OSU's Top Running Back Candidates

A quick review of the top running back candidates at this stage and knowing that the Oklahoma State staff is on the lookout while on the road the next two weeks looking for last minute possibilities at the position. Is it likely to be nerve wracking as to whether the Pokes end up with one or the desired two running back signees that could immediately jump in and contribute.

As said here on several occasions the Cowboys have two huge selling points. First, they have the opportunity for immediate playing time and second, they have a strong tradition of running backs at the school performing well and many going on to the NFL.

1. Chris Carson
6-1, 215, Butler County C.C., Kansas/Lilburn (Parkview), Ga.
Why is Carson number one? He's older and more mature physically and Oklahoma State is looking for somebody to carry the ball now, not a year or two from now. I'm not saying a high school back couldn't jump in and do it. Carson is still committed to Georgia and the Bulldogs had two different freshmen running backs jump in this season and dominate including Nick Chubb, who rushed for a Belk Bowl record 266 yards in the win over Louisville. Carson rushed for 974 yards and 9 touchdowns this season at Butler County. He earned all kinds of honors in high school as he ran for 2,246 yards and 29 touchdowns at Parkview High School. Maturity is the edge for Carson.

2. Chris Warren
6-2, 225, Rockwall, Texas
Warren would be a different kind of back for Oklahoma State in that the Cowboys have usually had more speed and shiftiness than the power and speed that Warren delivers. This season he carried 250 times for 2,320 yards and 34 touchdowns. Another big plus for Warren is his pedigree as he grew up knowing what it takes to be a good running back. He was very ball security conscious at Rockwall and he really dished out more blows than he took. He has visited Texas and OSU with Texas Tech and Washington left. He told us that he expects to know where he will be going by his Washington trip. He said he will not announce until signing day.

3. Jordan Stevenson
5-10, 185, Dallas (South Oak Cliff), Texas
Judging by the pictures and the videos on Stevenson's Instagram account he had a really good time in Stillwater. Now he is saying he will announce a final decision on signing day so the Badger fans can join in with the Cowboy fans and be a little nervous. This season he used his speed and was sensational with 258 carries for 2,530 yards and 28 touchdowns. Geography is in the Cowboys favor as is average temperature.

4. Aca'cedric Ware
5-11, 195, Cedar Hill, Texas
The hope is that he will visit this weekend. Ware is fairly quiet about his recruiting. He is committed to USC, but the Trojans have a small crowd of returning running backs and a trio of backs in their recruiting class. Ware was instrumental in the second straight state championship for the Longhorns at Cedar Hill. He carried 291 times and was an "iron horse" at times with 2,440 yards rushing and 34 touchdowns. He also caught the ball well out of the backfield. He is similar to previous OSU backs in style as he resembles Joseph Randle.

5. Nicholas Brossette
6-0, 212, Baton Rouge (University Lab), La.
Don't know for sure if he is going to visit but the LSU commitment seems to be having a good time as he was visiting Texas last weekend. He is down for his LSU visit this weekend and has been to Notre Dame, but he has the final weekend open. LSU head coach Les Miles has seen plenty of him and legally as Miles' son Manny was his quarterback at University Lab playing for the Cubs. His numbers are off the charts as he was playing varsity football while in the 8th grade. He has 8,806 rushing yards and 167 touchdowns in his prep career. This season he had 1,833 yards and 31 touchdowns.

6. Ronald Jones II
5-11, 190, McKinney (North), Texas
I'm sorry and I don't want to think that I am teasing you here but I've always had the feeling that by signing day that Jones could flip back to his original commitment. It's easy to think about going far away from home until it gets closer to signing day and then the second thoughts creep in. I also know that Oklahoma State and Jones have not cut off communication with each other since he de-committed and switched to USC. There hasn't been a lot, but the channels have stayed open. This season he carried 240 times for 2,009 yards and 28 touchdowns.

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