Junior College prospects were in Stillwater on Saturday working on showing they have what it takes to help Oklahoma State win the Big 12. It was the first time the OSU staff had ever hosted a junior college only camp.
For the second time in less than a week the Oklahoma State football staff tried a new camp format with success. Earlier in the week it was "The Show" which drew some very talented quarterbacks, wide receivers, and defensive backs to the OSU campus. On Saturday afternoon it was the first Junior College Camp that Oklahoma State has ever hosted. Other schools have done the format and the Cowboys staff was concerned with the numbers it would draw. Many of these junior college players have been through the camp process enough as they were coming through high school, but there were 40 players that went through the camp on Saturday and prospects such as NEO A&M JUnior College wide receiver Patrick McKaufman and Butler County Community College center C.J. Perez seemed to be popular with the coaching staff. Now, it was interesting when there was only one quarterback in the camp in NEO A&M's Wyatt Steigerwald and just one running back in the Norsemen's talented Darwin Thompson. Those guys got a lot of reps. Steigerwald threw a lot of passes in one-on-one drills.
McKaufman is a 6-5 3/4, 200 pound wide receiver that played quarterback at Oklahoma City Douglass High School. He ran a 4.72 in the 40, but his agility was a sizzling 4.29 and he plays fast and has that great size. He got a lot of reps in one-on-one. He told me later that he has offers from Northern Illinois and Nevada and could go now, but he wants to play in Bedlam and he wants to major in Agriculture. Okay, I'll give you one guess where that leads me to think he wants to go to school.
We'll have more on Perez coming up but he is a 6-1 1/2, 275 pound center prospect with really good feet and an offer from Memphis, but he wants something else. His dad played at Kansas and then played offensive tackle three seasons in the NFL for Miami, New England, and Green Bay. He then played six seasons in the Canadian Football League.
In all, there were 40 prospects in the camp and NEO A&M led the way with 11 players there. Butler County had eight players in attendance and Coffeyville Community College had six athletes.
Among the notables were NEO A&M tight end prospects Lonell Burris (6-2 3/4 and 259) and Jake Ross (6-5 3/4 and 245). Justin Henderson (6-6 1/2, 304) is a young offensive tackle prospect at Coffeyville. NEO defensive tackle Isaiah Johnson (6-3 3/4 and 285) and Latu Maile (6-1 1/4 and 302) out of Tyler Junior College impressed on the defensive line along with Butler's Jalon Gordon (6-2 3/4 and 280 with a 4.96 in the forty).
NEO A&M linebacker Lamontre Huval and Trinity Valley C.C. defensive back Patrick Peek (5-10, 200, 4.5) were also drawing strong attention from the coaches.
The 10-day camp period for Oklahoma State ends tomorrow with another one-day mini-camp that starts with registration at 1 p.m.