Oklahoma State wide receivers coach Kasey Dunn said he likes his wide receivers room as it is a room in transition with veteran stalwarts like James Washington, who may be the top receiver in the Big 12, and Marcell Ateman, who Dunn said really picked up his game late last season, in the spring, and according to players on the field this summer that has continued.
There is Jhajuan Seales, who if he can stay out of trouble off the field, could really have a dynamite season. Jalen McCleskey is a speedster who could be a big play waiting to happen every game from the inside receiver position.
"We have talent but we aren't quite as deep as we have been," Dunn said. "That is why I really expect that those two are going to have to play."
Those two are the scholarship receivers in the freshman class in Tyrell Alexander of Lancaster, Texas and Oklahoma High School Player of the Year Dillon Stoner from Class 6A Division I state champion Jenks. Actually, Stoner knows nothing in his high school career except state championship with Jenks winning four in a row.
Stoner reported to Oklahoma State this summer in great shape and has impressed the strength and conditioning staff. He is 6-0, 185 pounds and runs well and has explosive ability. He is already moving into the conditioning drills with the upperclassmen and Dunn said he would begin running the Friday stadium steps with the older receivers this week. Freshman are transitioned into the groups with the upperclassmen as they are deemed ready to roll with the older players.
Stoner has good hands and has shown that in the twice weekly metabolic workouts. At Jenks, he played on offense, defense, and special teams and was compared by his high school coach Allan Trimble to former Jenks and OU standout Rocky Calmus in his overall ability to contribute as a football player. He scored 10 touchdowns on 36 receptions as a senior on offense. He was the punter, the holder on placements, and was sensational as both a punt and kickoff returner.
On defense, he was moved all over the field to best fit the offense they were playing against. He also won the state championship in the 400 meters in track as a junior.
I've seen him make catches on virtually every ball thrown to him in the workouts that I have watched.
Alexander is bigger at 6-1 and 180 pounds. He is also a very explosive athlete that looks the part in every way. He is another that has gained credits from the strength and conditioning staff for coming to campus ready to compete. Last season as a senior, he had 592 all-purpose yards and scored seven touchdowns. As a junior, he exploded for 1,147 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns on 158 carries. He also passed for 719 yards and seven touchdowns playing quarterback.
Alexander is a talented all-around athlete who will only improve rapidly in focusing on playing receiver.
Kasey Dunn said he can't wait for August to roll around so he can start throwing to the pups and putting them through practices and finding out how they do stack up with the older receivers when it comes time to play football.