The OSU staff was in Dallas on Thursday for a prospect camp that drew 206 seniors-to-be, including several players the Cowboy staff had offered, to Richardson Berkner High School for the half-day camp. The next day the staff was in Houston and welcomed 135 prospects to Pearland High School for a similar camp. On Sunday they wrapped up the early prospect camp schedule with a half-day session on the OSU campus.
The Sunday camp also marked the debut of the new resurfaced practice fields. Despite plenty of moisture the fields held up well. The Sunday camp drew more than 90 participants including some strong prospects. The players went through testing that included a 40-yard sprint, vertical jump, and pro shuttle testing. The players then went through some position specific drills with the OSU staff and finished with some competitive drills.
Among the headliners on offense Sunday were wide receivers Kenny Brown of Putnam City North and Willie Landers of El Dorado, Ark. The top offensive line prospects included Jacob Secrest of Stillwater, Myron McKinney of Putnam City North, Chad Roark of Ada, and huge Jordan Shoemaker of Midlothian, Texas. The top running backs included Carl Albert standout Charles Hightower and Tommy Bryan of Dallas (Hillcrest), Texas.
Some interesting prospects included Edmond Memorial wide receiver Gordon Butler, the son of former OSU All-Big Eight defensive end Daria Butler. Jenks All-State offensive lineman Chase Beeler was there but did not participate because of a summer camp injury. Two prospects we noticed that we'll be looking to find out more about were wide receiver Colin Allen out of Memphis (Tenn.) Ridgeway High School and Alex Kuhlman, an athlete out of Ness City High School, state unknown. Norman quarterback Press Taylor was there. He is the son of former OU All-Big Eight defensive back and Kansas State assistant coach Sherwood Taylor, and the brother of former OSU commitment and current Nebraska starting quarterback Zac Taylor.
Primarily watching the pro shuttle drill we thought Secrest moved really well (4.55 by our watch on the shuttle). The Stillwater High lineman can play guard or center and looked to be around 6-3 and 275-280 pounds. Myron McKinney of Putnam City North is also a good athlete and had a good shuttle drill and a very strong vertical jump. Jordan Shoemaker, the big Texan of Midlothian, is every bit the 6-6, 265 pounds he's listed and he moved well enough on the shuttle drill to believe the 5.3 time in the 40 you find listed all over the internet. Chad Roark of Ada has all kinds of offers including Nebraska and LSU. OSU has been contemplating an offer. Roark was hampered some by a broken left forearm and was wearing a cast. NCAA rules prohibit media from talking to prospects while they are on campus so we were unable to ask him how the arm was broken.
Chase Beeler was there but not participating. The Jenks All-State offensive lineman from last season had foot problems after last week's Jenks padded camp. He wore off the callous he has on one foot and it was down to raw skin. Beeler watched and is showing a strong interest in Oklahoma State. He also has offers from schools such as Stanford, Iowa State, Oklahoma, Tulsa, Colorado and SMU.
Wide receiver is a need position for the Cowboys and they had some good ones there. Willie Landers is impressive as the 6-3, 175-pounder from El Dorado, Ark., ran well and looked strong on the shuttle. Last season he caught 25 passes for 405 yards playing in a predominant run offense. He also averaged 13 points per game in hoops. Arkansas is his favorite, but OSU, LSU, Miss. State and Tulsa round out his top five. Kenny Brown had a 4.49 by our watch in the 40. Brown caught 43 passes for 657 yards and seven touchdowns last season. Gordon Butler of Edmond Memorial is not only the son of a former O-State great but a good athlete in his own right. He is a two-year starter in basketball and helped the Edmond track team to a state championship this spring. He played wide receiver and corner last season. The 6-3, 180-pounder had a 4.34 on the shuttle. Our two unknowns are Colin Allen and Alex Kuhlman, who both showed good speed and athleticism. Kuhlman ran an impressive 4.09 on the pro shuttle and both appeared to run strong in the 40.
Among the quarterbacks, Norman's Press Taylor grabbed some attention when he ran a 4.12 in the pro shuttle. The son of former OU standout Sherwood Taylor and brother of former OSU commitment and current Nebraska quarterback Zac Taylor, he played safety the past two seasons at Norman but is set to be the quarterback this season. He looks to be around 6-1, 175 pounds. He throws the ball well and moves even better.
There were plenty of defensive players on hand Sunday as well. Check out the defensive summary too.
OSU Prospect Camp: Offensive Players
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