There were 176 players hoping to grab the attention of the Oklahoma State football staff on Saturday afternoon inside the Sherman Smith Training Center as the Cowboys hosted their final mini-camp of the summer before fall camp opens for the current Cowboys on Monday with the first practice on Tuesday.
It was a larger than expected turnout and there were some surprises, some players that turned the head of the Oklahoma State staff. The camp was heavily influenced by the sons of former players at both Oklahoma State and OU. There were some breakout players and one really busted some numbers off the chart and may have garnered an offer with the Cowboys looking for at least one more wide receiver in the 2017 class.
Shamond Greenwood was the bust-out player of the day. It's not like the 6-3, 206-pound wide receiver prospect from Garland (Lakeview Centennial), Texas isn't on the map.
"I was at Mississippi State last week and they offered," Greenwood said. "It does feel good to get the coaches attention and know that they are looking at you."
They were too as he got some attention and some one-on-one time during the camp with receivers coach Kasey Dunn and after the camp with offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich.
Greenwood ran a 4.51 in the forty, excellent for his size, and he had a 10-foot, 5-inch broad jump and clocked 4.38 in the 5-10-5 shuttle. He has offers from Iowa, Mississippi State, Illinois, Kansas, Nevada, New Mexico, San Diego State, SMU, UTSA, Utah, Utah State, and Wisconsin.
The receivers group was the largest, which is common at camps these days. There were 36 in the group on Saturday including Cypress Springs junior standout Taye Barber, Tre'Von Bradley of Cleburne, who ran a 4.44 in the forty, Tulsa Union's Kyre Richardson, and Del City's Cecil Cole III.
Another interesting 2017 prospect was Derby, Kansas receiver Kenyon Tabor. The 6-2, 202-pound Tabor actually went with the Cowboy backs. He is a very good athlete and could grow into a Cowboy back-type player. His mom told me he has offers from Kansas and Kansas State along with interest from schools like Iowa, Nebraska, and Michigan. He may decide as soon as this coming week.
Getting back to the connections with former Cowboys and Sooners. Prestonwood Academy quarterback M.J. Rivers is a 2018 prospect that is 6-3, 216 pounds and the son of former Cowboy tight end Marcellus Rivers. He continues to look better and better every time we see him. Iowa State has offered him and Oklahoma State, OU, Florida State, and Oregon have shown interest.
Cameron Jones of Norman North is a 2018 running back prospect at 5-9, 190 pounds and the son of former two-time All-Big 12 OU lineman Cedric Jones.
Former Cowboy All-American running back Ernest Anderson is the father of 2018 Beaumont Central defensive line prospect James Anderson. The younger Anderson is a 5-11, 231-pound defensive end that ran a 4.95 in the forty.
Former OU standout and Ponca City native Tink Collins has a really good looking son in Southmoore defensive back Doug Collins. The younger Collins is almost 6-0, 188 pounds and a 2018 prospect.
Former Oklahoma State linebacker Kenyatta Wright didn't have a son there but Wright is now coaching at Fort Gibson and he had a talented 2018 linebacker prospect in Samuel Sanchez, who is 5-11 and 204 pounds and ran a 4.74 in the forty and a 4.24 in the 5-10-5 shuttle. He also brought a 2018 safety in 5-11, 180-pound Devan Murray.
At quarterback there were some notable prospects performing. In addition to Rivers, 2018 prospect Tanner Tanner Mordecai of Waco Midway in Texas made his way to the camp. The 6-1, 204-pound Mordecai threw for two touchdowns and was productive in relief as a sophomore. He will be the guy this season and has offers from Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Houston, SMU, and North Texas.
Another 2018 prospect that stood out was Jace Ruder of Norton, Kansas. The 6-2, 203-pound Ruder has offers from Bowling Green, Kansas State, Ohio, and Toledo.
Besides Cameron Jones and 2018 John Marshall prospect Devonte Lee at running back, one of my favorites was Kameron Session out of Mansfield Legacy. He measured 5-5, 176 pounds and ran a 4.5. He is small, but a really good player.
We'll report on the linemen and the rest of the defensive prospects on Sunday. It was a good camp with a lot of talented prospects making their way to Stillwater.