Football Recruiting: Aldridge, Bowman & Thomas

James Aldridge, a standout running back from Merrillville, Ind., and his parents will be on the Oklahoma State campus all day Wednesday. The 6-1, 215-pounder is considered one of the top running back prospects in the Midwest region. He is visiting four different campuses this spring, beginning with the school he considers his early leader in OSU.

Aldridge, who rushed for 2,067 yards and 20 touchdowns last season as a junior, calls OSU the leader because they have done the best job of recruiting him so far. He has developed a good relationship with OSU running backs coach Curtis Luper. Aldridge will get a complete tour of the campus on his official visit, a tour of athletic facilities and also get to see the Cowboys practice on Wednesday at 4:10 p.m. The Cowboys coaching staff have apparently had Aldridge on their radar screen from the beginning. He will also check out Notre Dame, Ohio State and Iowa later in the month.

Word has circulated fast on the transfer of former high school All-American wide receiver Adarius Bowman. We have learned that Bowman will make a visit this weekend to Oklahoma State to consider coming to OSU and playing for his former position coach at North Carolina, Gunter Brewer. Bowman is transferring in the wake of a marijuana arrest from last fall. Bowman and defensive tackle Isiah Thomas, along with another teammate, were in the room when campus police found 5.8 grams of marijuana in the room. Charges against Bowman were later dropped. Bowman and Thomas were suspended for the final six games of last season.

The 6-4, 217-pound receiver caught 18 passes last season for 329 yards and three touchdowns. As a freshman for the Tar Heels he caught 10 passes for 181 yards and two touchdowns. He was a high school All-American at Chatanooga (Tenn.) Notre Dame High School where he caught 52 balls for 1,339 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior. He also played in the U.S. Army All-American Game and caught a 33-yard touchdown pass in that contest.

There could also be interest in Thomas. The 6-4, 307-pound defensive tackle still has charges pending. He was recruited out of Winston Salem (N.C.) Carver High School for Nebraska by current OSU defensive line coach Nelson Barnes.

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