Stockemer Makes Camp Rounds

Van Buren, Ark., product Taylor Stockemer has been officially offered by two programs at this point and just finished camping at Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Vanderbilt and Kansas State. This impressive physical specimen is also being recruited by a number of different programs and talked about each one after speaking to us about his experience on campus at Norman.

Taylor Stockemer may not be a household name, however this wide receiver prospect could be after several impressive camp performances this summer. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound athlete posted official bests of 4.52 in the 40-yard dash, 3.97 in the short shuttle and 7.16 in the three-cone drill and boasts a vertical leap of 37 inches. Arkansas State and Kansas have already offered and Kansas State, Vanderbilt, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Arkansas may not be far behind.

"I camped at Oklahoma and everything went really well there," Stockemer said. "I got to spend a good amount of time with my recruiter Coach (Kevin) Sumlin and he thought I did some things really well at camp. The things he said he really liked where that I used my body well to create separation from the defensive backs, caught the ball with my hands away from my body and ran very good routes. He had visited me at Van Buren this year and just wanted me to come show the other coaches what I could do and my relationship with him is very good. We usually speak about once a week if possible and Coach Sumlin really has a great personality. I feel like we really connect and that obviously is a big part of recruiting."

Stockemer has yet to receive an offer from the Sooners and is waiting to hear back on where he stands in the pecking order right now. He talked with us a bit about what he liked about his experience while on campus at Norman and what qualities he sees in the Sooner program.

"I really like the atmosphere surrounding the program and you can see that the team is a very close-knit group," Stockemer explained. "They have a great coaching staff that is set on winning and also know how to win, so when you look at Oklahoma you really see a lot of prestige in their program. I really liked the coaching staff that I met and I grew up watching the Big Twelve, so I have watched them play for national championships and in bowl games for years now. I felt very comfortable while I was on campus there and when I was in Norman for junior day in February I got to see the entire campus which was beautiful. They also have excellent facilities and a great stadium, so there obviously is a lot to be excited about with a program like Oklahoma."

As for the other program recruiting the wide receiver, we took some time to find out what his experiences have been like both on campus and with the staffs in general. While Oklahoma certainly sounds like they would have a great shot at landing Stockemer if offered, he does have several other options available to him.

Kansas - "They have made a lot of renovations to their campus and football facilities and two players from my state have already committed there this season. I think the class they are bringing in has a ton of talent in it and my junior day experience at Kansas was excellent."

Oklahoma State - "I think I really surprised them there with my overall athleticism as the coaching staff had some very positive feedback for me after I worked out for them at camp. They said they are holding out for Jameel Owens right now, so I am in line behind him. I liked it a lot out there and they had very good facilities which was a plus."

Vanderbilt - "The coaching staff at Vanderbilt was great and I had a really good time on campus. I did really well there and think I surprised them a lot as well as they had not seen a lot of me before. The campus really is beautiful and they are a very prestigious school academically that plays in a great conference. I definitely enjoyed my time at Vanderbilt."

Kansas State - "When I camped there it was my third visit, so I already know all of the coaches at this point and am very familiar with the campus, facilities and program in general. I had a great time while I was there and performed really well. I thought I ran my fastest there and showed off my athleticism in the different drills they had us run. They've got a close-knit team as well and really have that program going in the right direction right now. Kansas State is a school that I really like right now."

As a junior, Stockemer caught 43 passes for 839 yards and eight touchdowns on his way to earning first-team All-Conference honors. He reports a 3.9 core GPA and scored a 26 on his ACT test. Stockemer's father Ralph was also an excellent athlete who played running back for Baylor from 1981 to 1985. As for when to expect a decision from the young wide receiver, his focus will be solely on his team this year, so he plans on making a decision sometime between the end of his senior season and signing day.

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