As they have for the past several years, the Oklahoma State Cowboys pushed their recruiting efforts for 2017 before the current recruiting class is signed and finished. Speeding up the timetable is necessary in this day and age of recruiting.
Head coach Mike Gundy and the Oklahoma State staff had its major weekend of recruiting visits for 2016 last weekend and this weekend they spent Sunday with over 80 primarily juniors and a few sophomores, even several 2016 prospects that are looking to be added to the preferred walk-on list for the incoming class.
The attendees were primarily from Oklahoma and Texas but there were a few from Kansas, Arkansas, Louisiana, and even a standout from Georgia.
Tyler Fanninof Mill Creek High School in Hoschton, Ga., is a 6-3, 290-pound offensive lineman who has already drawn recruiting attention from OSU, Georgia, Kansas State, East Carolina, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt. He would get the farthest from home award.
It is also a way out to Lubbock, Texas, and that is where the Pokes only 2017 commitment is from in Ty Thomas out of Cooper High School. The 5-11, 195-pound hard-hitting safety is the son of Bart Thomas and the nephew of Texas Tech linebacker great and NFL standout Zach Thomas. Thomas is also an outstanding student.
Checking the junior day attendees by position, quarterbacks included Collinsville, Okla., starter Seth Boomer (6-3, 190), who led the Cardinals to the Class 5A state championship game.
Other quarterback were Ty Brock (6-3, 180) of College Station, Texas; @Jarret Doege (6-2, 188) of Lubbock (Cooper), Texas; Mitchell Jonke (6-0, 180) of Allen, Texas; Kishawn Kelley (6-2, 202) of Corsicana, Texas; @Peyton Mansell (6-1, 179) of Belton, Texas; Taylor Powell (6-2, 195) of Fayetteville, Ark., and Miklo Smalls (6-2, 211) of Plano (East), Texas.
Abram Smith is a 6-0, 186-pound all-around running back from Abilene, Texas, and he was joined by Dom Williams (5-10, 176) of Parish Episcopal School of Dallas; Kennedy Brooks (5-11, 190) of Mansfield, Texas; Tre Curry (5-11, 190) of Lawton, Okla., and C.J. Jones (5-9, 175) of Cypress Springs, Texas.
There were some pretty well regarded wide receivers touring the Cowboys facilities and hanging out in the West End Zone, including Derby, Kansas standout Kai Lemons (6-0, 180), who has 4.5 speed and has attracted recruiting attention from Kansas State, Arkansas, Oklahoma State, and Tulsa.
Other receivers were DeSoto, Texas speedster K.D. Nixon (5-8, 170), Lemons’ teammate at Derby, @Kenyon Tabor (6-4, 212); Shawnee’s @Tyree York (5-10, 155); @Saiid Adebo (6-1, 177) of Mansfield, Texas; Maleek Barkley (5-11, 172) of Austin (Lake Travis), Texas, and Gavin Holmes (5-11, 175) of Justin (Northwest), Texas.
Frequent unofficial visitor from this past fall, Ada’s tight end Vaughn Appleman was in Stillwater along with current Cowboys Cowboy back Blake Jarwin’s younger brother, @Garrett Jarwin (6-4, 220). Oklahoma State has already offered a scholarship to Jenks’ tight end Reese Leitao (6-3, 210).
Other offensive linemen besides Fannin included Dante Bivens (6-3, 295) from Klein Collins High School in Texas; Justin Dutton (6-4, 285) of Guthrie, Okla.; Edmond Memorial’s Grant Hill (6-3, 270); Matthew Huhn (6-7, 270) of San Antonio (John Jay), Texas; @Brenden James (6-5, 250) of Lake Travis; Casey Verhulst (6-6, 285) from Plano (East), Texas, and Bailey Wilhite (6-4, 300) of Rowlett, Texas.
Defensive end Angel Dominguez of St. Thomas Aquinas in Overland Park, Kan., is a strong prospect at 6-3 and 250 pounds. Brendon Evers, a defensive tackle from Bixby at 6-2, 280, is one of the better prospects up front in Oklahoma.
From Texas there were several other defensive linemen worth mentioning, including Nelson Mbanasor (6-3, 248), a defensive end from Plugerville Hendrickson High School; Spencer Misko (6-5, 280) from Keller, Texas; Jayden Peevy (6-5, 270) from Houston Bellaire High School; D'Torian Smith (6-2, 221) from Tatum, Texas, and defensive tackle Caleb Thomas (6-1, 285) from Mansfield.
Linebacker may have been paced by an Oklahoma prospect in Cade Mashburn of Norman North. The 6-2, 210-pounder has good speed and is well regarded as a hitter and playmaker. Other linebackers in attendance included Mohammed Sanogo (6-2, 230) from Plano (West), Texas; Caden McDonald (6-2, 202) of Justin Northwest High School in Texas, and Riko Jeffers (6-1, 225) of Sachse, Texas.
In the secondary, the Cowboys played host to Oklahoma standout Justin Broiles (6-0, 170) of Oklahoma City John Marshall. Broiles has seen schools like Miami (Fla.) and Nebraska visit him at school.
Others in the secondary for the Junior Day included Jenks' Jordan Curtis (6-1, 175); Midwest City Bomber safety Evan Fields (5-11, 165); Bishop McGuinness corrnerback Rubell Goe (6-2, 180); Matt Hankins (5-11, 161) of Flower Mound (Marcus), Texas; Tulsa Edison safety Marcus Mays (6-1, 170); Tulsa Booker T. Washington safety Kendall Sweet (5-10, 182), and cornerback Chris Wilson (6-1, 180) out of Dickinson, Texas.
The players and their parents or siblings that made the trip to Stillwater had the chance to tour facilities and sit in on presentations from Cowboys head coach Mike Gundy, visit with academic counselors, strength and conditioning staff chief Rob Glass, and OSU NCAA compliance officials, and also participate in a question-and-answer session with current Cowboys. Junior Day is designed to be informational and entertaining.