Recruiting: P-O-T-D For Seven

Throughout the Southwest and Midwest it is a goal of many high school football teams to practice on Thanksgiving Day. A practice before sitting down to turkey makes the bird and stuffing taste better and is a measure of success as high school teams often set the goal of practicing on Thanksgiving.

In Oklahoma, last Friday night Midwest City Carl Albert actually chanted "P-O-T-D" after its double overtime win against top ranked Bishop Kelley. The letters stood for "Practice on Thanksgiving Day" as the Titans will prepare for their game with El Reno at Putnam City Stadium on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

On the college level, Oklahoma State will practice Thursday morning before having a team Thanksgiving dinner.

The Cowboys have seven players committed to sign as part of their 2010 recruiting class that are still playing in the high school playoffs and will practice with their teams on Thanksgiving. Six of those players are in Texas and one is in the Sunshine State of Florida.

Two players, wide receiver Montra Nelson and defensive tackle Diamonte Wheeler, play together at Arlington Bowie and the Volunteers will play powerhouse Southlake Carroll in a 5A Division II Regional Semifinal on Friday at SMU's Ford Stadium at 7:30.

Jacob Jenkins is a starting offensive lineman for Class 3A's top ranked and 12-0 Gilmer. The East Texas power will play Navasota, coached by Lee Fedora (brother of former OSU offensive coordinator Larry Fedora), in a Saturday at 2 p.m. Class 3A Division I regional semifinal at Lufkin.

All-purpose standout LaVocheya Cooper will lead unbeaten and top-ranked Class 2A Arp against Kirbyville in a 2A Division I regional semifinal at 6 p.m. Friday in Huntsville.

Tyler John Tyler's Gerron Anthony will be blocking on the o-line Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. in a Class 5A Division II regional semifinal at Waco ISD Stadium against Klein Collins. Last week Anthony and his teammates tore up Richardson Lake Highlands with 598 yards of total offense in a 53-46 shootout win.

Anthony and the Lions are going strong, but so is their arch rival as Cowboy commitment Chris Dinkins is pacing the offense for Tyler Lee. The Raiders beat Garland last week and Dinkins had 147 yards rushing and a seven-yard touchdown run with a five-yard touchdown reception to go along with it in a 23-17 win over Garland.

"I think I am playing pretty good," said Dinkins, who committed to the Cowboys after de-committing from TCU. The 6-1, 205-pounder has explosive speed and quickness.

"I feel like I am scoring and helping the team, playing better than I did even in the regular season. I'm doing good and I'm getting a lot of help from my teammates. I'm feeling good and think we can go all the way."

The next step for Dinkins and Tyler Lee will be Round Rock in a Class 5A Division I regional semifinal at Waco ISD Stadium on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Dinkins and his teammates don't seem to care that they are a "surprise" team.

"I pay all of that no attention at all," he said. "We are just going to do what we are supposed to do. Their offense is supposed to be really good, but I think we can move the ball on their defense."

On the gulf side of Florida, Cape Coral is having a landmark season in football. Oklahoma State has really reaped some good talent from Cape Coral in the form of the Koenig brothers. Doug and David were on average to below average teams there but younger brother Daniel, who is 6-5, 260 pounds, is part of the best team record-wise in school history.

Cape Coral is 11-0 and after an opening playoff win over Lakewood Ranch they are preparing for a second-round game hosting Charlotte.

"Our heads are spinning," said Daniel's mother Cindy Koenig.

"Yes, people in school are getting pretty excited," said Daniel Koenig. "We're (players) really serious about it all. We want to win it all."

Koenig said it would be his first time to practice on Thanksgiving as Cape Coral lost in the first round of the playoffs last season.

Koenig blocks for a backfield that is heading to Division I. Running back Jeremy Davis is pledged to Miami, fellow running back Spencer Boyd is committed to Notre Dame, and quarterback Jalyen Watkins is headed to Florida to be a Gator.

"Those guys play offense and defense," said Koenig. "Our offense is really balanced, 50 percent run and 50 percent pass. On defense we've had four or five shutouts and that is really cool. The defense is a 3-4 look. I think we are just one of three or four unbeaten teams left in Florida in Class 4A."

As usual, we will continue to keep you posted on how the future Cowboys are doing but we know for sure that the turkey or whatever they are eating this Thanksgiving will taste much better as it will serve as an appetizer of football left to be played over the holiday weekend.

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