Recruiting: Visit Weekend Preview-Jan. 25

Everybody wants a surprise about this time of the recruiting season. There doesn't look to be any surprises on the visit list this weekend as verbal commitments Brodrick Brown, the District 16-5A Defensive MVP from Spring Westfield High School near Houston, and Quinn Sharp, the top high school kicking prospect in the nation out of Mansfield Summit, are ready to make their official visits.

Tight end prospect Jamal Mosley of Memphis, Tenn., has seen his stock rise dramatically down the stretch in recruiting with the likes of North Carolina, Mississippi, Kentucky and Oklahoma State battling for his attention. Mosley, a big fan of OSU tight end Brandon Pettigrew, makes his visit this weekend.

There have been rumors of surprises like Tennessee linebacker commitment Gerald Williams out of San Francisco City College, and other possible visit crashers this weekend, but it sure doesn't look like any surprises will be in Stillwater this weekend.

Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy and his staff are sitting on 26 members of the 2008 recruiting class. Of course, eight of those are already on campus in seven junior college signees and one high school early enrollee in Markelle Martin. No surprises with that group as they are done.

There are 18 other prospects, mostly high school along with J.C. All-American linebacker Donald Booker out of Navarro (Texas) J.C. Defensive coordinator Tim Beckman would like to add to that junior college total with Garden City (Kans.) C.C. All-American linebacker J.R. Bryant who is set to announce his Division I destination at 1 p.m. Friday, choosing either the Cowboys, Oklahoma or Texas Tech.

Should Bryant say no to OSU that would open up another spot in the class for high school linebacker Steve Greer out of Solon, Ohio. Greer is another prospect that has seen his stock jump after a stellar season with 150 tackles.

After getting one of the prospects they were hoping to finish with this week in Victor Johnson out of Waco High in Texas the coaching staff is working to close out on a few others. Assistant coach Doug Meacham recruited Johnson, according to one source the top safety prospect in Texas, and Meacham is also working on Pflugerville, Texas safety Zaviar Gooden. Gooden has visited OSU and Missouri and will visit OU this week and Kansas the next.

Meacham is also recruiting Mosley, who is on that list of finishing candidates.

Curtis Luper has one of the prime prospects in Camden, Ark., running back De'Anthony Curtis. Curtis is listed as a soft commit to Arkansas, but he says Oklahoma State is a factor and he is visiting Ole Miss this week and Texas Tech the final visit weekend.

OSU associate head coach and special teams coordinator Joe DeForest is in the position of preserving a pair of committed players that Cowboy fans are focused on. Top Oklahoma high school performer and Guthrie standout Kye Staley has been committed to OSU since August but wants to take a visit. He'll go to Arkansas this weekend where new coach Bobby Petrino and his staff are expected to put on the hard sell.

Another DeForest commitment, Texas City athlete Johnny Thomas, is making multiple visits to Ole Miss, TCU and now Arkansas. Staley and Thomas both appear solid. Staley's coach and mother say he is heading to OSU. It is never a lock when a prospect is still taking visits. This is where a surprise would not be good.

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