Cowboy Prospect Camp: Offensive Players

STILLWATER - Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy and his coaching staff welcomed 106 players on campus Sunday afternoon for a prospect camp. The players got a black Nike pro fit undershirt with Oklahoma State football printed on it but more importantly they were practiced for close to two hours as if they were already Cowboy football players.

The prospects had the opportunity to show their talents and skills to the OSU staff as the coaching staff tries to make some tough and serious decisions in a year where they have only 15 to 16 scholarships available.

Gundy strolled the stadium and the practice field eyeballing the players gathered and commented that this group "passed the eye test overall," and looked a lot better than the camp groups he and his staff welcomed on campus three years ago.

Sitting up in the stands watching was Tulsa Union standout running back Jeremy Smith, the Cowboys' first commitment in the 2009 recruiting class. Smith laughed when he was asked about Owasso offensive lineman and recent OSU commitment Brandon Webb saying he got lots of calls from Smith who was recruiting him to come to OSU.

Smith spent some time talking Sunday with Jenks cornerback Gabe Lynn. Lynn, one of the highest rated players at any position in the nation, has a load of offers but has consistently and constantly maintained contact and interest in Oklahoma State. Smith said he'd like to have his high school rival on his side in college.

Lynn participated in some drills and looked as you would expect, superior in his talent. Lynn is so smooth with his feet and the way he is able to move and change direction.

Sunday's camp included some speed and agility work with 40-yard dash instruction, pro agility, and cone drills. There was some station work with change of direction drills, "M"drill, back pedals, and more. Then the final hour of the workout was devoted to position work and finally a little group work with 7-on-7, and linemen working pass pro.

The Oklahoma State coaching staff is heading to Texas for some camp activities Monday and then will hold an OSU satellite camp in Ardmore, Okla., on Tuesday afternoon with the goal of attracting some of the talent in east and north Texas to southern Oklahoma for that prospect camp. The staff comes home for a three-day camp with the high-school aged players on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Here is a look, position by position, at the prospects attending Sunday's camp. Obviously, you can't be everywhere all the time, but we feel like we have a good feel for what went on in Stillwater.

The anticipation was to see how OKlahoma State baseball alum and Major Leaguer Mickey Tettleton's son would do. Tyler Tettleton does not have to live in his father's shadow as he has developed into a standout high school quarterback in Oklahoma. He has been very impressive in overcoming a knee injury that took him out of his junior season at Norman (Okla.) North.

Tettleton is listed at 6-1 to 6-2, but it was clearer today out of pads that he is shy of 6-0. That is not a negative to some and he impressed the OSU staff right away with his speed covering the 40-yard dash in a best of 4.55 and showing to be a legitimate 4.6 or better.

Throwing the football, Tettleton got off to a good start and made all of his short tosses sharp and on the money. He floated some of his longer throws but was consistently good. He completed a couple of precise throws against coverage too. Tettleton gave the Cowboy coaches plenty to think about.

Another impressive quarterback was Taylor McBane of Savanna, Okla. McBane has been to a lot of OSU games as a prospect and camps too. He has good size, standing about 6-3, and he throws a pretty tight ball. He also shows some athleticism. McBane is somebody to keep an eye on.

Keep an eye on North Crowley, Texas prospect Tyrone Norsworthy, who is just a junior. He may not be a quarterback but he is a good size athlet with speed that you can certainly see converting to wide receiver or defense. Two other quarterbacks that showed up and passed the eye test looking solid on throws were Enid's Clint Chelf and Sterling Koons of Tuttle. Of course, Koons teammate from last season, tight end Cooper Bassett, is heading to Stillwater and OSU.

Running Backs
Oklahoma State is only looking for one running back in the 2009 class and he was sitting in the stands watching. Even with Jeremy Smith committed, the Cowboys had several backs there and some could be prospects for 2010.

There was a fullback in Liqour Lockhart from North Crowley, Texas. Lockhart is a 2010 guy and pretty heavy set, yet he amazed everybody there when he took off and did a long succession of back hand springs. The exhibition, which showed that Lockhart is a pretty good athlete, caused OSU co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Trooper Taylor to go crazy. "I didn't know we had cheerleaders out here," laughed Taylor.

Among the running backs that passed the eye test were Salina (Kans.) Central fullback Taylor Counts, Houston (Westbury) (Texas) Chris Bernard, Grant Goodwin of Jenks (Okla.), and Jacques Washington of Owasso (Okla.).

Wide Receivers
Trooper Taylor was really getting after a big group of wide receivers. Taylor told them, "You paid your money, so you are going to be coached as if that said Oklahoma State across your jersey," said Taylor. He then noticed and asked, "What does that say across your shirts?" Told it was Oklahoma State, he said, "You see."

The Cowboys won't take many, if any, wide receivers in this class because they don't lose hardly any and are very young at the position. Jeremy Broadway is the only senior wide receiver. One they could look at and showed up well in the practice was Oklahoma City Douglass product Destin Stewart. Stewart, along with Tulsa East Central wide receiver Chris Williams, made several big catches. Stewart made one over a recever that drew crazy praise from Taylor and a chest bump.

Tulsa Union's Anthony Foster caught the ball well and had good speed, and the tandem of Troy Griffin and Ke'Von Williams from Houston Westbury were also sharp in the drills and the 7-on-7 work. Terrance Crumley is another young prospect from North Crowley (Texas) that was impressive and Putnam City North's Josh Booker, who is also a standout running back, caught the ball well.

Tight Ends
The Cowboys aren't really recruiting a tight end, although they do have an offer with Oklahoma City McGuinness standout Gabe Ikard. There were no tight ends at the camp Sunday leaving tight end coach Dough Meacham wandering around to eyeball the other position groups.

Offensive Line
The three most plentiful positions were offensive line, defensive backs, and wide receivers. The Cowboys just gained a major commitment from Owasso All-State offensive lineman Brandon Webb, and Sunday offensive line coach Joe Wickline got a look at plenty of other talented prospects.

Gavin Howard, one of Webb's teammates, was in Stillwater. Howard showed good size and moved well. In the pass pro drill he matched up with talented defensive lineman Kenneth Garrett of Crooked Oak and the two put on a good show. Garrett is 6-5 with long arms and Howard did a good job of maintaining contact. Those two were solid and fun to watch. Howard will have to be a guy under consideration.

Two offensive line prospects from White Hall High School near Pine Bluff, Ark., in attendance were there Brett Craine and Nick Partridge. Both are big, with Craine really a tall and lean offensive lineman that looks like what OKlahoma State has been putting on the field. Both showed up well in drills and Craine had a really nice effort in his final go at pass pro.

We thought we would see him on defensive line but Trent Dupy of Enid, who just the past few days picked up an offer from the University of Tulsa, played center with the first offensive line group and was impressive with his use of his hands and his footwork. Dupy could end up being on the defensive line but he also could get looks at center.

Cade Collins of Chandler was listed as an offensive tackle or defensive end, but he gets a vote from us for tackle. He was outstanding in pass pro with his feet and drew compliments from Wickline, which isn't an automatic.

Former Oklahoma State All-Big Eight offensive lineman Craig Simmons was at the camp helping with the linemen and Simmons, who is now at Broken Arrow with head coach Ron Lancaster, was also supporting his student Alvin Bailey, who is considered a big-time prospect in the state. Bailey may not be in game shape but he showed up well in drills and is a big, strong player.

A couple of other guys to mention are Austin Sumrall of Katy Texas, Keenan Taylor of Tulsa Washington, Cayle Newton of Norman North, and Cameron Pound of Westmoore. They all passed the eye test and held their own or better in drills. Overall, the size and the quality of the offensive linemen was as good as seen in sometime at an Oklahoma State camp. There were a lot of impressive prospects.

There was also one watching in Cody Hughes, the former Moore and current Norman North offensive tackle. Hughes, who is a solid prospect, will have his knee scoped next week for minor damage. It is something that shouldn't keep him out of workouts for more than a week or two and then he'll be back getting ready for the upcoming season. Hughes is a good prospect that has a high interest in Oklahoma State.


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