Recruiting: OSU's Top Texas Targets

We all know that the most critical recruiting territory for Mike Gundy and the Oklahoma State coaching staff is south of the Red River in Texas. Gundy's first class had 12 Texans in it compared to three Oklahomans. The next recruiting class in 2006 had 18 products from the Lone Star State tothree3 players from Oklahoma. Last year's recruiting class had a 15-to-3 ratio of Texans over Oklahomans.

It is not that the Cowboys staff doesn't want to recruit the home state players, but unless Oklahoma State can get those among the best in the state then it is a better proposition to go to Texas where there are many more players available.

That means making the contacts in Texas is extremely important, which has become more difficult after the Big 12 voted to keep the OSU staff from continuing to operate their satellite camps in Texas. The Cowboys coaches spent a lot of time in Texas during the spring evaluation period. There are so many more that Oklahoma State will continue to recruit, hope to see this summer in camps or unofficial visits, and ultimately gain commitments from.

The Cowboys' Top Texas Targets
(in alphabetical order)
Drew Allen, QB
6-5, 205, 4.8
San Antonio (Alamo Heights), Texas
Recently, Allen has been putting on shows in camps and combines having hit several including the Scout event, the Nike, and the Elite 11 for quarterbacks in Texas. As a junior, Allen passed for 2,589 yards and 28 touchdowns and added an additional 254 yards and five touchdowns on the ground to earn All-District honors. Allen has attended several Under Armor events and recently ran a 4.16 shuttle.

"I loved the events," Allen said. "They were well run and I got the opportunity to compete against some the best athletes in the state."

He said he has seen OSU assistant coach Glenn Spencer at his school and he has heard a lot of good things about OSU facilities. Allen has already scored a 26 on the ACT and has a 3.9 G.P.A on a 4.0 scale.

The Competition: Mississippi, Wake Forest, Auburn, Purdue, Texas Tech, SMU

Kevin Brent, DB
6-0, 200, 4.4
Dallas (South Oak Cliff), Texas
Along with Texas, Brent currently holds offers from Oklahoma State, OU, Nebraska, Missouri, Houston, TCU, Kansas and Texas Tech. The 5-foot-11, 196-pound Brent has wavered on a time frame for a decision over the past couple of months. In the beginning, he was talking about taking all of his visits, but he may have changed his mind over the last few weeks.

"He has kind of gone back and forth on that," said Dallas South Oak Cliff head coach Chris Gilbert. "In the beginning, he was talking about possibly taking all of his visits. Recently, he has made the comment that he may make a decision before the season starts. I just want him to feel comfortable with his decision."

According to Gilbert, Brent is a leader on his football team and already has a lot of the skills to be successful on the next level. "He's definitely one of our team leaders," Gilbert said. "He is such a good worker. He always puts forth great effort and has a great attitude. He has a lot of range and is a sure tackle guy. He is a physical player and can really tackle. I haven't seen a slot receiver block him yet."

The Competition: Houston, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, OU, TCU, Texas

Terrance Bullitt, DB
6-3, 185, 4.53
Garland (Naaman Forest), Texas
One of the top defensive back prospects in Texas, Bullitt is 6-3,185 pounds and boasts 4.53 speed in the forty, and has big time range from the safety position. Bullitt has a 245-pound bench press and a 35-inch vertical leap, and is a three-year starter for the Rangers.

He played a key role for a NFHS squad that posted a 9-3 record and advanced to the Class 5A area playoffs in 2007. Terrence had a solid junior season posting 95 tackles, 2 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries in earning second team all 10-5A honors. Bullitt describes his game as being physical and aggressive but says this summer his main focus will be on improving his skills in pass coverage.

Bullitt has several big time schools who have already offered including Arizona, Kansas, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Wisconsin, SMU, Rice and Southern Mississippi.

The Competition: Arizona, Kansas, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Texas Tech

Randall Dent, DL
6-5, 270, 4.9
Grand Prairie (South Grand Prairie), Texas
Dent is a tremendous athlete who also plays basketball. Last season he had 60 total tackles, five sacks, three fumbles recovered and two fumbles caused.

A lot of schools are pitching at him hard, but he did visit OSU early in February on a Junior Day. "At Oklahoma State I really liked it," continued Dent. "I liked the campus and the changes they are making to their facilities. Those are going to be very nice. I also know some of the players, Deron Fontenot and Richetti Jones. His dad coached me in pee-wee football."

The Competition: LSU, Texas, Kansas, Minnesota, OU, Oregon

Cody Green, QB
6-4, 210, 4.6
Dayton, Texas
The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Green only played in two games during his junior season after suffering torn ligaments in his right ankle. Green had surgery in late September and is now running and rehabbing his ankle. Green says he can bench press 315 pounds and squat 375 pounds.

Green's sophomore stats were 95 rushing attempts for 689 yards, averaging 7.3 yards per carry and four touchdowns. Passing, Green completed 61.4 percent of his passes for 1,429 yards, 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

The Competition: LSU, Texas A&M, Nebraska, Baylor, Houston, Miami, Mississippi State

Calvin Howell, DT
6-4, 295, 4.87
San Antonio (Marshall), Texas
"It is mind blowing," said Howell of the recruiting process that has seen him hit unofficial visits at Texas and OU and draw offers from 27 schools. "I have to stay humble, but I never thought it would be like this. I thought that I would have two or three schools to choose from. I'm still getting about three new offers a week and I get 40 to 50 letters a week, more like a day because I get 'em at school and then I go home."

When asked for an "A" list of the schools that have offered so far he offered up this list. "Texas, LSU, OKlahoma, I would say Oklahoma State makes the A list," added Howell. "Then there is Tennessee."

He added that he has seen a bunch of schools come by his school and they don't start spring football practice in pads until Monday. Howell just set the school record in the bench press with a max of 410 pounds and he has lowered his 40 best to 4.87 seconds.

The Competition: Texas, OU, TCU, LSU, Texas A&M

Darius Jones, WR
5-11, 175, 4.5
Marshall, Texas
Jones had a huge track season this past spring as he got his 100-meter dash time down to 10.51 seconds and improved his triple jump to 47.5 feet and his long jump to 23.5. That give you an idea of just what kind of athlete we're discussing with Jones.

He also has hinted that he is down to three schools favoring Texas A&M, LSU, and OU, yet he still talks with coaches from other schools and still says he is interested. Watching Jones' timetable will be interesting.

The Competition: Houston, La.Tech, LSU, OU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech

Jacob Karam, QB
6-2, 190, 4.7
Friendswood, Texas
The 6-foor-2, 203-pound Karam is up to six scholarship offers, and he is confident that more are coming. "I think that there will be a lot of scouts coming to see me and my teammates at spring practice," Karam said. "I'm real excited about all of the schools that say they are coming. I think a few more offers may come after that."

For the moment, Karam holds offers from Rice, Iowa State, Houston, Stanford, Arizona, and recently Missouri. Karam named no favorites, but did say that he favorable to the schools that have extended and offer to him. Last season, Karam threw for 1,951 yards and 25 touchdowns. He also had five rushing touchdowns.

The Competition: Arizona, Missouri, Houston, Rice, Stanford, Iowa State

Dexter Linton, DB
6-0, 180, 4.47
Arlington (Bowie), Texas
Linton has been getting more and more attention recently as he has solid stats with 103 total tackles made last season and 11 passes broken up. He will tell you that in the end it will be academics that will make the decision on where he goes to college.

"I want to be happy too," said Linton. "I have to have the right academics because I am going there to get my degree. That is going to happen."

Besides the schools offering and showing interest, Linton said he is going to summer camps at Louisville, Mississippi, and possibly Florida State.

The Competition: Houston, Kansas, Purdue, Texas Tech, Wisconsin

Stavion Lowe, OL
6-4, 295, 5.0
Brownwood, Texas
Lowe claims he doesn't have a leader among his 14 scholarship offers. "I really don't have any favorites right now," Lowe said. "They are all good schools and good choices. But it's been getting kind of crazy so I think I'll take my time and go on my visits during the fall. I probably won't wait too long though.

"I'd like to commit early during my season. I want a place where I'll have an opportunity to play early that's in a good environment and where I'm comfortable with the coaches. I also want to make sure they have a good grad rate and tradition."

The offers are from the likes of Texas A&M, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, OU, Texas Tech, Tennessee, Ole Miss, and Auburn.

Lowe is ranked as the No. 21 offensive tackle in the country by He benches 345 pounds, squats 485 and has a 27-inch vertical jump. "I have great footwork and I stay low," he said. "I'm great at pass protection. I play aggressive and smart and I try not to be too predictable.

"You can continue to get better at everything," he said. "I want to keep building my game and keep getting my speed better. I work out like two times a day in the weight room and am also doing a lot of footwork drills."

Lowe reports a 2.6 core GPA and took the ACT in April.

The Competition: Arkansas, Auburn, Notre Dame, OU, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Texas Tech

Jamarkus McFarland, DT
6-4, 280, 4.9
Lufkin, Texas
McFarland was the District 15-5A Defensive Player of the Year as a junior. That's a rare honor for an underclassman but a deserving one since he made 46 tackles, including 12 tackles for losses, despite opposing teams doing everything but build a wall between him and the plays they ran against Lufkin.

While he says he is open, he has listed Texas, LSU and OU as favorites but says he will not close the door on any others. McFarland has already been offered by Oklahoma State. The Cowboys made the offer last Sept. 1, and Nebraska, Florida, Texas A&M and Notre Dame followed suit quickly.

He has his bench press up over 400 pounds and his squat max is moving toward 450 pounds. As for his game plan during recruiting and who he plans on taking advice from, McFarland is going to keep it simple and keep it close.

"It's my mom," he said. "She is the starting block for everything in my life. I will get my advice from her like I always have. She has always had my best interest and I trust her. It will be whatever is best for me and my education."

The Competition: LSU, OU, Texas, Florida, Nebraska, Texas A&M

Austin Moss, LB
6-3, 208, 4.6
Rockwall (Heath), Texas
Austin Moss built up a huge résumé last season. The junior linebacker earned Class 5A All-State and All-Area honors. He was also All-District 10-5A and the District Defensive MVP while at South Garland. The linebacker finished with 142 tackles, 14 stops behind the line of scrimmage, five sacks, five fumbles caused, two fumble recoveries, and an interception.

The 6-3, 210-pound Moss runs a 4.64 in the 40-yard dash, and now he will make those plays and cover from sideline to sideline this season for Rockwall Heath High School. Moss' father, Mickey Moss, has moved his coaching title over to the District 10-4A school a little further east in the Metroplex.

"It's awesome," said Moss. "It has been a huge transition, but they have to be one of the top teams. There may not have as many skill players as there were at South Garland but they've still got plenty. It's been working out really well. A lot of these guys are really cool and I've enjoyed hanging out with them."

The Competition: Iowa State, Kansas, Louisville, TCU, Baylor,

Bryce Petty, QB
6-2, 205, 4.8
Midlothian, Texas
Petty completed 62 percent of his passes last season throwing for more than 2,200 yards and for 17 touchdowns. The Texas schools are working him quite a bit with Texas A&M and Baylor really getting after it. The word is that the Oklahoma State coaches are hoping to see him in one of their camps.

The Competition: Arkansas, LSU, OU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Baylor

Damion Smith, WR
6-1, 200, 4.5
Marshall, Texas
Smith is starting to pull down some major offers, but one school has really been working overtime on him in recruiting.

"Texas A&M," said Smith of the team showing the most interest. "They have offered me. All of my offers are from A&M, Baylor, U of H, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Louisiana Tech. I have already went to Oklahoma State. I went to their junior day. It was nice and I liked it. I got to talk to their coaches and all of that. They just built on to their football stadium and weight room."

Smith and his close friend and teammate Darius Jones have been talking about paying together on the next level as well, and they are looking at several schools.

"We are tight," Smith said of the relationship with his teammate. "We talk about playing at the same school together. Right now he has a couple of more offers than me. He has schools like LSU and Texas Tech."

The Competition: La.Tech, LSU, OU, Texas A&M

Charlie Thomas, DB
6-2, 190, 4.6
Beaumont (Central), Texas
The Competition: Kansas State, LSU, Notre Dame

GoPokes Top Stories