What To Watch As Recruiting Hits Stretch Run

It's T minus 204 hours and counting until signing day, give or take a few hours. This is the time of year where the recruits cell phones often go unanswered and you may have a better chance of finding out information by using text, which is often effective, or by checking Twitter or Instagram, which can be effective depending on what the particular recruit wants out there.

As an example, there are many Oklahoma State fans that are feeling very good about Dallas (Bishop Dunne), Texas defensive tackle Darrion Daniels (pictured above). The words "secret commitment" have been out there, but Daniels made what we think is his last official visit to Iowa over the weekend and give the Hawkeyes credit as they offered a scholarship to his little brother Damion, a 2017 defensive line prospect.

Daniels seemed to have a good visit to Iowa this weekend. For all those that wonder what these prospects are going through as the day they decide on their college home approaches a week from Wednesday, Daniels tweeted a reminder.

Darrion Daniels?
@ DarrionGolden79
Some say I'm playing around, when clearly I'm making a serious life decision.... wouldn't you take your time and make sure you're 100%?

I agree with Daniels, it is about making a serious and life-long and life-changing decision. I would say the two-time All-State performer that helped lead the Falcons to the TAPPS Division I State Championship this season has a big decision to make between the Cowboys, the Hawkeyes, and the Sooners.

His senior season included the state title and 28.0 tackles for loss and 8.0 sacks. If I were predicting, I would predict Oklahoma State here. But that is just a prediction as Daniels is one that is not answering his phone.

As for Oklahoma State, it is about making decisions that impact your football team, both on and off the field.

This weekend OSU hosted four prospects and one that did not have and apparently won't have an offer. Butler County C.C., Kansas running back Chris Carson made the trip to Stillwater as the native of Lilburn (Parkview), Georgia brought Butler teammate Antwan Hadley with him. Hadley committed last week on a visit to Western Kentucky and this trip was a good way to check out another school and have some fun. The 6-3, 205 pound Hadley is sold on his Hilltoppers.

The 6-1, 210-pound Carson may still be sold on the Bulldogs, the school he committed to out of high school and then again out of junior college.

"I'm still committed to Georgia," Carson said Sunday night. "Oklahoma State has given me some things to think about."

In another report Carson was asked to play the percentages and he did to the tune of 70 percent, maybe 80 percent in his current commitment to Georgia. Can that be overcome? Yes, but it will be difficult.

OSU did get a commitment from a standout player in Louis Brown out of Burton, Texas.

The 6-6, 210-pound Brown has been starting for the Panthers since his freshman season, and he is the most recruited player in the history of Burton High School. He has played running back, tight end, wide receiver, defensive end, outside linebacker, and safety in his time there and has been an All-State performer since his sophomore season.

You watch him on tape and he truly is like watching a man among boys. He was originally committed to Baylor and then switched to Texas. Last week he de-committed from Texas and by Saturday night on his visit to Stillwater and OSU he was tweeting his commitment.

He is a dominant player at that level and Oklahoma State strength and conditioning mentor Rob Glass is going to have a blast in working with Brown. His high school head coach, Jason Hodde, said that Cowboys defensive line coach Joe Bob Clements did a great job in recruiting him.

"Oklahoma State was in on him early in terms of offering him and he had a chance to go up there and watch some games and I think he really, really liked it," Hodde said. "In recruiting it really picked up and he made some decisions based on some things that gradually he found weren't really important to him. Coach Clements stayed with him and did a good job in recruiting him and made a good impression on Louis and his mom."

I have a feeling that Louis Brown is going to make a very strong impression on Oklahoma State and its fans in time. This past season he rushed for over 1,000 yards, scored 12 touchdowns, and made 169 tackles. He really can be any kind of player he wants to be with his God-given physical gifts.

Brown seemed to be having a good time with the lone previous committed visitor of the weekend. Kevin Henry was once committed to LSU and like Brown made a change.

Henry is a multiple All-State performer at Baton Rouge Central as a big safety. He is 6-1 and 205 pounds but that would still make tackling Brown a decent challenge. Henry is a physical player and likely could wind up seeing action at the Cowboys hybrid "star" linebacker.

As for his visit, it went well. He said he would call me back but he lost his voice. "I'm just now getting better. I don't have a voice," Henry text. "Yeah, it (visit) was great. I'll give you a call soon and let you know."

Henry had 80 tackles and three interceptions among his numbers this season. He is a really gifted defender.

Okay, that covers who was in this weekend and one that was on the road elsewhere in Daniels, who visited Iowa.

What is left? I know if you check his Twitter all you can seem to find is love messages from Wisconsin fans, but I still think Jordan Stevenson, the standout running back from Dallas South Oak Cliff, is a possibility. By the way the speedy runner was just chosen for the Team USA football under 19 game against Canada on Saturday, Feb. 7. By then he will either be a Cowboy or a Badger.

Chris Warren is still set to announce on signing day. He visited Texas Tech last weekend and will go to Washington this weekend. I don't know why but I have a feeling he will wind up at Texas or maybe Washington. I don't know why and I could be wrong.

We were right about Xavier Castille, his receiver/athlete teammate at Rockwall High School, as we told you we thought he would stay close to home at SMU. He committed on his visit this weekend and it's a big commit for new head coach Chad Morris and the Ponies.

Oklahoma State coaches are still on the road this week and I'm guessing two targets, both running backs and both from Texas, that have not visited OSU and are committed elsewhere could be on the itinerary for Oklahoma State coaches, maybe even head coach Mike Gundy.

Aca'cedric Ware of Cedar Hill (committed to USC) and Corey Dauphine of Port Arthur Memorial (committed to Texas Tech) would both be outstanding answers to the Cowboys running back dilemma on signing day.<.p>

I've said before that even seeing Ronald Jones reconsider would not surprise me. The closer it gets to signing that document that ties you to a school the harder you think about whether you want to go that far from home. It could be an interesting week.


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