OSU Prospect Camp: Defensive Players

After the prospects worked out on the new resurfaced practice fields and had a tour of the OSU football facilities they were taken to the Club Level of Boone Pickens Stadium and dined on some steak and chicken. The gathering broke up early to allow the prospects and in some cases their families to get on the road and try to avoid the storms moving through Oklahoma on Sunday.

In our first stoey we spotlighted some of the offensive prospects, but there were also a good number of defensive prospects. In all the total number of prospects reached 97 for the Sunday camp.
,br> The linebackers included Texans Jake Mechler, Trey Smith, Keenan Robinson and Eric Cohen along with Justin Lane of Edmond Santa Fe. The top defensive back prospects were Ramon Broadway of Shreveport Evangel Christian in Louisiana and Kerry Maddox of Tyler John Tyler in Texas. Bailey Johnson of Homewood-Flossmoor in Illinois was the best of the defensive line prospects.

Jake Mechler of Richardson High School in Texas is a 6-1, 235 pound inside linebacker prospect with 4.7 speed in the 40. He appeared to test out well on Sunday. Trey Smith of China Springs, Texas, is a little smaller at 6-0, 215 pounds and could wind up as a safety in college. Eric Cohen out of powerhouse Austin Westlake is 6-1, 220 pounds and runs a 4.89 in the 40. He may need to improve his speed, but is being recruited by the likes of Kansas, New Mexico State, North Texas, SMU, TCU and Texas Tech. Justin Lane out of Edmond Santa Fe looked really good. He is around 6-2, and looks to be a solid 225-230 pounds. He was the leading tackler on the Santa Fe defense last season and may be one of the best sleeper prospects in Oklahoma. Cowboys assistant coach Todd Bradford has been recruiting him since early in the spring.

Physically the best looking linebacker prospect was Keenan Robinson of Plano East. The 6-4, 220-pound Robinson looks more like a big wide receiver and he was really good in all the agility drills. He's a player that isn't listed on databases, but you can be sure we will do more work on finding out about him.

Both the top defensive back prospects are true corners. Ramon Bradley from powerhouse Shreveport Evangel Christian is 5-9, 174 pounds and runs a 4.4. He must have smoked one today because it got the coaches attention. LSU, OSU, Alabama, Ole Miss and USC are listed as favorites of Broadway. Kerry Maddox is a 5-10, 170-pound corner out of John Tyler High School in East Texas. He runs a 4.49 in the 40 and had an eye-opening 4.02 on the shuttle drill by our watch. Nebraska, OSU, Northwestern, UCLA and UTEP are on his school list.

There weren't a lot of defensive lineman, but Bailey Johnson of Homewood High in Flossmoor, Ill., is a good one at 6-4, 240 pounds with a 5.1 in the 40. He is a high school defensive end appears he may grow into a defensive tackle. Johnson had 60 tackles as a junior with 11 tackles for losses and six sacks. He had a 31-inch vertical during the testing at OSU. Ball State, Illinois, Indiana, Northern Illinois, Purdue and Wisconsin are on his list along with OSU.

There were rumors that OSU gained the commitment during its Houston camp on Friday out of Alice offensive lineman Trent Perkins. The 6-4, 285-pound Perkins runs a 5.2 in the 40. We could not confirm that commitment and tried Sunday night. We will continue trying on Monday.

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