Recruiting: Record Turnout For Half-Day Camp

STILLWATER - Every school has one and they go by a variety of names because the NCAA doesn't permit prospect camps. Some schools call them elite camps, senior-junior camps, high school evaluation camps, or something similar. Oklahoma State just called its event Sunday afternoon a half-day high school camp.

They could have also called it full as there were 130 mostly seniors, some juniors, and a few sophomores that toured the West End Zone football facilities, heard from head coach Mike Gundy and the Cowboys coaching staff, and worked out in front of the coaches with running, agility drills, ball drills, and some one on one competition.

We believe 130 players is more than we've ever seen at past camps similar to this one. Among that group were a number of highly regarded prospects and a few sleepers may have been discovered.

Besides all the players that were in the camp including committed players such as wide receivers Kevin Johnson and Montra Nelson. They were actually the only two committed players that worked out in the camp.

In Stillwater earlier but leaving before the start of the camp was newly committed linebacker Kris Catlin of San Antonio (Madison), Texas. Catlin was there with a pair of his Madison High teammates that have been offered by the Cowboys in wide receiver Nate Askew (6-5, 220, 4.55) and star linebacker Tommie Saunders (6-3, 195, 4.6).

There was another pair of committed players in town that did not participate in quarterback Johnny Deaton of Sand Springs, Texas and linebacker Caleb Lavey of Celina, Texas.

Also on hand for the camp, actually arriving earlier in the morning was Powder Springs (Hillgrove), Ga. safety/star linebacker Synjyn Days (6-2, 205, 4.48). Days is in Stillwater checking out the campus and the football program and will stay for a few more days, according to his previous statements to us.

With so many prospects on hand for the camp, we had to pick and choose who we watched, and we move around quite a bit. NCAA rules discourage contact between the media and prospects while they are on a campus for any recruiting event or camp, so we kept our distance from the players.

We'll start with our evaluation of the two committed wide receivers. We tried to clock both Kevin Johnson and Montra Nelson in the forty, but it was tough from the stands. There is no doubt Johnson is sub 4.5 and we'll leave it at that. His final forty was well below 4.5 as he jumped the starting whistle.

We had Nelson at 4.61 and 4.62 which is very unofficial. Both athletes move well and catch the ball well. Johnson is so smooth in the way he moves and he had a fan club there with his father, mother, step-mother, and little sister all watching from the stands at Boone Pickens.

The Johnsons were having a good time conversing with popular hard core Cowboys fan Art Anderson. Nelson is big, really good size as Johnson is 6-3 and weighs about 195 to 200 pounds. Nelson is every bit 6-4 and 220.

On the offensive line we really concentrated on watching two players and one of them is a future 2011 prospect. Austin Woods of Rockwall (Heath), Texas has been offered by OSU, among many. He is a really good looking center or guard prospect at 6-3, 297 pounds. He moves well and is athletic for an offensive lineman.

The offensive line was not timed on the forty, but instead co-offensive coordinator and line coach Joe Wickline and his assistants stood at the 20-yard mark and clocked the linemen in the twenty.

We have seen Kyle Osborn at Tuttle the last two years. He will be a junior this season and looked to be around 6-5 or 6-6 with 275 pounds on his frame. He also moves well. He is an Oklahoma State fan much like current Cowboy tight end Cooper Bassett from Tuttle. Osborn looked like he was having a good time.

There were two offensive linemen from Jenks sitting up in the stands watching. Jake Alexander is committed to Tulsa but receiving a bundle of offers and Jenks teammate Eric Graham, who is up to eight offers himself. The two wanted to look around but didn't want to participate in the camp, according to a source close to the players.

As we said Deaton did not work out leaving a group of some 15 quarterbacks to throw to wide receivers.

There were more young players at that position than any other including juniors like Millwood standout Kevonte Richardson; Denton (Guyer), Texas projected standout J.W. Walsh; talented Arlington (Sam Houston) athlete Jamal Turner; and a pair of sophomores to be that are 2012 prospects in Stillwater's own Jerame Littell and Arlington (Oak Ridge), Texas talent Thomas Johnson.

Honestly, we didn't recognize any of the running backs except Millwood junior-to-be Emilio Gatewood. He seemed to run well. We had him at the mid-4.6 range.

Other than Johnson and Nelson at wide receiver we were impressed with some of the young pups that showed up there. Kameron Doolittle of Edmond (Memorial) is a junior-to-be and has a ton of speed and moves. We also liked what we saw out of David Porter of DeSoto, Texas, and Dante Barnett out of Tulsa (Washington). Both of those players are juniors-to-be and 2011 prospects.

On the defensive line Chris Littlehead was there but we never had the chance to see him in drills. The Tahlequah (Sequoyah) standout has a bunch of offers, some for offensive line and some for defensive tackle. The Cowboys like him on defense and that was where he worked in the camp on Sunday afternoon.

On defense we really focused on four players that have either been offered by Oklahoma State or could soon receive an offer. We could see the defensive staff, especially cornerbacks coach Jason Jones, associate head coach and safeties coach Joe DeForest and Gundy, watching a lot of this action.

One of the players who worked with the safeties was Harvey Jackson of Fort Bend (Hightower), Texas. Jackson is impressive looking and impressive in performance. He moves well, is very athletic, and has good size ot pack a punch. He also has good ball skills based on his display today. He stood out in his green shorts and the way he moves made it hard to look away from him.

Also working with the safeties was a favorite of ours in Smithson Valley (Texas) football/track standout Zack Craig. Craig ran well. We thought he was just over 4.5, but again we were clocking from the stands. He did well on the drills and had the attention most of the day of DeForest. Craig has received mutliple offers recently.

One of Oklahoma State's top targets is cornerback Tre'Vante Porter out of Midwest City (Carl Albert). Porter worked with the corners in the camp, but he could play either corner or safety just like current OSU freshman from Carl Albert Daytawion Lowe. Lowe, who has reported early this summer, was helping Jones with the workout by catching balls back in drills.

Lowe bragged on his former high school teammate saying he ran well, under 4.5. Heck, we believe it. Porter is like Jackson in drills as he is hard not to watch because he does everything so well. Another corner worth mentioning was Owasso's Aaron Colvin. Colvin was also a standout in the agility drills and the ball drills.

Shaun Lewis of Fort Bend (Hightower), Texas is one of the best linebackers in Texas. Lewis is 6-0, 205, 4.5 and proved in person he can really run. We liked everything we saw out of Lewis in drills. He really could end up playing the star if he winds up at Oklahoma State.

We overheard some of the parents discussing the new West End Zone facilities. They were blown away as you would think the players would have been.

The camp finished with added drills and the skill players getting more room on the playing field of Boone Pickens Stadium, and the offensive and defensive linemen going over for some technique evaluation on the practice fields.

The report is sketchy and missing some but that is actually a good thing. The Cowboys have developed as a program so that when they hold one of these half-day high school camps there are enough players here to make it hard to see everyone.

Below is a list of the players we were able to spot. We organized them by postion, alphabetically, and with their class listed. We know we are missing a number of players. This list is players only that participated and does not include unofficial visitors that were on hand during the day.
* Denotes an OSU commitment

Jason Burgoyne, QB, Tulsa (Victory Christian), Okla. 2010
Alex Christenson, QB, Edmond (Deer Creek), Okla. 2011
Thomas Johnson, QB, Arlington (Oak Ridge), Texas 2012
Jerame Littell, QB, Stillwater, Okla. 2012
Beau Marsaln, QB, Tulsa (Metro Christian), Okla. 2010
Cody Miller, QB, Lawton, Okla. 2011
Matt Oberste, QB, Sallisaw, Okla. 2010
Ryan Polite, QB, DeSoto, Texas 2011
Kevonte Richardson, QB, Oklahoma City (Millwood), Okla. 2011
Braden Scott, QB, Tahlequah (Sequoyah), Okla. 2011
Ryan Spangler, QB, Bridge Creek, Okla. 2011
Jamal Turner, QB, Arlington (Sam Houston), Texas 2011
J.W. Walsh, QB, Denton (Guyer), Texas 2011
Dylan Warner, QB, Lawton (macArthur), Okla. 2011
Terrance Dixon, RB, Sand Springs (Page), Okla. 2010
Emilio Gatewood, RB, Oklahoma City (Millwood), Okla. 2011
Quadron Henderson, RB, Edmond (North), Okla. 2010
Kameron Brooks, TE, Bridge Creek, Okla. 2011
Eric Tomlinson, TE, Klein, Texas 2010
Sam Ajala, WR, DeSoto, Texas 2011
Dante Barnett, WR, Tulsa (Washington), Okla. 2011
Michael Cole, WR, Oklahoma City (Millwood), Okla. 2011
Kameron Doolittle, WR, Edmond (Memorial), Okla. 2011
*Kevin Johnson, WR, Houston (Cypress Ridge), Texas 2010
*Montra Nelson, WR, Arlington (Bowie), Texas 2010
David Porter, WR, DeSoto, Texas 2011
Jake Schooley, WR, Tulsa (Metro Christian), Okla. 2010
Kamryn Tillman, WR, Fort Osage, Mo. 2010
Anthony Gerron, OL, Tyler (John Tyler), Texas 2010
Dalvin Glass, OL, Dallas (Carter), Texas 2010
Mason Myers, OL, Moore (Southmoore), Okla. 2010
Kyle Osborn, OL, Tuttle, Okla. 2011
Austin Woods, OL, Rockwall (Heath), Texas 2010
Alex Young, OL, Rockwall (heath), Texas 2010
Mark Strange, DE, Wichita Falls (Rider), Texas 2010
Bruce Taylor, DE, Dallas (Carter), Texsd 2010
Brandon Williams, DE, Newcastle, Okla. 2010
Chris Littlehead, DT, Tahlequah (Sequoyah), Okla. 2010
Tyler Shaw, DT, Edmond (Santa Fe), Okla. 2010
Kyle Williams, DT, Broken Arrow, Okla. 2010
Ethan Biddy, LB, Tuttle, Okla. 2010
Daniel Davis, LB, Norman (North), Okla. 2010
Hunter Davis, LB, Choctaw, Okla. 2010
Austin Hager, LB, Sand Springs (Page), Okla. 2011
Jarrett Lake, LB, Jenks, Okla. 2010
Shaun Lewis, LB, Fort Bend (Hightower), Texas 2010
Kale Sawatzky, LB, Weatherford, Okla. 2010
Aaron Colvin, CB, Owasso, Okla. 2010
Tre'Vante Porter, CB, Midwest City (Carl Albert), Okla. 2010
Devin Pugh, CB, Jenks, Okla. 2010
Kwame Sexton, CB, Tulsa (Holland Hall), Okla. 2010
Xavier Smith, CB, Edmond (North), Okla. 2010
Josh Turner, CB, Oklahoma City (Millwood), Okla. 2011
Barry Browning, S, Fort Worth (Everman), Texas 2010
Zack Craig, S, Smithson Valley, Texas 2010
Harvey Jackson, S, Fort Bend (Hightower), Texas 2010
Ray Mitchell, S, Irving (MacArhtur), Texas 2010

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