Cowboys Pleased With Recruiting Weekend

Oklahoma State's coaching staff has to be pleased after hosting this weekend quarterback prospect Keondre Wudtee and a number of players who are already committed to the Cowboys.

Oklahoma State's major recruiting weekend is over and the last to depart were offensive lineman Matt Kegel of Chaska, Minn., and linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, as both were booked on the same flight on Delta heading to Minneapolis, Minn., where Kegel will drive home and Amen will catch a connecting flight north of the border. 

We spoke to both of those young men and several others that took our invitation to stop by downtown Stillwater and speak with us about their visit and their recruitment.

As far as we can tell the players committed are all firmly committed. There were 13 of them in Stillwater this weekend: Lancaster, Texas wide receiver/athlete Tyrell Alexander; Desoto, Texas running back La'Darren Brown, Oklahoma All-State offensive lineman Tyler Brown of Lexington, Okla.; Desoto, Texas cornerback A.J. Green; Knoxville, Tenn., linebacker Devin Harper; Tulsa All-State running back Justice Hill; big offensive tackle Teven Jenkins of Topeka, Kan.; Minnesota offensive guard Matt Kegel; Shepherd, Texas defensive lineman Jonathan Marshall; Canadian linebacker and Emmanuel Ogbah's cousin Ogbongbemiga; Jenks standout Dillon Stoner; Shreveport (Calvary Baptist), La., cornerback Rodarius Williams, and Coppell, Texas offensive lineman Dylan Galloway

We spoke to Shane Richards, who said he definitely sees himself at Oklahoma State. But the New Mexico Military J.C. lineman that is 6-7, 320 pounds is going to visit Buffalo next weekend (Richards is from Canada) and Louisville the next weekend. He said that UCLA and Illinois are trying to jump in the picture.

"If nothing changes then I will be at Oklahoma State," he said. "It was impressive."

Obviously, quarterback is a priority for the Cowboys and Bossier City (Parkway), La., standout Keondre Wudtee made an official visit this weekend and was pictured with Gundy and a lot of other fellow recruits wearing Oklahoma State clothing. One parent told us that Wudtee's parents bought t-shirts, hooded sweatshirts, and more at the OSU bookstore.

That has to be a good sign, but Wudtee is scheduled to visit TCU next weekend as the Horned Frogs offered one day after Oklahoma State and he is also possible for a visit to Missouri or his original school he committed to in Louisiana Tech. 

It really appears that Gundy and offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich are very much in agreement on Wudtee and some of the things that his high school coach at Parkway, David Feaster said to the Tulsa World's Bill Haisten would be why.

"I first saw (Wudtee) in eighth grade," Feaster recalled. "I texted all of my coaches and said, 'Wow. We’ve got a guy coming who is really special.' We saw him coming from a long way off, and we knew he was going to be pretty talented. I look at a lot of guys in eighth and ninth grade and see potential. A lot of them don’t pan out. It’s not enough just to be tall and a gunslinger. There’s a lot of stuff they have to do right (in regard to skills development). We obviously watched (Wudtee) develop.

"When you do the right things, there are opportunities. Wudtee has the height. A lot of quarterbacks do everything right, but they don’t have the height. At some point, he caught sight of the possibilities at the next level. That’s why he’s getting these opportunities now. And beyond that, he’s a qualifier (academically). He’s a great guy. You’re going to like him. Everybody likes him."

The two standout receivers that visited this weekend from Texas were Ade Omotosho from Plano and highly regarded Quartney Davis of Houston Langham Creek. Both were said to be very impressed and interested. 

Also, in for visits this weekend a pair of very talented Oklahoma City-area players in Edmond Santa Fe star linebacker prospect Calvin Bundage and big John Marshall High School U.S. Army All-American Tramonda Moore.

A bonus to the weekend were the visits made by preferred walk-ons in Zach and Cade Smith, two twins that play linebacker from Pleasanton, Texas and Berryhill quarterback Nyc Burns out of Oklahoma. The 6-5 Burns is a good looking athlete who is likely hurt because he didn't start at quarterback at Berryhill until this season, but he has some scholarship offers and is a very legit and talented prospect. He says for right now he is planning on bringing his talents to Stillwater. 

The critical aspects left of the recruiting process for OSU are definitely getting their quarterback in the class, balancing the scholarships left to fit needs, and getting Gundy around to all the committed players and the players left on the board for his home visits. That can always be a little tricky with weather this time of year.

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