OSU Football: East Texas Camp Draws Prospects

Historically, East Texas camps on the Crusader Elite Camp series, featuring Mary Hardin-Baylor's coaching staff and guest coaches from Oklahoma State, have had light turnouts. Part of the issue is there is less of a concentrated population base and the timing as the tour hit East Texas at 4 p.m. Saturday. Also, Baylor was hosting a camp for prospects at Marshall, some 20 minutes down the road.

We counted five players out of the 62 campers on hand that looked like they could wind up being potential college recruits. One of those five is already playing junior college football.

I have seen junior college players show up at these camps. In fact, a wide receiver from Trinity Valley Community College showed up two years ago. This year a quarterback showed up as red-shirt freshman Ryan Cottingame out of Sunny Vale High School and now TVCC was there.

Cottingame is big at 6-3, 218 pounds and runs well (4.69 in the forty). He also graded out well with a 4.69 in the forty, a big broad jump of 9'5" and a 4.4 in the 5-10-5 drill. He redshirted last season and is competing for the job for this fall.

Kyree Ratliffe is a big running back at 6-1, 225 pounds out of Elysian Fields. He ran decent and had a big junior season finishing as the District 8-3A II Offensive Most Valuable Player. He is likely a player to keep an eye during his senior season.

There were two receivers that made you sit up and take notice and for different reasons. Drew Dan of Checotah, Okla., came across the Red River to get the Cowboys attention and did with a 4.43 forty time.

The 6-2, 169-pound receiver is slender but has an electronic 4.47 in the forty. He has offers from the academies in Air Force, Army, and Navy. He also had a 9'7" in the broad jump and a 4.25 in the 5-10-5 agility. He also has an offer from UCO.

The other receiver present that looked good was Andrew Southard of Hallsville. He gets your attention with his 6-2, 189-pound frame and a lot of athletic ability. Last season he was also the 15-5A All-District punter.

There were no linemen to speak of, at least as far as recruiting candidates for Oklahoma State. At linebacker there was anticipation about Reshawn Parker of Hooks. He looked good at 6-1 1/2 and 216 pounds. He ran okay and did fine in drills. We'll see if anything develops.

In the defensive backs group there was a really good prospect in Devin Smith out of Gilmer. He made 103 tackles last season, 96 unassisted with two interceptions and a fumble forced and another recovered. He is just 5-9 1/4 and 155 pounds soaking wet, but he can play and also rushed for 63 yards on five carries and scored a touchdown last season. He caught three passes for 50 yards and dreams of playing college football at a high level and we think he will get that chance. Gilmer, after all, is not hidden from recruiters.


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