Recruiting: Camp Packed With Performance

STILLWATER – Football camp season has officially concluded for Oklahoma State. On Monday, the Cowboy football coaching staff, along with the basketball staff and athletic director Mike Holder, will head to Boone Pickens' ranch Mesa Vista for a retreat and some relaxation.

It was hustle and bustle at Gallagher-Iba Arena and the Athletic Center on Sunday as basketball campers were coming and going and football welcomed a larger than expected turnout of 123 players for a senior and junior prospect camp.

It was a good looking group of players overall and it was not surprising to see University of Central Oklahoma head coach Chuck Langston and assistant coach Steve Patterson there eyeballing prospects that might not be attractive to Oklahoma State, but would work just fine playing for the Division II Bronchos.

While on the Oklahoma State campus the players were checked for height and weight and vertical jump. They met during the afternoon as a group with head coach Mike Gundy, toured the football facilities, met with position coaches, and were tested for 40-yard dash times and shuttle drill times inside Boone Pickens Stadium. Following the testing they went to the practice field where they went through drills and had instruction with the individual position coaches. Following the short practice there was a meal and then another message from Gundy before the prospect camp was concluded.

There were a few prospects there who had been offered by the Cowboys that were up this weekend for unofficial visits. That list included Dallas (Lincoln), Texas, defensive end/linebacker Richetti Jones, who spent Saturday in Stillwater. College Station (A&M Consolidated), Texas, wide receiver Detron Lewis and linebacker C.J. Parish were there to talk with the coaches. Lewis has been offered by the Cowboys, while Parish, who ran a 4.57 in the Cowboys satellite camp in Houston, was delivering game film for the coaching staff to evaluate.

Also, cornerback Ryan Broyles of Norman, Okla., was making his second unofficial visit to OSU and spent time with his recruiting coach Gunter Brewer. Broyles has been offered and the speedster who is also an outstanding basketball player is a top in-state target for the Cowboys recruiting effort this year.

As for the active campers on Sunday, here's a rundown of some of the players that were in attendance and how they looked.

Prospects offered by Oklahoma State
De'Von Bailey, WR/DB, Lawton (Eisenhower), Okla.
Bailey gets the award for bringing the most friends as he brought seven teammates with him to the camp. We had a hard time finding him during testing because he ran 40s with the defensive backs. He was very impressive on the shuttle drill and his ball skills were good during the practice.

Jared Glover, LB, Bixby, Okla.
Glover is impressive because of his height and he appears to be filling out and getting stronger. His ability to move is another plus.

Jason Hannan, OL, Waxahachie, Texas
There is nothing for this big guy to prove as he has been offered and gave a verbal commitment (the first in this class). Hannan moves well and looks like he has been serious about working out. He is a combo guy who will likely play guard, but could play some tackle too.

Quinton Prince, DT, Oklahoma City (Heritage Hall), Okla.
Prince is every bit 6-4 and 300 pounds. He moves well for a big man and was impressive in the bag drills. Oklahoma State has offered him, as have several other major schools. You can see, even without pads on and just in drills, that he is a strong, physical player.

Prospects Oklahoma State is actively recruiting
Josh Cooper, WR, Mustang, Okla.
Personally, I was very glad to see Cooper there and he is a standout who I have likened to Wes Welker. I don't care what he runs in shorts. In football gear, with fast guys chasing him, they don't catch him. He actually ran a very good time in the camp, probably in the top 10 with a 4.62. He runs good routes and catches the ball. There is no doubt that he improved his stock with the OSU coaches.

Chris Harris, DB, Bixby, Okla.
This may be one of the great stories out of the camp as the 5-10 Harris ran well and practiced well and, in general, moved up the ladder. When you see coaches looking at each other after watching a prospect that is a good sign. Keep an eye out for his name because it could come up again soon.

Justin Hill, RB, Lake Dallas, Texas
Hill did exactly what you need to do at a prospect camp as he turned heads. He ran a 4.6 flat in the 40 and verified his 37-inch vertical jump that is listed on the internet. At 6-0, 192 pounds he has good size and is strong. He ran for 931 yards and 10 touchdowns on 146 carries as a junior. A plus he also caught 26 passes for 210 yards and a touchdown. His grades work too as he has a 3.89 GPA and a 1420 on the SAT.

Kendall Hunter, RB, Tyler (John Tyler), Texas
Another head turner as he had no less than four stopwatches zeroed in on his final 40-yard dash time of 4.55. A 5-9, 185-pound back who is very solid.

Nick Martinez, OL, Floresville, Texas
Martinez was a star during the Cowboys satellite camp in the Houston area. He came to Stillwater so the coaching staff could get a second look. and we wouldn't be surprised if he received a scholarship offer. Martinez is 6-4 plus and probably weighs right around 300. He moves well and has good technique.

Rashad McGill, OL, Hidelberg, Miss.
McGill came a long way and it wasn't for nothing as he put on a good performance. He has good size and is athletic for an O-lineman. He ran well and probably moved himself up the recruiting ladder on Sunday.

Brian Murphy, RB/DB, Lawrence (Free State), Kan.
This is no Double Mint commercial, you were seeing twins and Brian is the running back at 5-8, 165 pounds. He rushed for 1,035 yards last season and showed up well in the camp with a very good 40 and shuttle drill. Iowa, Kansas, Kansas State and Missouri are all hoping he shows up at their camps too.

Ryan Murphy, Ath./DB, Lawrence (Free State), Kan.
Ditto for Ryan. He looked very good. A quarterback in high school he is destined for the secondary. Last season he threw for 1,655 yards, ran for 626 yards, and was responsible for a combined 18 touchdowns.

Daniel Palmer, RB, College Station (A&M Consolidated), Texas
Palmer came with Lewis and Parish for the ride and was very impressive. The 5-10, 200-pounder also found himself staring at a row of stopwatches for his final go at the 40, as he delivered with a 4.43. Look for his name to pop up again and soon in Cowboy recruiting talk.

Alex Russian, TE, Round Rock, Texas
Russian is already high on the Cowboys list of tight end prospects and may have an offer. He is a good looking athlete and also is a good deep snapper for his high school. He really looked good in drills over on the practice field and does a very good job of catching the ball.

Surprise Campers
Taylor Antle, WR, Foyil, Okla.
The youngest son of former Cowboy linebacker Rick "Cowboy" Antle, he had a solid 40 time and is a good size receiver. I'm not saying Oklahoma State, but he is a certainty to play college football for somebody. He loves Oklahoma State which means he could be a quality recruited walk-on prospect.

Danny Knighten, QB, Tulsa (Hale), Okla.
OSU is not looking for a quarterback, but somebody that is would like this guy for his physical attributes. He has good size and he ran a 4.69 in the 40.

Josh Perry, OL, Comanche, Okla.
Good size, but likely more of an offensive guard or center, his shuttle run of 4.53 gained a lot of double takes. That is a very impressive number for an offensive line prospect.

Junior Prospects
Jacobe Britt, DB, Joplin, Mo.
Nicholas Brock, OL, Oklahoma City (Putnam City North), Okla.
Jordan Brown, Plano West
Tucker Cason, LB, Oklahoma City (Heritage Hall), Okla.
Bruce Crowder, WR, Lawton (Eisenhower), Okla.
Dustin Crowley, LB, Blanchard, Okla.
Rory Cruz, Arlington, Texas
Jack Dumas, LB, Guthrie, Okla.
Jefferson Grasmick, QB, Bethany, Okla.
Wesley Holloway, OL, Oklahoma City (Heritage Hall), Okla.
Harrison Jeffers, RB, Lawton (Eisenhower), Okla. - A solid built back and he ran a strong 40 with a 4.65. He is one to watch this upcoming season as Ike should be a strong team overall.
Spencer Jergins, New Braunfels, Texas
Chika Madu, DB, Norman, Okla. - Younger brother of OU incoming freshman Mossis Madu.
Harrison Menke, OL, Joplin, Mo.
Jimmy Nelson, Flowermound, Texas
Greg Perkins, QB, Norman, Okla.
Brandon Rogers, QB, Tulsa (Union), Okla. - Good size and good athlete.
Lanear Sampson, WR, Mesquite, Texas - Look out for this guy as he has good size, appears strong and ran a 4.5 flat in 40.
Kenny Smith, DL, Foyil, Okla.
Trey Stead, OL, Bixby, Okla.
Braydon Stringer, QB, Lawton (Eisenhower), Okla.
Garrett Valdez, Oklahoma City (Heritage Hall), Okla.
Kyle Waskiewicz, LB, Lawton (Eisenhower), Okla.
Allen Woodum, OL, Conroe, Texas

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