Recruiting: Half-Day Camp A Success

Oklahoma State head football coach Mike Gundy was seen timing players with a stopwatch Saturday as they ran through various drills. At other times the head coach was walking from station to station, position group to position group, eyeballing the talent on hand, mostly seniors and juniors-to-be at Oklahoma State's final half-day mini-camp of the summer.

Gundy, his coaching staff, director of football operations Mack Butler, assistant director of football operations Dale Patterson, recruiting coordinator Johnny Barr, and administrative coordinator Scott Yielding all had to be ecstatic as the Cowboys second and final half-day minicamp drew more than 63 prospects. That topped the number for the June 14 minicamp by 43 participants.

It was easily a record for a one-day or half-day camp for Cowboy football. That number was achieved even with several other camps in the area, and nationally, drawing some of Oklahoma State's prospects.

For instance, there was a Rivals prospect camp going on in Norman at the University of Oklahoma, and at least four of Oklahoma State's high regarded prospects were in Orlando, Fla. for an all-star showcase event.

Of the prospects in Stillwater on Saturday some of those holding offers from the Cowboys included the Tulsa Washington duo of defensive tackle Calvin Barnett and quarterback/defensive back/athlete Eric Bennett.

Barnett looked really good as he was weighing around 320 pounds. He is very athletic for his size. In a head-to-head, Oklahoma-versus-Arkansas battle on the pro agility drill Barnett edged out North Little Rock defensive tackle De'Arius Hudson. The defensive tackle group, which numbered nine total, was a competitive array.

Bennett ran well in the 40 (4.6 seconds), while looking very good on drills and in covering receivers. Those two were joined by Washington defensive end Ray Stovall, who is committed to Wyoming. The slender Stovall is 6-2 and about 195 pounds. He has big feet and a father that is 6-7. He is going to get bigger and is a major playmaker for Washington on defense. He looked good on the pro agility drill. He is a player definitely worth watching.

Tre'Vante Porter from Midwest City Carl Albert also was in attendance. Porter sizzled the fastest time we saw in the forty in the camp as he blazed a 4.47 for the Cowboy watches. His former high school teammate and now Cowboy freshman Daytawion Lowe was on hand to see him and support him as he watched him in drills.

On the offensive line Tyler (John Tyler), Texas product Gerron Anthony was there. Anthony is the 6-3, 300 pounds he is listed at and he is very athletic looking as well for a big man. Anthony did not work out but did observe and reportedly got the full tour of the facilities and of Stillwater.

Our sources reported that he made it to a sporting goods store on the strip (DuPree Sporting Goods) to pick up some OSU clothing and reportedly told employees that he was committed to the Cowboys. Go Pokes has confirmed that Anthony did commit on Saturday, and will have a story on the commitment later.

Speaking of commitments, there were three Cowboy commitments in Stillwater on Saturday. Safety Deion Imade (6-0, 185) of Rowlett, Texas, actually went through the full workout and he is a good size defensive back that has good skills. He has really good hands and catches the ball well.

Both of the Oklahoma State quarterback commitments were also at the camp. Standout Johnny Deaton of Sand Springs, Okla., did some throwing. Deaton has battled an ankle sprain all summer but his father reports, as Johnny did with us this week, that it is really coming around and he has added a brace that he is very comfortable with.

Standout Nate Sorenson of Texarkana (Texas High), Texas, had told us that he was going to be at the Rivals event in Norman and did go there but apparently didn't find it to be what he thought it would be. Sorenson and his parents left and made it up to Stillwater to check out the camp and get a tour of the new facilities which they had not seen since they opened this summer.

The foursome of Cowboy prospects that were in Florida this weekend for the All Star camp/combine in Orlando included: Fort Worth (Dunbar), Texas wide receiver Darius White; Fort Bend (Hightower), Texas linebacker Shaun Lewis; Fort Bend (Marshall), Texas defensive back Toney Hurd; and Waco (Midway), Texas defensive back Ahmad Dixon.

One disappointment was that cornerback Aaron Colvin of Owasso, Okla., did not show up for a planned unofficial visit on Saturday. A text message to Colvin by Go Pokes was answered as we were writing the story.

"I couldn't get over there (Stillwater)," wrote Colvin. "I was at camp (Rivals camp in Norman) and couldn't get out in time."

So Colvin did attend the Rivals event in Norman, which he had stated he was going to attend on Sunday after visiting Stillwater and the OSU campus on Saturday. Colvin told us earlier this week that he was going to make his commitment on Sunday. Our prediction now would be that he is going to commit to OU, which seemed to be the leader.

We will post a list of campers, at least a partial list, but some other prominent and recognizable names included:

Seniors
Joe Aska, RB, Edmond (North), Okla.
Blake Hamilton, LB, Lake Dallas, Texas
Mason Hathaway, OL, South Lake (Carroll), Texas
Devin Hedgepath, CB, Derby, Kansas
Alec Henry, OL, Tulsa (Union), Okla.
Joe Hernandez, DE, Tulsa (East Central), Okla.
Skyler Huey, OL, Fort Worth (O.D.Wyatt), Texas
Mitchell Hunnicutt, P/K, Richardson (Pearce), Texas
Jeremy Johnson, CB, Tyler (John Tyler), Texas
Brian Mills, RB, Edmond (Santa Fe), Okla.
Cody Nall, TE, Ardmore, Okla.
Chase Peterson, OL, Bentonville, Ark.
Devonta Rich, WR, North Little Rock, Ark.
Derek Serowski, WR, Moore (Southmoore), Okla.
Blake Snider, OL, Frisco (Legacy), Texas
Steven Stadler, LB, Tulsa (Union), Okla.
Nyko Symonds, WR/DB, Moore (Southmoore), Okla.
D'Lyle Washington, RB, Plano, Texas
Cameron Wilson, WR, Rockwall (Heath), Texas

Juniors
Chris Barnett, TE, Dallas (A.Maceo Smith), Texas
Dante Barnett, S, Tulsa (Washington), Okla.
Spencer Bond, QB, Madill, Okla.
Trey Brown, LB, Lancaster, Texas
Anthony Gordan, TE, Midwest City (Carl Albert), Okla.
Garrett Greenlea, OL, Klein (Collins), Texas
Nick Hall, DE, Broken Arrow, Okla.
Ross Hudson, QB, Rockwall (Heath), Texas
Justin Hunter, DT, Tulsa (Hale), Okla.
Antonio Jenkins, CB, Oklahoma City (Putnam City North), Okla.
Anthony Johnson, LB, Garland (South Garland), Texas
Stormy Johnson, OL, Fort Worth (O.D.Wyatt), Texas
Jabral Johnson, LB, Lawton, Okla.
Jeramie Johnson-Brown, RB, Hurst (L.D. Bell), Texas
Jonathan Jordan, RB, Tulsa (Washington), Okla.
Sawyer Kollmorgen, QB, Jenks, Okla.
Thor Long, QB, Sherman, Texas
Minikon Malcolm, DE, Hurst (L.D. Bell), Texas
Issac Maselera, S, Glenpool, Okla.
Suleiman Masumbuko, DE, Euless (Trinity), Texas
Trent Metoyer, WR, Whitehouse, Texas
Michael Peterson, DE, Tulsa (Union), Okla.
Tad Pierce, CB, Houston (Clear Creek), Texas
Christian Price, RB, Lake Dallas, Texas
Jesse Rich, CB, Ponca City, Okla.
Lance Skyler, DE, Lancaster, Texas
Terrence Taylor, CB, Tulsa (Washington), Okla.
Anthony Wallace, LB, Dallas (Skyline), Texas
Deontay Wilson, DE, Coweta, Okla.
Anthony Young, DE, Euless (Trinity), Texas

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