A new concept for the Oklahoma State staff in their camp schedule debuted on Tuesday night and while it was a late night with the camp not ending until right around 10 p.m., it lived up to it's name, "The Show." Three position with quarterbacks (The Gun Show), wide receivers (The Freak Show), and defensive backs, corners and safeties (No Fly Zone) making up the camp and it was definitely a quality over quantity type camp. There were 10 quarterbacks headed by the Cowboys 2018 commitment at the position in Spencer Sanders of Denton Ryan in Texas. There were 16 wide receivers including two 2018 players offered by the Cowboys in Cy Creek's Miles Battle and Kilgore standout and speedster Jonathan Shepherd. There were also a lot of younger receivers that really showed up well. On the defensive side 18 corners and safeties were there to challenge the throwers and the catchers in the nearly 45 minute one-on-one session inside Boone Pickens Stadium. The defensive backs group included OSU safety commitment Kanion Williams out of Dallas South Oak Cliff and unofficial visitor from Slidell (Salmen), La., Eddie Smith, who told us his recruiting has flat blown up.
The players showed off skills with forties, agility drills, and vertical jumping. They spent time in the meeting room with the coaches and learned from some of the veteran players there like quarterbacks Mason Rudolph and Taylor Cornelius as well as defensive backs like Ramon Richards and Tre Flowers. Part of the show during intermission when the campers were in the meeting rooms with the coaches was watching OSU veteran receivers James Washington, Marcell Ateman, Jalen McCleskey, and Chris Lacy play basketball with a Gatorade bottle and a trash can. There was some mean pick and roll action. Competition can break out at any time.
The competition was present in the camp as Sanders, who is 6-1, 196 pounds and told us he will be fully released from his ACL rehab and cleared for full speed running and action on Thursday did show off his arm all night long. He really has a strong arm and a quick release. I enjoyed watching a couple of young quarterbacks as 2019 class prospects in Max Duggan from Lewis Central in Council Bluffs, Iowa and Jason Faulkenberry out of Bridgeport High School in Texas is 6-2, 181 pounds.
In a blast from the past that made me feel old J.D. Head, a sophomore starting quarterback for Jones, talented and a strong arm was there along with his quarterbacks coach at Jones, former OSU grad assistant Jeff Horrocks. I coached Head and Oklahoma State baseball commit and one of the cornerbacks in the camp and another 2020 prospect in Dom Johnson. Both players showed up well in the camp on Tuesday.
The show at wide receiver was impressive as I really liked the speed and the breakaway ability of both Shepherd and Battle. Millwood standout Demariyon Houston made play after play and he is a 2019 prospect that in track nearly won the State Meet by himself. I also thought La'Thaniel Washington, who was in Belton at the Texas MegaCamp on Saturday night made a bunch of plays including one spectacular catch. Dylan Wright, a 2019 prospect from Ennis, Texas as also very impressive in the one-on-one competition.
On the defensive side, you could not help but notice the size (6-1, 175 pounds) of Eddie Smith as he was really good. Kanion Williams size (6-1, 173 pounds) also showed up as well as the athletic ability. The defensive backs were tough and physical all night and there were five 2019 prospects and Johnson, who is a 2020 prospect.
Smith told us his recruiting has blown up, but that he has really liked his two-day unofficial visit to Oklahoma State.
"I have my dream schools," Smith told our Zach Lancaster when asked after saying he has Mississippi State, Tennessee, TCU, and Oklahoma State high on his list. "I really like the campus and the feel of Oklahoma State. It has a family feeling."
The camping at Oklahoma State continues on Wednesday with a special teams camp for kickers, punters, and long snappers.