Head Coach Mike Gundy and his staff are recruiting fifth-year seniors this weekend and Go Pokes is in Texas to check out the best in the region in 2018, 2019, and even some 2020 standouts at Nike's The Opening Regional.
We can confirm that Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy and his staff are busy this weekend entertaining two difference makers as fifth-year graduate transfers in Cal-Berkeley offensive tackle Aaron Cochran and Clemson cornerback Adrian Baker. Those two had breakfast with Gundy and staff out at the head coach's home. They will be at the Oklahoma State-Kansas basketball game. It would be excellent to get the 6-8, 350 pound Cochran and the 5-11, 180 pound Baker committed to coming to Stillwater starting this summer. Both would be in position to help immediately. We'll keep an eye on those guys as the weekend continues.
Down here in Frisco as I type this I'm watching Arizona and Oklahoma State taking infield on the diamond preparing for the second game of the Frisco College Baseball Classic in a fantastic facility in the Dr. Pepper Ballpark. Tomorrow, I will be at another first class facility in Frisco, the new practice home of the Dallas Cowboys and a 12,000 seat indoor high school football facility that Texas Tech will actually come to Dallas and use for their upcoming spring football game in April. The event at The Ford Center at The Star is the 2017 Dallas Regional for Nike's The Opening. There are 441 prospects registered for the event that is fairly exclusive and has the best of the best in this area, including Oklahoma coming to the event. The goal is to impress the Nike football staff and for the quarterbacks to impress the Elite 11 staff and earn a trip to either The Opening in Beaverton, Ore., this summer or the Elite 11 Semifinal Event later this spring.
There will be a staff in the double digits for Scout and they will be hitting as many prospects as possible. We will be focused on the high school standouts, both 2018 and some younger, that we know Oklahoma State has either offered or is strongly considering. We will miss some, but we have a big list. Here are the players we will be working to interview, eyeball, and get action video of during the event on Sunday. He won't be competing, but we expect to see Denton Ryan quarterback Spencer Sanders, who is committed to the Cowboys and is rehabbing a knee injury. He is one of the top prospects at that position in the country.
Chance Amie, Tyler (Lee), Texas - Amie is a standout dual threat player that Oklahoma State has offered and they are one of his seven offers. He is talented enough to play other places.
Grant Tisdale, Allen, Texas - One of the top 2019 prospects.
Roschon Johnson, Port Neches Grove, Texas - Another highly regarded 2019 prospect.
Jakson Thomson, Dallas (Lake Highlands), Texas - Yet another strong prospect for 2019.
Keaontay Ingram, Carthage, Texas - He rushed for over 2,200-yards and 31 touchdowns. He is a 5-11, 190 pounder that is really outstanding, has all the tools.
C.J. Moore, Tulsa (Union), Okla. - One of the Cowboys top targets at WR, he is 6-5, 175 pounds.
Miles Battle, Houston (Cypress Creek), Texas - Another big target at 6-4, 188 pounds that has 23 offers and caught 74 passes for 1,050-yards and 14 touchdowns.
Nic McTear, Colleyville (Heritage), Texas - Committed to the Pokes, so we have to get him.
Hunter Anthony, Tuttle, Okla. - Just committed to the Pokes so we may try to talk to him first.
Nigel Brannon, Oklahoma City (Marshall), Okla. - His recruiting is picking up steam.
Bryce Bray, Bixby, Okla. - Big tackle prospect and Cowboys have offered.
Trey Stratford, Allen, Texas - Nearby Allen is a powerhouse.
Rafiti Ghirmai, Frisco (Wakeland), Texas - One of the best offensive line prospects in this area.
Hunter Lotulelei, Highland, Utah - I'm checking him out based on family connections.
Darrell Simpson, Justin (Northwest), Texas - Huge lineman that is really athletic and talented.
Jalen Redmond, Midwest City, Okla. - Recruited off the basketball court and was outstanding this season.
Ron Tatum III, Putnam City, Okla. - Oklahoma State has offered and early.
Ochaun Mathis, Manor, Texas
Izaih Filikitonga, Euless (Trinity), Texas
Marcus Hicks, Wichita (Northwest), Kansas - He is a 2019 prospect.
Moro Ojomo, Katy, Texas - He is one of the most highly regarded prospects in Texas.
Jordan Kelley, Tulsa (Union), Okla. - Had a tremendous junior season.
Israel Antwine, Oklahoma City (Millwood), Okla. - A personal choice, I really like Antwine.
Byron Hobbs, Fort Worth (Eastern Hills), Texas - Offered at Jr. Day in Stillwater, he is really athletic.
Blake Barron, Rockwall, Texas - He is pledged to the Cowboys, second overall commitment of the class.
Doug Collins, Moore (Southmoore), Okla. - The son of former OU receiver Tink Collins.
Daxton Hill, Tulsa (Booker T. Washington), Okla. - The younger brother of Cowboys RB Justice, a 2019 prospect.
Trent Gordon, Manvel, Texas - Recent offer of the Cowboys.
Kolby Peel, College Station (A&M Consolidated), Texas
Josh Proctor, Owasso, Okla. - One-half of a strong secondary connection for the Rams.
R.J. Mickens, Southlake (Carroll), Texas - He is a 2020 sensation that schools, including OSU, are offering.
Verone McKinley III, Lewisville (Hebron), Texas
Wayne Jones, Owasso, Okla. - The other half to the Rams mighty secondary.
Patrick Fields, Tulsa (Union), Okla. - One of the top prospects in Oklahoma along with the Owasso duo.
DeMarvion Overshown, Arp, Texas
Gemon Green, DeSoto, Texas - A really talented corner prospect.
German Green, DeSoto, Texas - Another really talented corner prospect, yes they are brothers.
B.J. Hanspard, Jr., DeSoto, Texas - The son of former Texas Tech standout Byron Hanspard.
Jeremiah Lewis, Plano (Prestonwood Christian), Texas