Cowboys Mini-Camp Loaded: Offense

Oklahoma State held its annual summer half-day minicamp inside the football facilities and the Sherman Smith Training Center on Sunday afternoon. Off and on rain showers didn't bother the schedule at all with the use of the Smith indoor training facility. There was no doubt the star of the camp was the Cowboys 2016 quarterback pledge and recently announced Elite 11 finalist Nick Starkel.

However, Starkel was one of many talented prospects in both the 2016 and 2017 recruiting classes, and by the end of the camp there were a number of participants hanging around to speak with coaches after the camp broke up. Judging by the Twitter traffic from a number of them, and some we confirmed over the phone, there were a lot of scholarship offers that were made. The total for the camp was 129 participants.

Starkel measured at just under 6-4 and weighed in at 183 pounds. He spent a lot of time talking with other campers present including an interesting story.

You remember Starkel had a really good junior season going last fall at Liberty Christian in Argyle, Texas. Through six-plus games he completed 106-of-160 passes for 1,609 yards and 19 touchdowns. His season ended with a broken left arm in game seven against Dallas Bishop Dunne. So who sacked him in the game on the play where he broke his arm? None other than Oklahoma State freshman defensive tackle Darrion Daniels.

Daniels was at the camp today. He and Starkel joked around about it, even took a picture together. It was funny to hear the two players tell the story.

"That's true, it'll be better to be playing on the same team with Darrion," Starkel said later on his way home. "I thought it went well and it was good to see all those guys, including L.D. Brown from DeSoto (more on him later). I got to work with a lot of guys and with Coach [Mike] Yurcich."

When he wasn't re-living that game from last season with Daniels, Starkel was throwing to a group of receivers that included speedy Fort Worth South Hills 2017 prospect Tylan Wallace (pictured above). The 5-11, 177-pound Wallace ran well and had a fantastic time in the 5-10-5 agility drill. He and his twin brother, 2017 dual threat quarterback Tracin Wallace, were both announcing scholarship offers from Oklahoma State on the way home.

"Yes, they spoke to both of us together," Tylan Wallace told us over the phone on the way back to Fort Worth. "I think it's great and I like it that they are interested in me and in Tracin."

Tylan said he is the best looking of the brothers and admits he has to be nice to Tracin because he is the one throwing the ball. Tracin is also 5-11, 177 and fast.

The two brothers have offers now from Oklahoma State, Houston, SMU, Tulsa, and Vanderbilt. Last season Tracin completed 123-of-180 passing for 2,123 yards with 30 touchdowns and just 3 interceptions. He rushed 131 times for 1,393 yards and 22 touchdowns. Tylan had two rushing touchdowns with 34 receptions for 801 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Other quarterbacks in Stillwater included Mesquite (Horn), Texas 2017 quarterback prospect Chris Robison. The 6-1 1/2, 180-pound standout also reported an offer from Oklahoma State.

Other receivers in the camp included Jace Williams, who is a quarterback at Buhler, Kansas. Last season Williams, who is 6-5, 205 pounds, threw for 2,104 yards and 18 touchdowns while also rushing 190 times for 1,797 yards and 16 touchdowns. He ran a 4.57 in the forty and is a strong and legitimate threat as a receiver.

Dan Drew from Checotah, Okla., was at the satellite camp in Henderson, Texas last Saturday and ran a big time forty. He was back and looked good in the camp on Sunday, as did Edmond Santa Fe receiver Dylan Williams. Stillwater's Jordan Brown, who is 6-1 1/12, and 202 pounds, also looked good catching the ball.

A trio of senior-to-be running backs in Edmond Santa Fe's Darran Williams (5-11, 175), Bixby's state championship hero Nic Roller (5-11, 234), and Topeka, Kansas Mike McCoy (5-9, 175) all looked good, ran well and performed well. But DeSoto, Texas little known L.D. Brown was a rocket. He is 5-9 and 174 pounds and he blazed a sub 4.4 in the forty. On the way home Brown was happy to let social media know he had an Oklahoma State offer.

The Cowboys got a commitment on Sunday from an unofficial visitor, not a camper, in Topeka, Kansas offensive tackle Tevin Jenkins. The 6-6, 295-pound Jenkins stayed and watched the camp. There were plenty of impressive offensive linemen participating and Oklahoma City John Marshall standout Tramonda Moore was offered later. The 6-4 1/2, 350-pound Moore is one of the largest reasons that former Oklahoma State receiver Rashaun Woods and his staff have done so well in turning around John Marshall football fortunes.

Other offensive linemen of note included a teammate of Brown's at DeSoto in 2017 prospect Hyrin White (6-5 1/2, 303), 2016 Owasso prospect Brandon Scott (6-6 1/2, 314), and Shawnee 2017 class member Creed Humphrey (6-4, 297).


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