Recruiting: Biggest Weekend of Visits For OSU

There could be a weekend that might top it later in January, but you honestly hope not because that would mean that Oklahoma State did not get the mileage they are hoping for out of this weekend. Like last week it is a mix of high school and junior college prospects, and it includes more early commitments as only Tuttle tight end Cooper Bassett walked in the door last week having made a pledge.

The three committed players on their visits should help in the recruiting process this weekend, especially Stephenville, Texas quarterback Kody Spano, who will finish high school later this month and enroll early at Oklahoma State and be there for the offseason and spring football. Spano and Stephenville were upset in the playoffs by Wichita Falls Rider.

The other committed duo are both offensive players in speedy running back Travis Miller of Marlin, Texas, and one of the top wide receivers to come out of Mesquite High School in some time in Adrian Richards, who has size and speed.

The uncommitted players coming to the party this weekend are primarily on the defensive side of the football, as the theme is to beef up the defense, especially up front.

OSU associate head coach Joe DeForest came up big with the trio of players from Butler County Community College. It was his first stop on the road earlier the week after running back Beau Johnson (288 yards rushing and four touchdowns), cornerback Maurice Gray, and defensive tackle Swanson Miller were in Utah winning the national junior college championship with a 56-27 win over Snow Junior College in the snow.

Oklahoma State has offered all three of the Butler players and seems to lead on all three. The hardest to read is defensive tackle Swanson Miller, who is also looking at West Virginia and Texas Tech.

One prospect we are uncertain about is Dan Moore as the Joliet J.C. defensive tackle has been hard to reach. He has good size and good numbers with 40 tackles, nine tackles for loss, and six sacks. He also has a good list of schools courting his presence. The word is that both he and Miller fit what OSU defensive coordinator Tim Beckman is looking for up front.

There are two defensive ends visiting this weekend - Jarvis Geathers from California and Jeremiah Prince from Mississippi. Both are big-time, play-making defensive ends, a lot like David Bedford from last week's list of visitors. Oklahoma State is looking for some explosive maturity to help the youth at that position for next season.

One really good defensive end that can make plays to go with Derek Burton, Ugo Chinasa, and youngsters Richetti Jones and Jamie Blatnick would help. Geathers has great bloodlines as his father is Jumpy Geathers, who played for the Atlanta Falcons in the NFL. Price is a speedster with size that made plenty of plays for Jones County Community College.

Oklahoma State would also like to add a big hard-hitting safety and that is where Lucien Antoine comes in as he was one of the top tacklers in the Jayhawk Conference this past season playing for Fort Scott (Kans.) Community College. The Florida native has the size to come up and be a force against the run and also has shown he can play the pass.

The only other offensive junior college prospect in besides Johnson is All-American offensive tackle Andrew Mitchell. The former tight end in high school from Choctaw, Okla., saw the Butler trio last week playing for Snow in the Top of the Mountain Bowl. Mitchell has been to OSU on an unofficial and decided to come back for an official. Both sides appear very interested in each other.

On the high school level, Cowboys assistant head coach Curtis Luper spent a lot of time recruiting Camden (Fairview), Ark., running back De'Anthony Curtis before Curtis committed to Arkansas. The recent coaching change and inability for Arkansas to find someone to replace Houston Nutt has opened the door and Curtis, who is one of the top running back prospects in the country, is checking out the Cowboys. His defensive tackle teammate Lavunce Askew is also coming for a visit, but Askew was more committed it seemed to sticking with Arkansas when we interviewed him. It will be interesting to see what happens this weekend.

Justin Blackmon burst on the scene big this past season playing wide receiver, quarterback and safety at Ardmore Plainview. He is an explosive athlete and the Cowboys have offered, along with Colorado and Missouri in the Big 12. Oklahoma State is his first visit and the belief is that he wants to play his college football in his home state.

Adrian Bushell is a big-time defensive back prospect that has talked a lot about Miami in the past. That reminds us of Victor Johnson from Waco who visited last week and came away talking very strong about Oklahoma State.

Eric Lair is a strong tight end prospect that committed early to Minnesota. He told us that he really wants to check out Oklahoma State because it is closer to home and see if he gets the same feeling he got on his visit during the season to Minnesota.

A few commitments, especially from some of the junior college defenders, would be the desired goal coming out of the weekend. Strong prospects from last week's visit weekend that will decide soon are defensive tackle LeRoy Burgess of Georiga Military (he's visiting Kansas State this weekend) and defensive end David Bedford of Independence C.C. (West Virginia this weekend).

Visit List for Dec. 7-9 (16)
Previously Committed Prospects (3)
Travis Miller, RB, 5-11, 180, 4.4, Marlin, Texas
Verbally committed to OSU (12/7)

Adrian Richards, WR, 6-3, 185, 4.5, Mesquite , Texas
Verbally committed to OSU (12/7)

Kody Spano, QB, 6-3, 200, 4.7, Stephenville , Texas
Verbally committed to OSU (12/7)

Uncommitted Prospects (13)
Luciene Antoine, S, 6-2, 210, 4.5, Fort Scott C.C., Kan. /Coral Springs, Fla.
OSU (12/7), UL (12/14)
Notes: 72-40-112 total tackles, 3 tfl, 3 int., 2fr, 2fc, 1blk kick

Lavunce Askew, DT, 6-3, 260, 4.9, Camden ( Fairview ), Ark.
Verbally committed to Ark , OSU (12/7)
Notes: 71 total tackles, 26 tfl, 9 sacks

Justin Blackmon, WR/S, 6-2, 195, 4.5, Ardmore (Plainview), Okla.
Notes: 57rec-1,532-yards, 14TD; 19car-147-yards, 2TD; 37 total tackles, 7int, 4TD

Adrian Bushell, CB, 5-11, 180, 4.4, DeSoto , Texas
OSU (12/7), Cal, UF, UL, Mich , OU, A&M, Tech

De'Anthony Curtis, RB, 5-9, 200, 4.45, Camden ( Fairview ), Ark.
Verbally committed to Ark , OSU (12/7)

Jarvis Geathers , DE , 6-4, 235, 4.65, Feather River C.C., Calif..
OSU (12/7), NCSt, UNLV (12/14), UCF
Notes: 30-30-60 total tackles, 14.5tfl, 7 sacks, 1fr

Maurice Gray, CB, 5-10, 180, 4.5, Butler Co. C.C., Kan. /Warner-Robbins, Ga.
KU (11/16), ISU, OSU (12/7)
Notes: 36-10-46 total tackles, 3tfl, 4int

Beau Johnson, RB, 5-11, 214, 4.5, Butler Co. C.C., Kan. /Lawrenceville, Ga.
OSU (12/7)
Notes: 263c-1,756-yds, 6.5-ypc, 19TD, 80long, 139.4-ypg, 9 rec.-42-yds, TD, Offensive MVP in the J.C. National Championship Game

Eric Lair, TE, 6-4, 220, 4.6, Houston (Lamar), Texas
Verbally committed to Minn (10/19), OSU (12/7)

Swanson Miller, DT, 6-4, 330, 5.1, Butler Co. C.C., Kan. /St. Alachua, Fla.
WVU, OSU (12/7), Tech
Notes: 46-33-76 total tackles, 10tfl, 5.5 sacks, 1fr, 4fc

Andrew Mitchell, OL, 6-5, 305, 4.9, Snow J.C., Utah/Choctaw, Okla.
Ariz 11/16, ArizSt (11/17), OSU (11/22 unoff.-12/7 official) NCSt (11/24), KU

Dan Moore, DT, 6-2, 295, Joliet J.C., Ill. /O'Fallon (Township), Ill.
Ill, Iowa , ISU, OSU (12/7), Minn, Wis
Notes: 19-21-40 total tackles, 9tfl, 6 sacks, 2fc

Jeremiah Price, DE, 6-4, 245, 4.7, Jones County C.C. , Miss. /Collins Miss.
UL (12/1), OSU (12/7), KSU
34-18-52 total tackles, 5.5 tfl, 9.5 sacks, 3fc

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