OSU: Players To Watch At The Opening

Here is a list of players to watch during Nike's The Opening, which will have six hours of television coverage starting at 7 p.m. (Central time) on both Thursday and Friday. All of these players listed below have an offer from Oklahoma State and all but Nick Starkel, who is committed, have upwards of 15 offers, all the way to 40 or more for some.

Nick Starkel, QB, 6-3, 190
Argyle (Liberty Christian), Texas-Team Hypercool
Starkel is committed to the Cowboys and if you ask nearly anyone on the Elite 11 staff from head coach Trent Dilfer on through you will get the opinion that Starkel could wind up being not only Elite 11 but the MVP of the Elite 11 finals. Dilfer loves Starkel's focus, his deep throwing ability, and his leadership and gregarious personality. Some Oklahoma State fans worry that Starkel could be too popular and too many schools could line up to steal him away. My feeling is Starkel is rock solid and OSU fans may find him doing some recruiting of his own on the Cowboys' behalf in Oregon.

Deontay Anderson, DB, 6-1, 190
Manvel, Texas - Team Hypercool
Could Anderson be an early target for Starkel since they are on the same team? Oklahoma State has done well with recruiting cornerbacks but could use a safety on the commitment list and Anderson is really good. He has great speed for his size and is a very aggressive player. He should shine in the 7-on-7 at The Opening.

Tyrie Cleveland, WR, 6-3, 189
Spring (Westfield), Texas - Team Lunarbeast
Cleveland recently released a top-10 list and Oklahoma State was not on it, but that won't keep OSU receivers coach Kasey Dunn from continuing to try and he has been known to get back in the picture. Cleveland was the top receiver at the Arlington Regional for The Opening and he will be a focus in Oregon. His athletic ability should shine for him and garner him attention early.

Rashard Lawrence, DT, 6-3, 305
Monroe (Neville), La. - Team Super Bad
Lawrence is really impressive as he gets his big body down and has an incredibly quick first step off the ball. He is a very strong player with his arms and hands. He has a mean streak but it is only on the field. Off the field he is one of the nicer and more personable prospects to talk with. He has listed a top 10 and Oklahoma State did not make it but he likes Eric Henderson and has been to Oklahoma State and was impressed. He could easily end up with OSU back in contention. LSU is the favorite.

Nate Craig-Myers, WR, 6-2, 207
Tampa (Catholic), Fla. - Team Alpha Pro
Craig-Myers was a real surprise for me when Oklahoma State offered but he is taking a legitimate look at Oklahoma State and the former Cowboy that might have piqued his curiosity for the Cowboys is Dallas Cowboys All-Pro Dez Bryant. Craig-Myers has that kind of build and he should be fun to watch in Oregon.

Devin Duvernay, WR, 5-11, 193
Sachse, Texas - Team Mach Speed
Duvernay was a very early Oklahoma State offer and continues to consider the Cowboys. He has a twin brother that plays on the defensive side of the ball and the school that puts the love down on both may have the best chance to land them. He has speed and excellent vertical ability to go up and get the football.

Dontavious Jackson, LB, 6-2, 248
Alief (Elsik), Texas - Team Super Bad
Jackson (pictured above) would be the best finish to the Cowboys linebacker class in the class of 2016. He was offered way back in the summer of 2014 as OSU defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer must have spotted him early. OSU has recruited that school and area hard. He is big, very much a MLB prospect, but he has 4.6 speed. He looks like a run stopper, but he plays a mean 7-on-7.


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