Ahmard Vital spoke with Manvel, Texas junior defensive back Derrick Turner and found out that the Oklahoma State visor he was wearing had more to do than just his love of the color orange. Between Scout's Gabe Brooks and Annabel Stephan there was news that Southlake Carroll safety and OU legacy Robert Barnes has a sincere interest in Oklahoma State and loves the Cowboys facilities.
Oklahoma State has obviously shown some love toward 2017 recruiting prospects and now it appears as the coaching staff starts regathering to get ready for preseason camp and the 2015 season two highly sought after and well regarded linebacker prospects are likely to be checking out Stillwater one more time before the end of the summer, perhaps as soon as next week.
Draper has seen his recruiting shoot through the roof, especially in the month of June. The 6-2, 230-pound Draper has 4.6 speed in the forty and has been dominant on the field. He is also an outstanding student with a 3.8 GPA and is featured on the cover of the just released Oklahoma Pigskin Preview.
OSU was one of the first schools to offer Draper back in May and he has already been on campus in Stillwater once. He also visited Oklahoma on the day of its spring game. Arizona State offered right on the heels of Oklahoma State on May 27, but California (6/1), Alabama (6/13), Florida State (6/15), Clemson (6/15), Auburn (6/20), OU (6/24), and Houston (6/28) have also offered.
"The trip to Alabama, Florida State, and Auburn was awesome, getting to see those schools, and I was so fortunate to pick up those offers," Draper said. "Since the trip I've really just been working out with my team."
Draper will likely be back on the road traveling again before the end of the summer, including a trip to OSU where he would be spending time with his recruiting coach, defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer.
"I might be going to USC (Southern Cal) and then going back to OU and going to OSU," Draper revealed. "I think we could be making a trip out to Tennessee and Clemson. I'm definitely looking to put these schools in order because this (recruiting) is going to get really crazy Sept. 1 when schools can start calling me instead of just me calling them."
Hines is a Texan that is not just good but the most highly regarded prospect in the country in the 2017 class. The 6-2, 227-pound Hines has a tops 73 scholarship offers including Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State, Oregon, TCU, USC, Arkansas, Clemson, Florida, Michigan, Notre Dame, Nebraska, South Carolina, LSU, UCLA, Virginia Tech, Texas, Tennessee, and Texas A&M.
Hines has been on unofficial visits to Texas and OU. Now he is supposed to make it to Oklahoma State on Monday of next week. Hines, who had 60 tackles last season, has shown interest in Oklahoma State throughout the spring.
It may be 2015 and the 2016 class may have another six months to make a decision, but the 2017 recruiting class is well underway with the process.