Recruiting: Surprises Show Up In Houston

Day two of the Oklahoma State satellite football camps took place in Houston. The OSU coaching staff held half-day mini camps in the Dallas area on Tuesday, traveled to Houston on Wednesday, and will wrap up in East Texas on Thursday. Pflugerville (Hendrickson), Texas, linebacker Joshua Gaines was one of the players we caught up with that attended camp on Wednesday.

"It was okay. I had fun and learned some things," said the 6-2, 220-pound linebacker. "We did some testing and the competition was fun. We started with 40s and I ran a 4.56. We did some agility drills, you know steps and 45 degree angle going downhill. We also did some one-on-one linebacker stuff."

Gaines said he has three offers right now coming from Oklahoma State, Baylor and Purdue. He said he does not have a leader and also hasn't narrowed his scope any in recruiting. This summer he is working at an entertainment park and working out.

"This was probably my last camp because I can't take too many days off work," said Gaines. "It was good to be around the Oklahoma State coaches and see how they work. They made me feel welcome out there. I feel like I have a pretty good feel for their coaches."

Gaines said the turnout was okay for the mini camp he attended. When asked if there were any players that stood out he said all he could remember were defensive players and he didn't think anybody was heads above the rest.

He may not have caught up with some of the offensive players because there were some standouts and a few surprises. Detron Lewis from A&M Consolidated in College Station has been a major OSU target. The 6-0, 190-pound wide receiver clocked a sub 4.5 in the 40-yard dash and put on a good show with his pass catching skills.

There were also two surprises that caught the attention of observers as Curenski Gilleylen out of Leander was blazing as he stopped the clock in 4.35 and 4.41 on the 40-yard dash. The 6-0, 210-pound running back/wide receiver is a big time athlete who can move and has strength.

Speaking of strength, Nick Martinez from little Floresville High School made a strong impression. Being 6-4, 325 pounds will cause that as Martinez moved well in drills and could be picking up increased interest over the summer.

That is part of what these camps do. Certainly there are players that you expect to show up and impress, but there are always a few surprises that you don't count on or you've never seen.

The Cowboys staff will undoubtedly hope to find a few more of both prospects and surprises when they wrap up the satellite camps in Kilgore, Texas, on Thursday.

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