Cowboys Recruiting Notebook: Two Enroll Early

Junior college offensive lineman Larry Williams from Hutchinson Community College and high school senior Madre Harper from Arlington Lamar High School are early enrollees and will participate in spring practice.

Early Arrivals for Cowboys: Madre Harper and Larry Williams
By the time the next week or so passes the Oklahoma State Cowboys expect to have three new arrivals for the spring semester but right now it is a pair. Hutchinson Community College and former East Carolina offensive tackle Larry Williams and Arlington Lamar High School cornerback Madre Harper were on campus for the first day of classes on Monday. 

Harper is 6-3, 170 pounds and will really benefit from the winter workouts with Rob Glass and his staff. Harper has length and last season finished with 37 tackles, 24 unassisted, and two interceptions. 

Williams is a player that the staff hopes will immediately challenge for a starting role on the offensive line and help create the beginning of massive competition up and down the offensive line. Williams is a 6-5, 308-pounder that at the start of this past season was closer to 340 pounds and was asked to slim down. He did and he earned first-team NJCAA All-American honors for the Dragons at Hutch. 

The missing newcomer for the spring is Malik Kearse, who is wrapping up some academic work at Fort Scott C.C. and is expected to get that done and be in Stillwater for the second week of the semester. Kearse was a two-year starter at Fort Scott and had a combined 66 tackles with seven pass break-ups this season and two interceptions as a freshman in junior college. He is 6-1, 175 pounds. 

Dead Period Ends Thursday; Blowout Official Visit Weekend Is Next
The dead period for Division I college football recruiting ends on Thursday with the end of the AFCA Convention in San Antonio and the end of the College Football Playoffs with the Alabama-Clemson game. Our research tells us that Oklahoma State coaches will get out on the road on Thursday to get in front of some late recruits. One could be Tulsa McLain athlete and running back prospect Joshua Jacobs. 

Then this weekend the Cowboys will host their blowout recruiting visit weekend as several years ago they went to the major visit weekend strategy. 

Committed players Tyrell Alexander, WR, Lancaster, Texas; La'Darren Brown, RB, Desoto, Texas; Tyler Brown, OG, Lexington, Okla.; Dylan Galloway, OT, Coppell, Texas; A.J. Green, CB, Desoto, Texas; Devin Harper, Ath./LB, Karns, Tenn.; Justice Hill, RB, Tulsa (Booker T. Washington), Okla.; Teven Jenkins, OT, Topeka, Kan.; Matt Kegel, OT, Chaska, Minn.; Jonathan Martin, DE, Shepherd, Texas; Amen Ogbongbemiga, LB, Calgary, Alberta, Canada; Dillon Stoner, DB, Jenks, Okla.; and Rodarius Williams, CB, Shreveport, La., are slated to make their official visits starting on Friday.

Other prospects that we have scheduled to be on official visits to Stillwater include quarterback prospect Keondre Wudtee from Boosier City (Parkway), La. Wudtee is a 6-4, 190-pound dual threat prospect that is really talented.

Junior college offensive tackle in mammoth Shane Richards (6-7, 320) is coming in from New Mexico Military C.C. One of the top prospects in Oklahoma and a longtime Cowboy target for the star linebacker position is Calvin Bundage of Edmond Santa Fe. Also, wide receivers Quartney Davis of Houston Langham Creek High School and Ade Omotosho of Plano East are both expected to visit. Rodarius Williams' brother Andaez, a cornerback out of Calvary Baptist is Shreveport, and another nearby prospect in linebacker Kevin Moore, from Acadiana are also expected to visit.  

Twin brothers Cade and Zach Smith out of Pleasanton, Texas are also expected to show up and go through the visit paying their way as preferred walk-ons. That is amazing loyalty and the two brothers have been very active in communication among the recruits and the prospects for the 2016 Oklahoma State recruiting class. 

The Virtual Reality of Oklahoma State Football
Oklahoma State has taken their football recruiting, like a lot of schools, to virtual reality. After the bowl game when the Cowboys staff returned they were able to put on virtual reality goggles and headphones to check out the virtual reality movie made about Cowboys football that was recorded this fall.

The video takes the viewer like a recruit or a recruit's parents on a tour of the Oklahoma State facilities and then makes them feel like they are running out with the Cowboys in a packed full Boone Pickens Stadium. They come out with the captains for the coin toss, and are even running alongside the Cowboys James Washington on his way to the end zone for a touchdown and then are in the middle of the touchdown celebration. 

The movie was produced by the Mandt Brothers and produced and directed by Emmy Award-winner Neil Mandt. Having watched it, I can tell you it is a powerful recruiting tool. 

OSU Offers Homegrown Tight End for 2017
On the heels of picking up a commitment from 2017 safety Ty Thomas out of Lubbock Cooper High School, the Cowboys have offered Jenks, Okla., tight end Reese Leitao

Thomas is a hard hitter that is the son of former college safety Bart Thomas and is the nephew of former Texas Tech College Football Hall of Fame linebacker and NFL Miami Dolphins linebacker Zach Thomas. 

Leitao is impressive and add his Oklahoma State offer to one from Tulsa. Michigan, Missouri, Northwestern, Notre Dame, and OU are also recruiting Leitao. The 6-4, 230-pounder has the length and vertical leap of 30 inches to get up and out jump defenders on passes. He shows sufficient speed to get open deep and the discipline to run routes and make plays short to move the chains. He is also a relentless blocker that stays locked up well on defenders. 

We also know Oklahoma State has offered Logan Rudolph, a 6-3, 210-pound tight end from Rock Hill (Northwest), S.C., and the younger brother of Mason Rudolph.

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