Recruiting: Here Comes The Second Wave

In what amounts to two tidal wave weekends of recruiting visits the Cowboys will welcome somewhere around 14 visiting prospects for the Dec. 9 weekend. It is really amazing the job that this staff is doing in that these two weekends represent two of the most talent laden groups of prospects ever to come in on a single weekend.

As an example, in the past Oklahoma State would recruit top prospects and end up bringing in anywhere between 10-20 of the big time recruits, while the rest would be players recruited by schools a little lower on the recruiting food chain. This season Oklahoma State is banging heads with major schools on virtually every prospect.

Already from last weekend there have been two commitments in defensive tackle Jonathan Lewis, a previous signee of Kansas State who gray-shirted while gaining eligiblity and rehabing a knee injury, and running back Preston Brown of Antioch, Tenn. Waco University skill athlete Perrish Cox also is close to a verbal pledge, but is visiting LSU this weekend. Terrance Anderson, the standout athlete out of Aldine, Texas, is also close but will visit Iowa State this weekend.

Last weekend there were a lot of previously committed players, but this weekend there are only two. They are a major duo as Klein Collins running back Michael Goodson comes in off of his visit last weekend to USC where he saw the Trojans hammer UCLA 66-19. Goodson will surely be weighing the playing opportunity at Oklahoma State versus USC as well as the geographic difference, and the atmosphere and players he will be around. Goodson is a big-time player who just might like the idea of being a big timer in helping OSU back onto the national scene versus following in the footsteps of a recent Heisman Trophy winner in his hero Reggie Bush. There is also a line of highly recruited backs vying for that honor at SC. This was Goodson's summer pledge, now Gundy will be aiming to help him keep it.

Houston Madison linebacker Donnell Williams is every bit as vital to Oklahoma State as Goodson. The talented linebacker has the tools to help outside in forming the next corps of linebackers. Last week he checked out Missouri and liked what he saw, but despite reports to the contrary still has OSU in front and says he is committed. The task is to lock that up once and for all.

Another running back possibility to go with Goodson, Brown, and Jamaal Evans, who was in last week, is Keith Toston. Toston can flat out play, gaining more than 1,460 yards and scoring 25 touchdowns last season at Angleton. He has 4.4 speed and is a good fit in the OSU spread offense. If need be he could also play defense or receiver.

Defensive backs are a priority the rest of the way for Oklahoma State and two very good ones are on the guest list for the weekend. Scott Broughton is a big corner out of Georgia Military who can really play, as he led the nation among all juco players in interceptions. He has already visited Baylor and there are others seeking his services.

Tim Atchison is a big hitting safety out of Copperas Cove, Texas, who saw his team eliminated in the quarterfinals last week against a talented Lufkin team. Atchison would be a great get for the Cowboys.

Skills are plentiful in this weekend's group of visitors that now includes jumbo athlete Orie Lemon out of Houston Yates; Mississippi Gulf Coast J.C. wide receiver Tony Burks; Butler C.C. wide receiver Anthony Parks; Marlin, Texas quarterback/athlete Jeremy Sanders, and Mississippi Gulf Coast running back Dantrell Savage.

Lemon can play quarterback or linebacker and is solid as a rock. Burks is a big receiver with speed and is a sure thing at the Division I level. Parks is a speed burner and a big play receiver. Sanders is vastly underrated and would be good almost anywhere you put him on the field. Savage ran for 172 yards and scored two touchdowns in the bowl game against a very good NEO A&M Junior College defense that was geared to stop him.

There are at least a couple of big guys expected this weekend in Columbus, Ga., defensive tackle Quencey Patrick. Patrick committed to Tulane early, but may be seriously shopping. Ryan Sefton is an offensive lineman out of Pearl River C.C. in Mississippi that honestly we don't know much about, but he has good size. Also, it is unknown after repeated attempts to reach him whether junior college defensive tackle Frank Harry, originally out of Louisiana, will visit OSU as scheduled after committing to South Florida on a visit last weekend.

As usual there are other OSU prospects who are visiting at various schools this weekend. The ones to watch most closely are Cox at LSU, Anderson at Iowa State, Jenks offensive lineman Chase Beeler at OU, Longview, Texas tight end Adrian Reese at Arkansas, Longview, Texas offensive lineman Trent Williams at OU, junior college offensive lineman Shannon Boatman at Iowa State, running back Graig Cooper of Memphis at Ole Miss, linebacker Fred Garrin at Iowa State, and NEO defensive tackle Jeremy Gibbs at Iowa State.

How about that? Iowa State with four Cowboy recruits in Ames this weekend. Cowboy fans can always hope for really bitter cold temperatures in Cyclone Country.

This Weekend's Scheduled Visitors (14)
Tim Atchison, DB, 6-2, 190, 4.5, Copperas Cove, Tex. (OSU 12-9, Tech 12-16, Ga Tech Jan.)

Scott Broughton, CB, 6-1, 185, Georgia Military C.C., Ga. (Bay 11-18, OSU 12-9)

Tony Burks, WR, 6-4, 205, 4.5, Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C., Miss. (MsSt 11/26, OSU 12/9, Miss 12-3)

Michael Goodson, RB, 6-0, 200, 4.4, Klein (Collins), Tex. (Verbally committed to OSU 12/9, USC 12-2, LSU, Miami)

Frank Harry, DT, 6-3, 285, 5.0, Pearl River C.C., Miss. (Verbally committed to SFla 12-2, OSU 12-9)

Orie Lemon, Ath., 6-1, 224, 4.6, Houston (Yates), Tex. (OSU 12-9)

Anthony Parks, WR, 6-0, 190, 4.5, Butler Co. C.C., Kan. (OSU 12-9)

Quencey Patrick, DL, 6-3, 265, 5.0, Columbus (Pacelli Catholic), Ga. (Verbally committed to Tulane, OSU 12-9)

Jeremy Sanders, QB/Ath., 6-2, 190, 4.4, Marlin, Tex. (Tech 12-2, OSU 12-9, UH 12-16, A&M 1-6)

Dantrell Savage, Ath., 5-11, 185, 4.3, Miss. Gulf Coast C.C., Miss. (OSU 12-9, MsSt 1-20, Miss, Troy, ISU)

Ryan Sefton, OL, 6-4, 280, NA, Pearl River C.C., Miss. (OSU 12-9)

Keith Toston, RB, 6-1, 195, 4.4, Angleton, Tex. (OSU 12/9, TCU 12-16, Neb 1-6, A&M 1-13, LSU or Ark 1-20)

Donnell Williams, LB, 6-2 1/2, 210, 4.55, Houston (Madison), Tex. (Verbally committed to OSU 12/9, MU 12-2)

Mon Williams, Ath., 6-3, 198, 4.45, Mesquite (Horn), Tex. (CU 11-5, Miami 11-25, A&M 12-2, OSU 12-9, SC 1-13)

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