The Oklahoma State football coaching staff will be coming in off the road and evaluations this week as they get ready for graduation and some family time over the weekend. There will be 22 Oklahoma State football players that will walk the stage and get their degrees, some of them are seniors in football but others are younger. Off that count may be some older former players that have come back to finish degrees. Wide receiver coach Kasey Dunn showed his pride this week on Twitter with his mention of Chris Lacy getting his engineering degree.
Running backs coach Marcus Arroyo posted on Twitter this week he is looking for the rare breed to come in and play running back at Oklahoma State, and his Twitter message spotlighted the definition of rare. Maybe running back J.D. King out of Fitzgerald, Ga., is that rare breed of a player. He and his family fly in today (Thursday) to visit Stillwater and the Oklahoma State campus.
We'll follow how that visit goes the 5-11, 205-pound King gets shown around on the unofficial visit. Last season he rushed for 1,185 yards and 14 touchdowns on 132 carries. He averaged 9.0 yards a carry. He also caught two passes for 72 yards. As a sophomore, he rushed for 1,559 yards and 15 touchdowns on 214 carries. He is a producer, that's for sure.
Speaking of producing, defensive line coach Joe Bob Clements has done that in recruiting and he is winding up a tour of the junior colleges in Kansas, NEO A&M in Oklahoma, and many in Texas. He was active in following Emmanuel Ogbah, who probably was picked by Cleveland with the first pick in the second round of the NFL Draft because he is a producer.
One defensive tackle prospect Clements and the Cowboys have their eyes on is Isaiah Johnson of NEO, a 6-4, 295-pound defensive tackle out of Warner Robbins (Northside), Ga.
Safeties coach Dan Hammerschmidt has been hanging in Central Texas. In fact, he stuck around last weekend to catch some Oklahoma State baseball as the Cowboys swept Texas.
The most publicized traveler among the Oklahoma State coaches in the evaluation period is Cowboy Backs coach Jason McEndoo. This week McEndoo has been to East Texas and shown up in Ennis where he may have been checking out offensive lineman Trendon Rolen (6-4, 300). He has also been in Corsicana and Midloathian and tried the barbeque at Woody's with the massive six-shooter pistol shaped smoker out front.
The road beckons again next week as the Oklahoma State staff will hit it again for the next three weeks or so.