It shows that dating back to our previous feature that was similar to this, "Guess the Recruiting Class" that I'm out of practice on prognosticating the commitments before they actually happen. The old recruiting crystal ball is a little cloudy.
From our first installment from April 12, I took false credit for Malik Kearse. Honestly, I had no idea who he was and if I were taking a junior college cornerback it would have been Maurice Chandler as he plays on the defense that my son coaches at NEO A&M J.C.
Of course, Chandler has offers from Alabama, Florida State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and a bunch of others. Now, I will take credit for Justice Hill, the first commitment, and Madre Harper, the corner out of Arlington Lamar in Texas. I get credit for quarterback Nick Starkel as I had him front and center in the previous installment.
Already Committed But Give Me Credit for These Guys (3)
Justice Hill, RB, 5-10, 185, Tulsa (Booker T. Washington), Okla. - He sure showed his prowess with speed and strength at the Nike Combine in Arlington. I really would have had this one.
Madre Harper, CB, 6-3, 170, Arlington (Lamar), Texas - I saw this young man at the Nike Opening Regional held at his own school and I really like him.
Nick Starkel, QB, 6-4, 183, Argyle (Liberty Christian), Texas - I saw Starkel at the Nike Opening Regional and he is a fit. Great young man and has tremendous leadership qualities along with talent.
Committed But I Get No Credit as I Missed These Guys (3)
Malik Kearse, CB, 6-1, 175, Fort Scott C.C., Kan./Opa-Locka (Monsignor Pace), Fla. - I wouldn't have guessed this one. He has good size, but honestly I'd like to see the Cowboys take a second JC corner and you'll see if they follow through with Chandler at NEO.
Tyrell Alexander, Ath./WR, 6-1 1/2, 170, Lancaster, Texas - Alexander had been to Oklahoma State multiple times including Junior Day. He is highly touted with four stars. I should have seen this one coming but I missed on it.
Rodarius Williams, CB, 6-0, 171, Shreveport (Calvary Baptist), La. - Don't know that I would have picked this one up but he is a big, strong Louisiana prospect that is part of an ultra-talented secondary at Calvary Baptist.
My Previous Best Selections that are Now Off the Board (3)
Nick Starkel to Oklahoma State
Austin Anderson, OL, 6-4, 285, Mineola, Texas - Twin brothers that committed to Texas A&M
Riley Anderson, OL, 6-5, 285, Mineola, Texas - Twin brothers that committed to Texas A&M
These Are My Best Selections in Terms of Accuracy (7)
Camron Williams, WR, 6-3, 210, Dallas (First Baptist Academy), Texas - Another prospect that I saw at the Nike Regional, and he is really a big target that would be a good fit at OSU. I'm sticking with him because I believe the Cowboys will want a big target in the class. He has offers from the likes of OU, TCU, Texas, USC, and Wisconsin.
Alton Robinson, DE, 6-2 ½, 220, Converse (Judson), Texas - I kept Robinson on there and the battle will be with Baylor and Texas A&M that are recruiting him very aggressively. I saw him at Nike as well and a little small but great quickness and Cowboys can show him how they have grown defensive ends with examples like Jordan Brailford and Cole Walterscheid.
Clifton Lewis, LB, 6-1, 210, Fort Bend (Hightower), Texas - The Cowboys, Baylor, and TCU are all working his recruitment aggressively right now. Lewis is a lot like his brother Shaun, and he knows how well his brother's college experience turned out. Lewis is smarter and quicker than flat-out fast and he can achieve high in this defense.
Zach Shackelford, OL, 6-3, 290, Belton, Texas - A new addition as Oklahoma State offered recently and the center/guard prospect has been to Stillwater on multiple occasions. He is likely to make a decision in the next few weeks. He has been able to get to know Greg Adkins and he is excited about him as a coach.
Denzel Okafor, OL, 6-4, 290, Lewisville, Texas - I've added Okafor as I think he is very interested in Oklahoma State and the Cowboys are in the mold right now to add offensive linemen to their commitment list. The word is starting to get out there that new OL coach Greg Adkins really knows what he is doing and is a strong addition to the staff.
Dropped from the previous list:
T.J. Fiailoa, OL, 6-4, 320, Lawton (MacArthur), Okla. - My favorite Oklahoma offensive line prospect in this class and he is of Polynesian descent, which will fit in well with the growing family of Polynesian players that are part of the Cowboys football program.
Call This More the Wish List and Real Guessing List (9)
Calvin Bundage, Saf./Star LB, 6-3, 200, Edmond (Santa Fe), Okla. - Bundage has become the top prospect in Oklahoma in this class and he was in attendance for the spring game. I think this could come down to a Bedlam recruiting battle even though a lot of other schools are in the picture.
Marvin Terry, LB, 6-2, 220, Dallas (South Oak Cliff), Texas - Terry was at the OSU spring game and it is well known that he is very high on the Cowboys preferred list of prospects. I just don't know what kind of timetable there is with when he wants to make a pledge.
Connor Murphy, DE, 6-7, 250, Phoenix (Brophy Prep), Ariz. - Just offered last week when a Cowboy assistant (we think Marcus Arroyo) was watching spring practice. His brother plays in the NFL and Murphy had monster numbers last season. He is athletic and like Cole Walterscheid, he can block out the sun. He has a big offer list as Cowboys were his 15th scholarship invite.
Levi Onwuzurike, DE, 6-3, 240, Allen, Texas - He is a big-time prospect with a huge offer list but Oklahoma State is in the battle and seeing what is happening right now for Emmanuel Ogbah is a huge recruiting tool with Onwuzurike.
Rashard Lawrence, DT, 6-2, 305, Monroe (Neville), La. - Great personality and he is really tough playing with lots of leverage. You can expect that the Eric Henderson/Louisiana connection would be at work here.
Amani Bledsoe, DE, 6-5, 265, Lawrence, Kan. - I saw him first at Oklahoma State camp last summer and I think he may have been offered that day. He is a load and there will be lots of competition.
Shane Richards, OT, 6-7, 320, New Mexico Military Institute (J.C.)/Calgary, Alberta, Canada - A recent offer, his size is impressive. Oklahoma State should be a real factor here as the Cowboys try to strike OL gold in Canada just like Baylor has in the past.
A.J. Green, CB, 6-1, 170, DeSoto, Texas - One of the earliest targets for Oklahoma State, he has visited with his parents this spring. Green has a strong relationship with OSU and this could have gone in the previous category.
Maurice Chandler, CB, 6-1, 185, NEO A&M J.C./Lawton, Okla. - I know he is not even on the target list, but OU, Florida State, LSU and others have offered and his defensive coordinator and his position coach are both OSU grads. That doesn't guarantee anything but it can't hurt. Nebraska has offered too and his head coach is a Husker grad.
Dropped from the previous list:
Terry Wilson, QB, 6-2, 180, Del City, Okla. - Really talented quarterback that showed up big at the Nike Regional for The Opening and he is now committed to Nebraska.
Quan Hogan, RB, 6-0, 203, Norman (Norman North), Okla. - I'm starting to think that Oklahoma State may not show any interest his direction.
Adewale Omotosho, WR, 6-3, 180, Plano (Plano East), Texas - Another prospect that I'm starting to think will head a different direction.