Recruiting: Visit Weekend Preview

It's a little different than last weekend when the Oklahoma State Cowboys welcomed in 10 visitors and four of those uncommitted. By the way, Garden City linebacker J.R. Bryant is set to announce his decision tomorrow. Most feel with Curtis Lofton's departure to the NFL that OU has the advantage as Bryant decides between OU, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech.

Of the other three uncommitted prospects that visited Oklahoma State last weekend, count Patrick Trahan out, while prep linebacker Alonzo Whaley of Madisonville, Texas is a strong possibility and the Cowboys are in on defender Zaviar Gooden of Pflugerville, Texas, but with Gooden there is loads of competition with Missouri, OU,and Kansas.

This weekend it appears there are just three official visitors making the trip to Stillwater, and that includes Oklahoma Player of the Year Kye Staley, who led Guthrie to the Class 5A state championship.

Staley committed to OSU in August and is still committed, but like many recruits that have been committed for a long time is getting wondering eyes. The 6-0, 215-pound future running back has also scheduled a visit to Arkansas for next weekend. The Cowboys' task with Staley this weekend is to seal the deal.

Staley was in Stillwater for last weekend's big visit weekend and went to both the Cowboy men's and Cowgirl women's basketball games. He was seen celebrating on the court after the Cowgirls knocked off rival Oklahoma. Staley, who has close to 9,000 yards of total offense in his career and 134 touchdowns, shouldn't take that much convincing. He wants to see academics and build relationships this weekend.

Staley will be joined by fellow commitment in all-purpose back Travis Miller or Marlin, Texas. Last season as a junior Miller was an all-district running back in District 22-2A. This season he was voted an all-district wide receiver with nearly 700 receiving yards. He has sub-4.4 speed and at 5-10, 185 pounds has a pretty good frame. Miller has been solid every step of the way while being recruited by tight ends coach Doug Meacham.

The new shooter or new name is linebacker Steve Greer of Solon, Ohio. Greer has seen his stock climb and he will visit Oklahoma State this week and North Carolina next week. This past week Maryland started showing interest. He has great fundamentals and is very aggressive. He followed up 128 tackles last season with 150 stops this season and two interceptions and two fumble recoveries. Greer is 6-2, 219 pounds with 4.7 speed.

The key this weekend is locking down Staley and Miller. Greer will be interesting as Oklahoma is a long way from Ohio, but you get the feeling this young man is pretty mature and that if he feels that OSU is the best place for him he won't hesitate and won't get homesick.

There are no on campus sporting events this weekend, so plenty of time for everybody to get to know each other and knowing the OSU coaching staff and recruiting organizers they might just sneak in another meal. The food seems to be really wooing them in Stillwater.

One committed Cowboy will be on the recruiting trail elsewhere as Texas City, Texas standout Johnny Thomas, who visited Mississippi last week, will be in Arkansas this weekend. Thomas says he is still an OSU commitment but needs to look around. UCLA and Oregon State both recently came in and added offers to Thomas.

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