Rockwall, Texas was in Stillwater for his official visit. His 6-2, 225-pound frame and downhill running style with over 2,300 yards this past season and 34 touchdowns is in high demand.
Dallas (South Oak Cliff), Texas running back Jordan Stevenson with over 2,500 yards and also 34 touchdowns this season is committed to Wisconsin. While he ditched a commitment to Texas for the Badgers that doesn't mean it is going to be a snap to get him to switch again.
I think Oklahoma State has a good shot with Warren especially after the weekend. and word today from perhaps the top junior college running back in the country puts OSU in the running.
This afternoon Chris Carson spoke to us from the campus of Butler County (Kansas) Community College, where he said he had a visit on his first day back with OSU offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich and running backs coach Jemal Singleton.
Last week on Thursday, the first day coaches could be out on the road again, head coach Mike Gundy was in Georgia visiting Carson and his family. Carson took pictures from the visit and put them on his Instagram account and thanked Gundy for making the visit.
It paid off as now Carson said he will visit Gundy and OSU in Stillwater.
"It went really good and I thank coach for coming in and visiting my family in Georgia," Carson said. "He is real cool and you can tell he is a player's coach and that he is good for the players. I like coach Gundy.
Today, I talked with the offensive coordinator and running backs coach and I am all set to visit this coming Friday."
Carson said he is still committed to Georgia and that Oklahoma State is the only other school he is thinking about right now.
The 6-1, 210-pound Carson is a more mature player after two years at Butler. This past season he carried 139 times for 974 yards and 9 touchdowns with a 7.2 yards per carry average. In high school at Lilburn (Parkview), Ga., he rushed for over 2,246 yards in his career and 29 touchdowns. He is a combo back with power and acceleration.
Now in a further wrap up from the weekend there were no additional commitments, but all six of the committed prospects that visited said they were confirmed and solid. That includes McKinney North safety Bryce Balous, Fort Bend (Bush) offensive tackle Joshua Jones, Duncanville linebacker Za'Carrius Green, Mansfield (Summit) defensive tackle Taaj Bakari, and Midland (Christian) offensive lineman Johnny Wilson, all from Texas, and wide receiver Jalen McClesky from Covington (St. Paul), La.
You can check any of the prospect's Instagram accounts for highlights of the visit as there are pictures and video of the players from on the field in Boone Pickens Stadium, from the visit to Mike Gundy's home, from the indoor practice facility, and from other stages of the visit weekend.
We mentioned that Warren and Stevenson are still interested and considering Oklahoma State and it was a mistake that their names came off our Premium Board Recruiting Target List and they are both back up. Warren has two more visits to make as does his teammate Xavier Castille, who was visiting over the weekend. I'm thinking SMU may be the leader on the wide receiver/athlete from Rockwall.
The news is out that Alabama and former North Little Rock running back Altee Tenpenny has his release and is looking to transfer. He played sparingly the last two seasons at Alabama and he has not used a redshirt season so he can use it in sitting out a season which he has to do unless he can get a waiver or qualify for the new "runoff rule" but our understanding is that he was the one that instigated the transfer. The 6-1, 215-pound Tenpenny would be a great answer to the Cowboys need if he were eligible immediately.
Along with Carson, two other possible visitors this weekend could be Burton, Texas athlete Louis Brown (6-6, 210), who de-committed from Texas last weekend while on his visit, and Cedar Hill running back Aca'cedric Ware, who is committed to Southern Cal.
Also, Baton Rouge Central safety Kevin Henry is another highly regarded commitment for the Cowboys on defense. He changed his visit from last weekend to this upcoming weekend.