Recruiting: OSU In On Talented Georgia Back

Oklahoma State has gone recruiting in Georgia more frequently over the past year and have seen the efforts yield some very nice players. But running back Jonathan Dwyer represents a real spectacular talent. His highlight video from his junior season is as impressive as you will find from any running back in the Class of 2007. A 6-0, 200-pound sprinter out of Marietta (Kell), Ga., Dwyer has the fastest 100-meter time in Georgia this spring in track, and is the fastest sprinter in Cobb County.

As a junior, Dwyer rushed 289 times for 1,898 yards and 23 touchdowns. He also caught nine passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns, and also returned kicks for a near 40-yard average.

The honors from last season include all-county, Cobb County Player of the Year, NDGA Player of the Year, OJC Player of the Year, and honorable mention All-State. His offer list includes Florida, Georgia, Auburn, Mississippi State, Clemson, Georgia Tech, LSU, Ole Miss, Maryland, Boston College, Memphis, Miami of Ohio, Michigan State, Hawaii, Wake Forest and Oklahoma State. The Cowboys - along with Florida, Georgia Tech, Auburn, Georgia, LSU and Ohio State - are his top eight schools right now. So how did the Cowboys land in the top eight?

"Basically, Coach (Curtis) Luper and I, and my family, have a good chemistry," said Dwyer. "They have a good sports medicine program which is what I want to study and major in. It also gives them an edge of their tradition with running backs like Barry Sanders, Thurman Thomas and Vernand Morency."

Dwyer said he has already visited the campuses of Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Auburn.

"I plan to go to Oklahoma State this summer when I have some more time," he added.

Dwyer is a good student and scored very high on the PSAT so he should not have any problems academically in school, and his talents are obvious - very obvious on the football field. He has a bench press max of 285, can squat 450, and has a vertical jump of 31 inches. His timetable on his recruitiment is something he is still considering, but said distance is not a problem.

"My cousin Shamar Graves (wide receiver) out of New Jersey signed with Rutgers this year and he is the first in our family to sign with a Division I school," said Dwyer. "I've been learning a lot about recruiting from him. We've had other members of our family sign with colleges, but he is the first to sign Division I.

"I may commit early, but I don't know," continued Dwyer. "It really comes down to my family and my coach and what is best for me. Recruiting has been fun so far, but I really didn't know as much going in as I do now."

Dwyer is certainly one of the top running back prospects the Cowboys have been in on in recent years. It comes at a good time as this is a recruiting class where signing a flagship type back is high on their priority list.

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