Recruiting: Cowboys Target New Names

Finally, the Oklahoma State list seems to be expanding, or maybe we are just catching up on a few new names. Also, some of the old names we have stayed away from in recent weeks are seven top prospects or current verbal commitments that are still involved in the Texas high school playoffs and are either playing for or to get into state championship games this weekend.

At Go Pokes during this time of the season (deep into the playoffs) we have a policy of not contacting players that are involved in the playoffs. We have found that they are more concerned about the playoffs which they should be. It is also out of respect for their high school coaches. They help us so much that we don't want to interfere with their programs trying to win a championship. No player makes their decisions on recruiting when they are playing at this time of the season.

That said, it appears Oklahoma State may be involved with two new prospects in the junior college ranks. Snow Community College head coach Steve Coburn clued us in that while OSU head coach Mike Gundy and assistant Todd Bradford were on his campus Monday getting the good news from Snow All-American defensive tackle Tonga "Junior" Tea they were also checking out some of the Badgers other players, both sophomores and freshmen.

The one for this recruiting class is tight end Devin Frischknecht. That is a mouthful, and Frischknecht is a heckuva player. Coming out of Manti, Utah, in high school he was a full qualifier and was offered by Urban Meyer, who was then at Utah. He chose to go to Snow and this season caught 54 passes for 763 yards and nine touchdowns to lead the Badgers. The 6-4, 250-pounder was named the offensive MVP in Snow's recent bowl win over Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College in the Top of the Mountain Bowl played last Saturday.

The Cowboys beat Washington State in the recruitment of Tea and it is the Cougars again that had Frischknecht in for a visit last weekend. "Those guys have a good thing going out there," Frischknecht said after his visit. "I really liked it and I'd say there's a good chance I'll go to Washington State."

However, those comments were made before the Cowboys got involved. California, Iowa and Rice have also shown interest in Frischknecht.

Are the Cowboys after another inside technique at defensive tackle? The Cowboys may be making a late run at Garden City (Kan.) Community College defensive tackle Shukree Barfield. The 6-4, 310-pound Barfield is originally from Camden, N.J., and is being recruited by Nebraska, Kentucky, Louisville, Rutgers and recently visited South Florida. The departure of defensive line coach and ace recruiter John Blake from Nebraska to North Carolina could hurt the Huskers.

Barfield's mother told me Wednesday night that he gets no reception with his cell phone in Garden City. She is also curious where he will end up and said he is expected home for Christmas break on Monday. She said that is when she expects to find out what the situation is.

One additional name on the high school level that we dismissed but have discovered is a very viable option is versatile athlete Sam Proctor of Pearland, Texas. Proctor is a 6-1, 200-pounder that runs a legit 4.5 in the 40-yard dash. He played quarterback for former OSU assistant Tommy Kaiser at Pasadena Dobie High School before moving to Pearland. He could be a running back, wide receiver or a safety on defense where he has proven to have good ball skills and will make a hit. The competition is fierce with bowl opponent Alabama, OU, LSU, Florida and Texas A&M having either offered or shown interest. The expectation is that he will visit Stillwater on Jan. 12.

The list of players the Cowboys are recruiting or have verbal commitments from that are still playing is longer than any in recent or distant memory. Oklahoma State is still looking for safeties and wide receivers in the class, and also a running back. Some of those will be in action on Saturday.

In Class 5A in the Division I semifinals the above mentioned Sam Proctor will help lead Pearland against Austin Westlake at 2 p.m. at Kyle Field at College Station.

Class 4A Division II has a semifinal matchup of potential college teammates with OSU defensive tackle commitment Tyrell Higgins and Schertz Clemens taking on Cowboy safety recruit James Thomas and LaMarque. The game kicks off at 3 p.m. in Cypress-Fairbanks Berry Stadium.

Celina defensive tackle Jamie Blatnick has already made a verbal commitment to stay in orange in college and play for the Cowboys. He and his Celina teammates tackle Vernon in a Class 3A Division II semifinal at 4 p.m. in Denton's Collins Stadium.

Cowboy wide receiver commitment Damian Davis is a 6-5 target and a speedster that also returns punts and kickoffs. Davis and Mart play Lexington in a Class 2A semifinal game at 6 p.m. at Wildcat Stadium in Temple.

Finally, the Tatum pair of running back Lennon Creer and wide receiver Darnius Moore go for another state championship on Saturday when they face Littlefield in the Class 2A Division I title game at 6 p.m. in Aledo. Both Creer and Moore have been targeted by the Cowboys since the recruiting on this class began.

Having that many prospects and commitments involved this deep in the playoffs is a huge positive even if it slows down their recruitment or delays their visiting Stillwater.

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