Pat Kinnison

Oklahoma State Coaches All Out On The Road

Oklahoma State's coaching staff is attempting to see any many players as possible before the dead period starts.

The parking spots for the Cowboys coaching staff outside the West End Zone of Boone Pickens Stadium were empty on Monday. The players are in final exams and the coaching staff is on the road recruiting.

Head coach Mike Gundy was in briefly on Monday morning and then almost as quickly was gone. Most of the visits are to see prospects already committed in the 2017 class as Oklahoma State was only able to make a few stops the week before with the Bedlam game scheduled.

Gundy was in Houston and East Texas on Sunday to see Blinn College safety Corrion Ballard at his home in Houston before Ballard visits officially this coming weekend. LaMarcus Morton, a talented cornerback and wide receiver from Gilmer, was also on the visit list, for both Gundy on Sunday and for an official next weekend. However, the Gundy visit will have to do as Morton and Gilmer play Sweetwater in Waco on Friday night in the Texas Class 4A-2 semifinals.

This is the last weekend to get a visit in before the dead period starts or the quiet period on Sunday night. Morton is a mid-year enrollee along with Forney, Texas star linebacker prospect Brendan Vaughn, who will visit this weekend.

The entire staff is out and you can guess that most of them are getting home or school stops in with the players that are committed at the position they coach, like Cowboys backs coach Jason McEndoo going to see Tyler Henderson from Kyle (Lehman), Texas. 

We know that running backs coach Marcus Arroyo flew out by private jet to Georgia to see running back J.D. King from Fitzgerald, Ga.

Here's is Terry Tush's report on King in the Georgia playoffs last weekend: King ran for 164 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries to lead Fitzgerald to a 42-21 victory over Hapeville Charter in a Georgia Class AA semifinal playoff game. Fitzgerald scored the game’s first 35 points, including a 15-yard touchdown run by King just four plays into the game. King added a 23-yard TD run later in the first half, and also caught a pass for 20 yards. The second-ranked Class 2A Purple Hurricane (13-1) will play No. 1-ranked Benedictine (14-0) in the Georgia Dome next weekend for the state title. Fitzgerald is in its fifth championship game (second in a row) and in position to win its first title since 1948 (Class A). For the season, King has 1,713 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns, and more than 500 yards and nine TDs receiving.

From visiting King, Arroyo will could check on quarterback Jelani Woods. Woods was also a winner last weekend and here is Terry's report on Woods: Woods accounted for three touchdowns (two passing and one running) to help Cedar Grove to a 55-0 victory over Crisp County in a Georgia Class AAA semifinal playoff game. Woods scored on a 4-yard run and also had a touchdown pass in the first quarter as the Saints jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter, and extended it to 41-0 at halftime. Woods was 7-of-9 passing for 121 yards and two touchdowns. The sixth-ranked AAA Saints (12-2) advance to face No. 1-ranked Greater Atlanta Christian (13-1) in the Class AAA state championship game at the Georgia Dome. In the last three weeks, Cedar Grove has gone on the road to defeat three region champs by a combined score of 130-24.

The Cedar Grove signal caller is a mid-year enrollee and has already officially visited Oklahoma State. 

Mike Yurcich is on the road and is seeing possibly Woods and Oklahoma State prospect and offer Myles Brennan in Mississippi. Arroyo likely heads from Georgia up to Canada to see Chuba Hubbard.

It will be a busy week for all the Oklahoma State coaches trying to see as many players as possible before heading back.

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