Landscape Is Changing Hour By Hour

It's the final week of recruiting and the final few days out on the road for coaches before the final weekend for official visits before the pre-National Signing Day "dead period" begins at midnight Sunday to Monday. It is no secret that Oklahoma State is looking for running backs and at the same time could be in line to pick up a top defensive tackle from Texas.

The defensive tackle news is easier as Darrion Daniels the two-time TAPPS All-State defensive lineman and actually also an All-State player on both sides of the ball as a senior will announce his decision on Friday evening on national cable television. His father, Tony, sent out the information that Darrion will announce on CBS Sports Network's The Lemming Report at 7 p.m. Friday (Central time).

Daniels finished this season with 68 total tackles, 38 unassisted, 28 tackles for loss, 8 sacks, and he is a Scout 300 national recruit.

Daniels has officially visited Oklahoma State, OU, and Iowa. He was at Iowa last weekend and his official visit to Oklahoma State came on the weekend of the Texas game. There are some OSU fans that feel Daniels has been leaning to the Cowboys all along, but the 6-4 and 290 pounder has been careful not to publicly lean any way right down to this recent message.

"Just wanna give God the thanks for putting me in an amazing and tough position and thanks to all of the schools who offered me," Daniels put out on Twitter.

Athletically, Daniels is a special player with his size and a sub-4.8 in the forty and a 340-pound bench press with a 460-pound squat max. He is strong and athletic and serious about football as well as being a smart player.

For the running back prospects the OSU coaching staff is hitting prospects hard, some they have been on and others where they are trying to persuade a late change of mind.

Thursday night they will be in Jordan Stevenson's home as the current Wisconsin commitment came out of his official visit to Oklahoma State saying he had some things to think about. Stevenson is 5-11, 195-pound back with speed that actually fits the Oklahoma State running back profile that includes names like Joe Randle and Kendall Hunter almost exactly.

Rockwall's Chris Warren has said OSU was in his equation and the jumbo running back has also visited Texas, Texas Tech, and now Texas A&M has offered and wants him to visit on the eve of a planned visit to Washington this weekend. There are still hopes on junior college standout and Georgia commit Chris Carson, who visited last weekend, and names like Aca'cedric Ware (USC commit) and Corey Dauphine (Texas Tech commit) continue to get mentioned.

There are new names that keep popping up and I can tell you right now with Mike Gundy and his staff it is an hour to hour process. The goal is to leave no stone and, perhaps with running backs, no commitment without being tugged on.

Arrangements for the final official visits this weekend to Stillwater could be made at the last minute.


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