Recruiting: Lots Of Talent At OSU Sunday

There were close to 160 senior and junior high school football players on the Oklahoma State campus Sunday afternoon for a one-day mini camp. Most of the athletes were from Oklahoma but there were several that came from surrounding states.

Following the registration and the passing out of camp shirts (Nike Orange dri-fit workout shirts) the campers came out looking like a team as they participated in speed training exercises and then broke off into position groups for drills before coming back together for group work.

The tight ends may have been the most impressive as a group with the likes of Kansas State commitment Cooper Bassett of Tuttle, Norman North's K.J. Williams, Joseph Horton of Henderson, Texas, and Ferbie Allen from Pine Bluff, Ark. All four of that group -- which also included promising junior-to-be Gabe Ikard of Oklahoma City Bishop McGuinness -- ran well. A physical group they also caught the ball well throughout drills.

"I thought it went pretty good," said Bassett. "We did have a good group and there was good competition. It took me a while to warm up, but once I did I felt I did good."

He must have, because Bassett, who has been committed to Kansas State for a couple of months, said Oklahoma State has now offered him. "They offered me before I went up there and my parents wanted me to see it," said Bassett. "I liked it and it gives me something to think about between now and next February (signing day), but for now I am still committed."

The running backs also had a lot of talent although Lawton Ike's Harrison Jeffers, who is committed to Texas Tech, had to limit his participation because of a hamstring injury. Guthrie's multi-talented athlete Kye Staley went with the running backs, one of the two positions OSU has talked about him playing.

"I thought it was fun and that was really my first camp," said Staley, who was also there with teammate and cornerback Israel Escoe. "It was fun and there was lots of all around talent and it was good to work in a situation like that. There were a lot of good guys and everybody was friendly."

Staley was obviously a standout athletically as he ran well, caught the ball well, and looked good in group work. He said he also plans on going to a similar camp at Kansas State this summer.

Among the linemen Tulsa Washington offensive lineman John Williams is a very impressive looking athlete, a really big lineman but athletic at the same time. Pierre Alexander of Midwest City Carl Albert is not real tall, but the senior-to-be defensive tackle does a good job, as much as you can see in non-pad drills, of getting off blocks and moving around.

After spending a good portion of time watching the tight ends, running backs, linemen on both sides, and linebackers on the practice field we went back in the stadium and caught some of the most competitive drills with the seven-on-seven going on with the quarterbacks, wide receivers and defensive backs. One of the standout juniors was Norman North quarterback Tyler Tettleton. He was joined by several teammates, including Beau Blankenship (running back that did not participate) and former Cowboy baseball player Jim Traber's son. He is a linebacker.

Speaking of former Cowboys, "Cowboy" Rick Antle's son, Taylor, is a wide receiver that has deceptive speed and catches the ball very well.

On the defensive side of things two standouts from neighboring schools in Midwest City showed up well. John Flanders showed great speed in the speed training work early and then looked good in seven-on-seven work. "It went right," said Flanders of the camp. "I worked at defensive back and there was good competition."

Flanders said he doesn't plan on any camps right now except team camp with Midwest City and lifting and running this summer.

Joe Stoner, a football and basketball state champion this past year at Carl Albert, also went defensive at the camp playing safety. "It went good," said Stoner. "I thought I was a little sluggish but I got into it after a couple of reps and thought I did good. I've got a camp at SMU in July and also at Texas A&M."

The attendance was good and so was the talent. It's not the end all, but it did close out all of the Cowboys camps except a specialists camp for kickers, punters, and snappers next Friday, and more than 900 high school athletes participated in camps with the Oklahoma State coaching staff.

Senior Prospects Spotted at OSU Sr./Jr. Camp
Pierre Alexander, DT, 6-0, 270, Midwest City (Carl Albert), Okla.
Ferbie Allen, TE, 6-4, 225, 4.7, Pine Bluff (Dollarway), Ark.
Taylor Antle, WR, 6-3, 175, 4.55, Foyil , Okla.
Cooper Bassett, TE/DE, 6-5, 235, 4.7, Tuttle , Okla. – committed to KSU
Cain Brien, OL, 6-5, 265, na, Thomas , Okla.
Chaz Daniels, WR, 5-7, 160, 4.4, Ada , Okla.
Dolphin Davis, CB, 6-0, 170, Tulsa (Washington), Okla.
Kenny Davis, QB, 6-3, 205, na, Adair , Okla.
Cornelius Douglas, CB, 5-9, 180, 4.5, Lawton , Okla.
Israel Escoe, CB, 6-1, 175, 4.5, Guthrie, Okla.
John Flanders, CB, 5-10, 170, 4.4, Midwest City , Okla.
Justin Horton, TE, 6-4, 220, 4.5, Henderson , Tex.
Harrison Jeffers, RB, 5-9, 210, 4.5, Lawton (Eisenhower), Okla. - committed to Texas Tech
Steffan Jones, S, 6-1 ½, 175, 4.72, Ada , Okla.
Chika Madu, RB/DB, 5-11, 175, 4.5, Norman (Norman North), Okla.
Gabe Moyer, OL, 6-2, 300, na, Oklahoma City (Bishop McGuinness), Okla.
Chris Porter, RB, 5-9, 170, 4.5, Lawton , Okla.
Hezekiah Robinson, CB, 6-0, 175, 4.5, Midwest City , Okla.
Kye Staley, QB/RB/LB/DB, 6-0, 200, 4.5, Guthrie , Okla.
Joe Stoner, QB/RB/DB, 5-10, 190, 4.5, Midwest City (Carl Albert), Okla.
Nico Watson, QB/WR/DB, 5-11, 175, 4.5, Oklahoma City (Putnam City), Okla.
John Williams, OL, 6-4, 330, na, Tulsa ( Washington ), Okla.
K.J. Williams, TE/DE/LB, 6-4, 240, 4.7, Norman (Norman North), Okla.

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