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Linemen, Defenders Shined At OSU Mini-Camp

Some big line prospects, including Chris Elam form Kingwood, Texas and Nigel Brannon from Oklahoma City John Marshall, were among those attracting attention at OSU's final mini-camp of the summer.

As mentioned in our story on Saturday, Oklahoma State football held its final summer mini-camp and had 176 attendees. there was actually more talent than I had anticipated and some of it came courtesy of former players at Oklahoma State and a few from Oklahoma too. We went over most of the skill players, including Shamond Greenwood, who came in and tested off the charts for his 6-3, 206-pound size at wide receiver. 

On the offensive line, most of the top talent in-state and out were in early for the first mini-camp and some came to the Cowboys Down and Dirty Linemen Camp in June. One repeat customer was 2018 prospect Chris Elam out of Kingwood, Texas. The 6-4, 317-pound Elam seemed to move better than he did earlier this summer and he showed in drills that he was more polished and took the coaching well.

Oklahoma City John Marshall has another big offensive lineman in the mode of Tramonda Moore, who signed with Oklahoma State but is going to have to attend junior college. Nigel Brannon (pictured above) is 6-5 and already 339 pounds, but he ran well, a 5.4 in the forty and had a 5.19 in the 5-10-5 agility drill. He is athletic enough that John Marshall head coach Rashaun Woods uses him as a nose tackle too. He is also a 2018 prospect. 

On the defensive line there were four players that we thought stood out, two are 2017 prospects and two are in the 2018 class. In the senior class for this coming season is Owasso's Ethan Garner. The 6-4, 261-pounder plays some tight end for the Rams and is kind of a tweener prospect on the defensive line as a possible tackle or an end. Michael Nash is a 5-11.25 and 289-pound inside technique player. He is a very active player that had 40 tackles and three sacks last season and has an offer from Lamar.

The 2018 prospects include Beaumont Central defensive end James Anderson, son of former Oklahoma State All-American running back Ernest Anderson. The other is Tulsa Union defensive tackle Kelly Jordan. Jordan is 6-3.25 and 289 pounds and is a load to deal with. 

Both of the linebackers that I had my eye on were 2018 prospects. We detailed Fort Gibson's Samuel Sanchez, who is coached by former Cowboy and NFL linebacker Kenyatta Wright. The other is Tyler Jackson of DeSoto, Texas. Jackson is 5-11.25, 210 pounds and runs well. There are no offers yet, but he is starting to get attention and his academics are strong.

We detailed former OU Sooner Tink Collins' son, Doug Collins, a 6-0, 188-pound safety and maybe a big corner. Marcus MaysMays is a 2017 corner out of Tulsa Edison. The 5-11.25, 174-pound Mays is a two-time Vype Top 100 player and last season had 44 tackles and two interceptions for the Eagles. 

This camp from the last weekend before fall camp starts could be the camp that keeps on giving because almost half of the 176 players were underclassmen as there were 80 members of the 2018 class, three members of the 2019 class (two of those quarterbacks) and one 2020 class member, a Cowboy back prospect.


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