Recruiting: Observations From Camp

The Oklahoma State football staff and various small college, junior college, and high school coaches hosted a mini-camp on the Oklahoma State campus Sunday afternoon and there were some standout performers on hand for the event. In this exclusive, find out who were some of the most impressive players.

We counted more than 100 players at the camp that included players out of the upcoming senior, junior, and sophomore classes that sure looked like they were serious about learning some finer points from the coaches on hand and using it to take their football prowess to another level. In other words, there were a lot of players that look like they are capable and want to play college football when their high school careers conclude.

With more than 100 players in attendance, we were spread thin looking at guys and had precious few times but a lot of observations. The times we did get have to be looked at with the idea that Oklahoma State recently added a lot of rubber fillings to the turf and that will slow it down until they seep in to the surface.

We will take it by class to make things simple. By the way, following the camp some of the coaches boarded a bus as they will be guest instructors at several camps over the upcoming week including a camp hosted Monday by Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas.

2011 Prospects
J.W. Walsh - We will start with the Cowboys quarterback commitment for the 2011 class. The standout 6-1 1/2, 201-pound Walsh is having a great summer, according to his father and his head coach at Denton Guyer, John Walsh. Walsh was overheard telling one of the other quarterbacks that he was just there to "have fun" as he has nothing to prove to Mike Gundy, Dana Holgorsen and the Oklahoma State staff. He ran a 4.6 in the forty on the slow surface at Boone Pickens Stadium. He also threw well and seemed to take on leadership responsibilities even though it was a camp.

Johnny Haynes - Haynes plays running back at Irving MacArthur in Texas, but will be a wide receiver in college. He had 864 yards of total offense last season and 10 touchdowns. He looked really good playing wide receiver in drills. I'm not sure he ever went without catching the ball and making the play. As you have read on this site, OSU is his leader and has offered as have Alabama, Arkansas, Baylor, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, OU, Oregon, TCU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UCLA.

Cedric Gilbert - If you looked quickly you might have thought you were thrown back four years and you were seeing a young Dez Bryant. Gilbert definitely resembles Bryant physically and also some in his facial features. He is 6-3, 200 pounds and runs a listed 4.6. We did not get a time but we saw him in drills and on routes and his ball skills are excellent. He is out of Lancaster, Texas and caught just 23 passes for 285 yards and three touchdowns last season but he is expected to have a breakout year this season. He looks good! He has a couple of offers, but Oklahoma State, OU, Miami, TCU, Minnesota, and Houston are poised to jump.

Isaac Bennett - The senior-to-be running back out of Tulsa Washington ran a 4.63 and at 5-10 1/2, 193 pounds looked very good in his drill work. He has garnered recruiting attention from the likes of Oklahoma State, OU, Kansas State, Texas Tech, and Tulsa.

Kyle Stouffer - The big offensive tackle from Dallas Highland Park is a legit 6-6, 295 pounds and has good feet. He looked good in drills and he has offers from Tulsa and Texas Tech. His family was there watching him, as were a lot of families.

Tyrequek Zimmerman - You can call him Ty and the 6-0, 180-pound athlete looked like he ran well. We did not have a time but he did move well. He worked at WR and made plays. Of course, last season he caught 43 passes for 779 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also had 61 tackles and an interception. He has offers from among others Baylor, East Carolina, Louisville, Oregon State, South Carolina (he is from there), TCU, and Tulsa. Oklahoma State, OU, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech are showing interest.

Morgan Burns - Burns is a 5-10 1/2, 190-pound running back out of Trinity Academy in Wichita, Kan. He ran a 4.63 in the forty and was impressive in drills. Last season he had 1,390 yards on 159 carries with an 8.74 ypc average and 19 touchdowns. He also caught 19 passes for 208 yards and five touchdowns. In one game against Mulvane he rushed for 208 yards and three scores. He also had 43 tackles on defense.

Micah Thompson - The big 6-4 1/2, 295-pound defensive tackle ran and appeared to move well in the drills. We saw him in the pro agility drill and he did well.

Wayne Willis - Here is your mighty mite of the event as Willis is out of North Little Rock and is 5-8, 145 pounds but he can fly. He ran what we had as the fastest time of the camp with a 4.33 in the forty and that was on a slow track. We don't know stats, but we know he played well in the drills and he has offers from Arkansas State and Central Arkansas.

Other 2011 prospects we saw and know were there but we had little chance to observe included Jabral Johnson of Lawton High School, who is committed to Arizona, and Derrick Luetjen of Hennessey, Okla., who stood out in the three-day camp and is a defensive end that could grow into a defensive tackle that has been offered by Army and has caught recruiting attention with his 4.0 GPA from several other schools. Tyler Newton of Westmoore, a defensive end or tackle at 6-4, 240 was also on hand and looked solid in what little we saw.

2012 Prospects
Zeke Pike - A national recruit already, Pike is out of Dixie Heights High School in Edgewood, Ky. He is 6-5, 230 and Oklahoma State has offered him as an athlete. He worked with the quarterbacks and ran around a 4.8. Last season he threw for 1,634 yards with 17 touchdowns and just five interceptions. He also ran for 611 yards and 12 touchdowns. He caught 11 passes in one game for 183 yards and two scores. He also had 75 tackles, 60 unassisted, with an interception, 6 sacks, a fumble recovery, and 3 fumbles forced. He also punts and kicks. He is a football player.

Derek David - A linebacker out of Rockdale, Texas, David is 6-3, 220. He is a rock in drills as he is so agile and has good quickness. His 93 tackles and monster collisions last season has Baylor, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech on the offer list with Oklahoma State, Alabama, Ohio State, TCU, Texas looking.

Cole Swayze - The junior-to-be quarterback out of Purcell, Okla., ran a sizzling 4.46, but he is, of course, a standout and state champion in track. He is 6-2, 195 and brilliant fast. Last season in football he rushed 140 times for 1,080 yards and 16 touchdowns. He threw for 631 yards and four touchdowns with just one interception in a run-oriented offense.

Corben Jones - The big time thrower from Yukon, Okla., was impressive again as he was throwing on the Boone Pickens turf last week in the Red Bull 7-on-7 event. The 6-1, 180-pounder had a big cheering section as a number of Yukon players were there, and parents and coaches erected a tent in the stands to protect from the sun and were all there to encourage.

Brady Burgin - The accuracy winner at the Elite 11 in Fort Worth, Texas, Burgin is a junior-to-be for Dallas Highland Park. He threw for nearly 300 yards and three touchdowns in their recent spring game and has been on a camp tour that has taken him to Texas Tech, Tulsa, and he will catch Rice and Houston early this week. He threw a lot in drills and the accuracy was on display. He is an excellent thrower. His dad says he is 6-2, and right around 200 pounds.

Chris Mayes - The 6-4, 290-pounder made it to Stillwater from Georgia and he plays at Spalding High School. He looked really good physically and has offers from Oklahoma State, Georgia, Louisville, Michigan State, Mississippi State. Auburn, LSU, Miami, and Tennessee are recruiting him. He averaged a double-double in basketball proving his athleticism for a big guy. He has good feet and showed off in drills.

Casey Moody - We also believe this athletic quarterback at Spalding High School in Georgia is a junior. He is 5-10, 170 pounds and threw a no-hitter this spring in baseball and struck out nine in a win over Rutland.

2013 Prospect
Jake Raulerson - This is not your average sophomore-to-be as we actually met Raulerson when he sat down next to me on Saturday night at the Oil Bowl Game in Wichita Falls, Texas. We were polite but did not engage in a long conversation. He did say he was going to the OSU camp on Sunday. He comes from Celina, Texas, which is home to OSU linebacker Caleb Lavey and defensive end Jamie Blatnick. Raulerson is a legit 6-5, 230 pounds and runs and moves really well. He is an offensive tackle, defensive tackle, and deep snapper for Celina. He will fill out in his frame, but is already stronger than most of the older prospects. Keep this name in your memory as he is going to be a very good player.

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