When you are bumping the scholarship limits at your school what can you do? You can double down on walk-ons and Oklahoma State is doing that.
We told earlier in the recruiting calendar how assistant coordinator of recruiting Mike Groce was going wild on preferred walk-ons and it continues. It continued so much so that our site today got a post from a fan that thought a Twitter message from Cowboys running back recruit Justice Hill was a possible issue when James Lewis of Tulsa Memorial tweeted his promise to be a recruited walk-on for the Cowboys.
The 6-0, 195-pound speedy Lewis is a 4.66 in the forty and a strong prospect at outside linebacker.
Of course, the cavalcade of preferred walk-ons started with the Smith twins (Zach and Cade) from Pleasanton, Texas. Nyc Burns is only another season of starting experience away from exploding into a major Division I quarterback prospect and he is turning down offers to walk on at OSU.
"OSU has everything I want in a school and a football program," Burns told us on his visit earlier in January.
Now the Cowboys may be on the cusp of getting a pair of talented defensive tackles from Prestonwood Christian in the DFW Matroplex.
"Oklahoma State, Navy, and Army are my final three," 6-1, 295-pound Will Jones said Thursday night. "I'm going to visit Navy this weekend, but I am looking at all three. I want to major in business management."
Jones is explosive off the ball, strong (345-pound bench press and can squat 225 pounds 50 times), and he has a very physical tackle profile that looks like he has some wrestling experience but he doesn't.
"I could have had a lot more sacks this season if I was tackling a little more conservative," he said. "I had 16 sacks as it was."
His highlights are worth a look. He is teammates with the son of former Oklahoma State tight end Marcellus Rivers in defensive tackle Tyreece Rivers. We saw Tyreece this summer at camp and thought he was impressive. He went on to have a good season and he is also looking at Oklahoma State as a football destination despite some offers from smaller schools.
The preferred walk-on program is going to yield some very important players and it looks like a very handy situation that is taking off within the Oklahoma State program.