Sons Of Former Sooners Stand Out

Part two of our review of Oklahoma State's Sunday half-day minicamp in Stillwater spotlights the defense. It is safe to say that there were not as many standouts on the defensive side as there were on offense as that is just by the numbers. Of the 129 players in the camp there were only 46 on the defensive side and half of those were cornerbacks and safeties.

Two of the players -- Shreveport Calvary Baptist standout Rodarius Williams and Arlington Lamar's Madre Harper -- were participants at OSU today with last names that most OU fans would recognize as both of their dads were coached at Oklahoma by current Cowboys recruiting coordinator Johnny Barr.

Robert Barnes of Southlake Carroll is a 2017 safety prospect who is the son of former Oklahoma defensive standout Reggie Barnes. Edmond Santa Fe 2016 linebacker prospect Mike Coats Jr. is the son of former Sooners linebacker Michael Coats Sr.

The younger Coats is 6-1, 202 pounds and made 91 tackles last season for the Wolves. He is a teammate of highly recruited Santa Fe safety and hybrid linebacker prospect Calvin Bundage. Coats has been a recruit who has seen his star rising lately.

The younger Barnes is a 6-2, 187-pound safety prospect in the class of 2017 who is tall and very athletic. Watching Barnes in some of the drills, including one-on-one and seven-on-seven, he is really talented and he will get plenty of recruiting love.

Having already been shown the love, Rodarius Williams and Madre Harper were there kind of like committed quarterback Nick Starkel to meet other recruits and maybe influence them into thinking about being a Cowboy. Both Williams and Harper looked very relaxed.

The defensive backs group was loaded. One player that really caught our eye, and he was brought to the camp by his defensive coordinator at Fort Smith Northside in Arkansas Felix Curry, was Kiondre Thomas, who is a shade under six foot, 174 pounds. He ripped off a 4.4 in the dynamic warm up drills. He also posted a 4.2 on the 5-10-5 agility. He too was outstanding in the drills and caught the attention of the Cowboys staff.

"His measure-ables, speed, ball skills, you can go coast to coast start in Oregon and go down to Miami and you won't find a better corner prospect," Coach Curry said of his player. "You won't find one any better."

Felix Curry is the father of current Cowboys corner Darius Curry and receiver C.J. Curry. He's been around some good players coaching in Georgia and now in Arkansas.

Bubba Bolden (pictured above) is a 2017 prospect from Las Vegas and the famed Bishop Gorman High School that has won a stack of state championships. Another standout with speed among the secondary players on hand was 2016 corner prospect Kyle Mayberry of Tulsa Booker T. Washington. Mayberry also ran a 4.4 in dynamic warm-ups.

Of the linebackers, one is being discussed in recruiting as a running back prospect. Taven Birdow is back at Altus and will play in his hometown this season after spending last year at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. Birdow measured right at 6-0 and 213 pounds and ran well. He worked with the linebackers and appears to be a strong prospect there.

Along with Birdow and Mike Coats, Amen Ogbonghemiga is a Canadian player from Calgary and Notre Dame Academy and Hilltoppers Midget football. He is 6-0 1/2, 207 pounds, ran well, and showed really good football instincts.

There were only 10 defensive linemen and the son of Marcellus Rivers, Tyreece Rivers of Prestonwood Christian was back after showing up well last Sunday at the satellite camp at L.D. Bell High School. Rivers is 6-2, 266 pounds and tested well. His little brother M.J. is a quarterback prospect in the 2018 class who was also in the camp on Sunday, and he too is impressive.

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