Cowboys Big Recruiting Weekend

Oklahoma State is hosting its largest recruiting weekend of the year, and hopes to find a quarterback in the process.

I'm not saying that there won't be a key visitor the final two weekend of the recruiting season but the numbers tell you there won't be anything close to what is going on in the West End Zone and on the Oklahoma State campus this weekend as 21 official visitors are set and arriving on Friday and will be engaged in activities throughout the weekend before departing on Sunday.

Along with the official visitors there are players that are heading to Oklahoma State as preferred walk-ons that are making the trip and playing their expenses so as to see the football program, meet the coaches and staff, and most important, meet their new teammates. It is a massive weekend of recruiting and bonding for the future with 13 of the visitors already committed to Oklahoma State and the Cowboys looking to pick up a few more to fill out a class that while not celebrated in the rankings of the recruiting gurus has been called repeatedly by the head coach a very good recruiting class. 

The de-commitment of Nick Starkel, a talented quarterback out of Liberty Christian in Argyle, Texas, has left Oklahoma State looking for the quarterback in the class and they may have latched on to a really good one. Keondre Wudtee out of Bossier City (Parkway), La., is a two-time honorable mention All-State honoree and this past season threw Parkway into the playoffs as a legitimate threat and finished with 3,466 yards and 34 touchdowns passing.

He is also excellent with his legs and can turn a play that looks like it is going nowhere into a big gainer. At 6-4 and now reportedly 205 pounds he is what coaches are seeking. TCU and Missouri have both offered, and there is speculation that the interest is causing LSU to re-think its position on recruiting Wudtee.

Oklahoma State is recruiting others but Wudtee looks like the top target of Mike Yurcich and Mike Gundy. 

There are four offensive line commitments visiting Stillwater this weekend and that includes Teven Jenkins, out of Topeka, Kan.; Dylan Galloway, out of Coppell, Texas; Minnesota standout Matt Kegel, and Oklahoma product and recent Semper Fi All-American starter Tyler Brown.

A fifth member of the offensive line class is already checked into school in Hutchinson C.C. (Kan.) and former East Carolina offensive tackle Larry Williams, and a sixth could be added as huge 6-7, 320-pound Canadian and New Mexico Military C.C. lineman Shane Richards will be visiting. Richards will graduate in the spring and could check in this summer with the freshman but still give the Cowboys another older and more mature option in the competition on the offensive line. A critical area to improve for next season. 

Some interesting areas to watch and see what develops over the weekend would be Edmond Santa Fe, Okla., safety and potential star linebacker Calvin Bundage. Glenn Spencer isn't going anywhere after not taking the UTSA head coach position and he has recruited aggressively Bundage as the Oklahoma All-Stater is a natural for the "star" position. Does that situation wrap up this weekend with the official visit?

It is interesting to see what will happen with two talented wide receivers visiting this weekend. The Cowboys already have speedy Tyrell Alexander of Lancaster, Texas and Jenks all-around standout Dillon Stoner committed and they both visit this weekend. But Ade Omotosho of Plano (East), Texas and Quartney Davis of Houston (Langham Creek), Texas are both really talented players that could be nice additions. That could come down to managing the scholarship numbers. 

It's a big weekend for corners as is this class with DeSoto, Texas standout A.J. Green and Rodarius Williams of Shreveport (Calvary Baptist), La., both visiting. Oklahoma State already has Madre Harper in school and junior college product Malik Kearse on the way. It just so happens that Rodarius' brother Andraez, who is a cornerback committed to LSU, is also visiting this weekend. Could something change there?

The twin brothers Zach and Cade Smith of Pleasanton, Texas head the several preferred walk-ons participating in the weekend. That is something new but the enthusiasm of the Smiths, both talented and perhaps overlooked prospects, is a tangible advantage to the weekend. I predict that will have a positive impact overall. 

The recruiting class could be finished but there is still the possibility of adding another running back in the class. Both committed running backs Justice Hill of Tulsa's Booker T. Washington, who rushed for close to 2,000 yards and 32 touchdowns, and La'Darren Brown of DeSoto, who earned 1st-tem all-district honors this season, are visiting. That duo is good, but Oklahoma State is finding the need to have more running backs so as to not get caught in a bind caused by injury or lack of production. The word is they have interest in Tulsa McLain standout dual threat quarterback Joshua Jacobs, who is a running back prospect for the next level.      

Here is a complete list of the players we believe are attending the visit weekend:
All listed alphabetically
* Verbal commitment to OSU
# Preferred walk-on

*Tyrell Alexander, WR/Ath., 6-1 ½, 175, Lancaster, Texas
*La’Darren Brown, RB, 5-10, 180, Desoto, Texas
*Tyler Brown, OL, 6-6, 320, Lexington, Okla.
Calvin Bundage, DB/Star, 6-3, 200, Edmond (Santa Fe), Okla. 
#Nyc Burns, QB, 6-5, 185, Tulsa (Berryhill), Okla. 
Quartney Davis, WR, 6-1, 181, Houston (Langham Creek), Texas
*Dylan Galloway, OL, 6-5, 285, Coppell, Texas 
*A.J. Green, CB, 6-1, 170, Desoto, Texas
*Devin Harper, LB/Ath., 6-1, 210, Knoxville (Karns), Tenn.
*Justice Hill, RB, 5-10, 185, Tulsa (Booker T. Washington), Okla.
*Teven Jenkins, OL, 6-6, 300, Topeka, Kansas
*Matthew Kegel, OL, 6-6, 305, Chaska, Minn. 
*Jonathan Marshall, DE, 6-3, 250, Shepherd, Texas 
Kevin Moore, LB, 6-0, 195, Acadiana, La. (Texas Tech commit)
Tramonda Moore, OL, 6-4 1/2, 350, Oklahoma City (John Marshall), Okla.
*Amen Ogbongbemiga, LB, 6-1, 205, Calgary (Notre Dame), Alberta, Canada
Ade Omotosho, WR, 6-3, 180, Plano (East), Texas 
Shane Richards, OL, 6-7, 320, New Mexico Military C.C./Calgary, Alberta, Canada
#Cade Smith, LB, 6-3, 225, Pleasanton, Texas
#Zach Smith, LB/DB, 6-4, 210, Pleasanton, Texas
*Dillon Stoner, WR, 6-1, 185, Jenks, Okla.
Andraez Williams, CB, 6-1, 160, Shreveport )Calvary Baptist), La. (LSU commit)
*Rodarius Williams, CB, 6-0, 171, Shreveport (Calvary Baptist), La.
Keondre Wudtee, QB, 6-4, 200, Bossier City (Parkway), La.

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