Recruiting: Analysis Of Weekend Visitors

This is a defensive weekend for Oklahoma State, make no mistake about it. While there are plenty of committed players coming in for their official visit - the likes of Justin Horton, Dajuan Davis, Lane Taylor, Alfred DuPree, and Jeremy Gray - there are also some key prospects that are uncommitted that have the potential to help on the defensive side of the football.

Donald Booker is a first-team All-American (NJCAA and Gridwire) linebacker that did commit to the Cowboys. Defensive coordinator Tim Beckman will be looking for another to assist Booker in the fall as both Patrick Trahan out of Northwest Mississippi Junior College and J.R. Bryant out of Garden City (Kans.) C.C. come in for visits.

It is a less than well kept secret that another linebacker would be considered the finishing touch on an impressive juco recruiting class for the Cowboys that has seven players already on campus and preparing for offseason and spring football workouts.

Trahan is a little more athletic and has a bit more speed. Bryant is more of an inside backer that has good speed but is also a gap guy inside.

The other two defensive prospect that are uncommitted and visiting are high school players. Alonzo Whaley is a linebacker that OSU started working hard on last spring. He is a solid player that probably couldn't step in and contribute as much immediately as one of the juco guys but he is a player you would have for 4 to 5 years.

Gooden is a big safety that also has offensive potential. Gooden is another prep standoutr that OSU has recruited from the beginning in this class. This time of year, the first player to say all in gets the spot and there aren't many seats left on the Cowboy recruiting express.

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