Recruiting: A Few New J.C. Prospects

It is now anticipated that Mike Gundy and the Oklahoma State staff will end up trying to sign very close to a full class of 25 prospects on the first Wednesday in February, or earlier. Earlier? That's right the Cowboys likely wouldn't mind collecting some early signatures on the junior college signing day in December.

Oklahoma State coaches have been checking out junior college talent to more rapidly fill some holes on the Cowboy roster. Several OSU coaches have been hitting the junior college trail on weeks that the staff has declared as recruiting days. You get several weeks during the season to go out on the road for continued evaluation.

It's no secret that Oklahoma State is looking for help on the defensive line, at both end and tackle, but the emphasis is on defensive tackle. We also would speculate that signing an offensive tackle and a safety could be in the plans. The net is likely pretty wide right now in finding that help, but checking the junior college ranks ourselves we found six prime prospects that would fit the Cowboys needs.

Andrew Mitchell grew up and played his high school football in Choctaw, Okla., but his football and religious path have taken him far away from Oklahoma. A tight end for the Yellow Jackets in high school, Mitchell was a prospect out of high school at the lower Division I level. The 6-5, 300-pound offensive tackle is now a major Division I prospect.

After high school, Mitchell went to Dixie Junior College in Utah as a tight end. After one season he chose to go on his two-year Mormon mission. After he finished his mission he went to Snow Community College , and redshirted as a tight end.

During that redshirt season he started thinking about switching positions. Mitchell beefed up some 45 pounds and added strength in the weight room, and took himself from an average tight end to an above average athletic offensive tackle. This season he is crushing opposing defensive linemen and linebackers in helping Snow to the number one position in the junior college polls.

Mitchell is physical, has great quickness for his size, and finishes blocks well, usually on top of the defender. He has also not allowed a sack this season.

The need for help on the defensive line is obvious as the Cowboys have been thin this season at tackle and starters Maurice Cummings (DT), and ends Nathan Peterson and Marque Fountain all graduate. The rest of the prospects we have found all play somewhere on the defensive line.

Emmanuel Stephens is an All-Southwest Prep candidate at defensive end at Blinn Junior College . The 6-3, 250-pound Stephens is originally out of Houston Waltrip High School. He has a 325-pound bench press and 550-pound squat with a 32-inch vertical jump. He plays as hard as any player you will find in the junior college ranks and is extremely quick off the ball.

Broderick Marshall is a 6-3 1/2, 290-pound defensive tackle at another Southwest Prep school, Tyler Junior College. The native of Austin , Texas, is strong, fast for his size, gets off blocks really well, and has lateral quickness that you don't find in many defensive tackles.

Tim McGee is considered one of the premier defensive tackle prospects in the junior college ranks. The native of Columbia , S.C., and Ridgeview High School is 6-4, 295 pounds. Now at East Mississippi Junior College, McGee is strong enough to really battle and get off blocks. He has great push in the middle and almost always draws double teams from opposing offensive lines. He is perfect to use as a shade technique inside where he can control a gap.

It has been rare that Oklahoma State goes out West and draws junior college prospects from California. The last may have been offensive lineman Jorge Arcero (1996-98). On the other side of the ball, Feather River Community College teammates Jarvis Geathers and Jonathan Davis could possibly help shore up defensive line depth.

Geathers is the son of former Atlanta Falcons lineman Jumpy Geathers. The 6-4, 250-pound defensive end is fast off the edge of the defensive line and plays with a high motor. His numbers this season have been excellent. In the opener against Fresno City College he had 7 tackles and 2.5 sacks. The next week against Butte he had 6 tackles and 1 tackle for a loss. Against Sierra College he had 11 tackles, a tackle for a loss, and a half sack. He had 8 tackles and a season-high 3.5 sacks against Siskiyous. He added 3.5 tackles for loss against Shasta College .

Davis is a 6-4, 280-pound defensive tackle that is a classic three technique that plays as a major influencer inside giving teammates plenty of opportunities. He can also make plays himself and had 4 tackles and 1.5 sacks against Fresno . His top defensive game came against Siskiyous when he registered 8 tackles (extremely high for a tackle) and 1.5 sacks. The next week against Shasta he again had 8 tackles, a tackle for a loss, and a half sack.

Keep an eye out because junior college recruiting will heat up soon with official visits and that early signing day coming up in December.

Cowboys Junior College Possibilities
Jonathan Davis, DT, 6-4, 280, 5.1, Feather River C.C., Calif.
Jarvis Geathers , DE , 6-4, 250, 4.8, Feather River C.C., Calif.
Tim McGee, DT, 6-4, 295, 5.2, East Mississippi C.C., Miss.
Broderick Marshall, DT, 6-3 ½, 290, 5.1, Tyler J.C., Texas
Andrew Mitchell, OT, 6-5, 300, 5.0, Snow C.C., Utah/Choctaw, Okla.
Emmanuel Stephens, DE, 6-3, 250, 4.85, Blinn J.C., Texas

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