Recruiting: Cowboys Looking At Arkansas Duo

It is tough to recruit good players out of Arkansas but Oklahoma State pulled it off a year ago when it signed White Hall High School athlete Adrian Moore. Now the OSU coaching staff is back at White Hall with an eye on two jumbo offensive line prospects in Brett Craine and Nick Partridge.

Craine is a 6-6, 290-pounder that played defensive line last season and is transitioning to offensive tackle. Partridge is a 6-5, 310-pound offensive tackle that is likely to wind up as an offensive guard in college. Both are starting to get a lot of attention.

"Oh yes sir, I like having the coaches here at my practices," said Craine. "That really motivates me to perform that much better and it is exciting. It has really picked up in the last three days. I've had three offers in three days."

Craine has received scholarship offers from Missouri State and several small schools in Arkansas. The same for Partridge, but the big schools are moving in now.

"It has picked up lately," said Partridge. There were four college coaches here today and there were three here yesterday. I know I've talked to Coach (Doug) Meacham and Coach (Joe) Wickline from Oklahoma State, yesterday I talked to Coach Horton from Arkansas, and today I spoke with Coach Perkins from Louisiana-Monroe."

Craine also plays basketball and Partridge previously played basketball but now sticks with football and throwing the shot and discus in track and field.

The schools interested in these two athletic big men (Craine runs a 5.2 electronic timed 40-yard dash and Partridge runs a 5.3) are similar. Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Louisiana Tech, and Louisiana-Monroe. Missouri State offered both and Tennessee has shown interest in Craine, while Partridge is getting lots of attention from Tulsa.

Both players said that Oklahoma State is at the top of their wish list and that they wouldn't mind going to school together.

"Oklahoma State proabably is at the top of my list," said Craine. "I kind of want to leave Arkansas. Coach Wickline and Coach Meacham, I like the way they talk and go about things. Also, Coach Wickline said that if I came there would be four seniors on the offensive line my freshman season and that the chance to play early would be there."

Partridge said, "Oklahoma State is at the top of my list, and I grew up an Arkansas Razorback fan. I really think I want to wait to commit until after my senior season, but if Oklahoma State offered I might have to go ahead and commit. I know we're going over there on June 8 to their one-day camp and if we look like we do on film, Coach Wickline said there could be an offer.

"The way I look at it, I'd love to play college ball with Brett because he's been my teammate and we really get along. I think colleges look at it as a double whammy. If they like both of us, it is a bonus."

Craine plans on majoring in biology with the idea of going on to pharmacy school and being a pharmacist. Partridge, who has a 345-pound bench press and a 560-pound max on the squat, says he will major in business and maybe specialize in accounting.

Both players plan on being in Stillwater on June 8 for the one-day camp.

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