Cowboys Have First Two Official Visitors

Oklahoma State welcomed two defensive linemen as their first official recruiting visits of the season.

With the Cowboys preparing to take an important step in the program's history in an important Big 12 South game Saturday night against Texas, Les Miles and his coaching staff welcomed a pair of prospects on Friday for their official visits.

These are the first two official visitors for the Cowboys in recruiting. Defensive end Charles Alexander and defensive tackle Anthony Strauder both came in Friday and arrived just in time to watch the O-State squad finish up their Friday walk through.

Alexander is a highly recruited defensive end out of Breaux Bridge, La, while Anthony Strauder is a highly touted defensive tackle out of Natchez, Miss. It was the first official visit for either player, and the Cowboys were also expecting East St. John, La, tailback Derron Thomas.

Thomas, who has rushed for over 1,100-yards this season did not make his trip. He is scheduled to visit Nebraska next weekend.

No word on whether he will make up this date with Oklahoma State. Thomas is also being recruited by LSU, Florida State, and Alabama among others.

He is considered one of the top running back prospects for the Cowboys. Alexander is a 6-3, 265 pound defensive end that has 4.85 speed. He is also considering LSU among several other schools. The Cowboys have already offered a scholarship.

Strauder, who suffered a broken ankle midway through the season, is on crutches, but is expected to be good as new in several weeks.

He is a 6-4, 275 pounder with 4.9 speed. Both players will stay in The Student Union Hotel on Friday night with the team as they prepare for Texas at 6 p.m. on Saturday in Boone Pickens Stadium.

The Cowboys are also expecting a season high turnout by prospects for the Texas game. Recruits are allowed to accept three tickets from the school, but must pay their own way and pay for their meal.

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