Recruiting 2018: Coach Woz Looking for RBs

Oklahoma State coaches are out on the road throughout May for recruiting evaluations. It has becomes easier to track the movements of Cowboy coaches with Twitter. Running backs coach John Wozniak is down in Georgia, at least to start this week.

Last Friday, May 5 and Cinco de Mayo, while you were thinking which of your favorite Mexican cuisine restaurants you were going to hit up for lunch or dinner, Oklahoma State running backs coach John Wozniak was south of the border. Not in Mexico, but south of that border between Oklahoma and Texas as in the Red River and in East Texas as he tweeted out a picture of a local Mexican restaurant and sent "Happy Cinco de Mayo from Carthage, TX! Carthage is the home of one of Oklahoma State's top running back prospects in Keontay Ingram. Anyway to put the heads up on Twitter legally and that is the way coaches can be traced these days. 

New offensive line coach Josh Henson is collecting offensive line commitments at a very steady pace with four in the class already. It is only logical for Wozniak to find some running backs for them to block for. The 6-1, 187 pound Ingram was offered very early by the Cowboys and told us he likes Oklahoma State a lot, but since OSU showed the love here comes Arkansas, Baylor, Colorado, Florida State, Houston, LSU, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, OU, Oregon, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, UCLA, USC, and at least 10 other schools. 

Ingram has monster numbers in leading Carthage to a championship last season with 320 carries for 2,225-yards and 31 touchdowns. He caught 46 passes for 475-yards and two touchdowns. 

Today, Wozniak was in Georgia. We knew that but he confirmed with a Twitter post saying he was in Georgia and saw a great one, make it three. 

Wozniak was at Fitzgerald, Ga., and saw Cowboy running back signee J.D. King but he also saw Fitzgerald's run/pass quarterback James Graham, who the Cowboys like as a running back prospect. Graham has a lot of offers including Michigan, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi State, and Central Florida in addition to Oklahoma State. Graham is 6-1, 180 pounds, good size for a running back. 

Monday afternoon, Wozniak was in Buford, Ga., at Taylor County High School along with coaches from Texas and Florida State watching Lyn-J Dixon. The 5-10, 185 pound Dixon has 4,526-yards and 62 touchdowns in his career and will add to that this fall. Last season was his best as he carried 229 times for 1,914-yards and 35 touchdowns. He averaged 8.4-yards a carry. 

As a result, Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Louisville, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, OU, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia Tech have joined the Cowboys in pursuit of Dixon.

You can bet Wozniak will either see or has seen Jaylen Waddle of Bellaire Episcopal in the Houston area. The 5-10, 175 pound Waddle is a wide receiver that also runs the ball. He has two punt returns and three kickoff returns for touchdowns last season. He also has over 20 scholarship offers form the likes of Florida State, Oregon, Texas, Alabama, Georgia, LSU, and Texas A&M.

The Cowboys have also offered Tae Provens from Gurley, Ala. The 5-11, 186 pound Provens has plenty of offers. Maybe, Wozniak stops over in Alabama before heading back this direction.

Deion Smith is another Texan from Houston Second Baptist and the 5-11, 170 pound speedster doesn't have quite as many offers, but has nice numbers with 122 carries last season for 1,223-yards and 19 touchdowns. He also caught 22 passes for 494-yards and five touchdowns.

Keep an eye on several other running back prospects in Stanley Hackett from Sam Rayburn High School in Pasadena, Texas; James Miles of Irving High School in Texas; Asa Martin of Decatur (Austin), Ala.; Alec Harris of Richmond (Foster), Texas; Juma Otoviano from Arlington (Martin), Texas; SaRodorick Thompson from Carrollton (Ranchview), Texas; and Hassan Haskins of Eureka, Mo.


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