Cowboys Recruiting: Work Left To Do

Laquon Treadwell

Oklahoma State already has 17 verbal commitments following the addition of offensive line prospect Jesse Robinson earlier this week. So, with only a handful of spots remaining how will the Cowboys finish up the 2013 football recruiting class? Robert Allen provides a position-by-position look at who OSU's main targets are less than three months before National Signing Day.

Quarterback: This spot is done if Luke Del Rio, who will likely visit in early December, sticks with his early commitment and enrolls in January. Del Rio, who is on a dominant team has completed 116-of-170 passes for 68.2 percent with 20 touchdowns and only three interceptions. If not Del Rio, Michael Smith of University High in Davie, Fla., visited in September with teammate and wide receiver Jordan Cunningham.

Running Back: Oklahoma State is looking for one to go with Atlanta, Texas product Corion Webster. Despite an in-season injury, Webster has rushed for 1,130 yards on 157 carries (an average of 7.2 yards) and nine touchdowns.

Butler County (Kan.) C.C. running back and likely junior college All-American Dreamius Smith is a possibility. Also, another possible official visitor is North Little Rock standout Altee Tenpenny, an early commitment o Alabama who has said he will visit OSU and Arkansas. Alvin Kamara of Norcross, Ga., is another major prospect to keep an eye on.

Wide Receiver: This position is great with Texans Marcell Ateman (6-4, 190, 4.5) of Wylie East, Fred Ross (6-0, 180, 4.5) of Tyler John Tyler, and RaShaad Samples (5-11, 170, 4.44) of Dallas Skyline all pledged. Ateman and Samples are scheduled to room together and are having a touchdown bet this season to decide who gets first pick of rooms.

Ateman has 53 receptions for 1,089 yards and 16 touchdowns on the season. However, Samples has 40 catches for 716 yards and 18 touchdowns to lead the way in that wager. Fred Ross has really good numbers with 40 receptions for 723 yards and 11 touchdowns. Combined that is 133 catches for 2,528 yards and 45 touchdowns.

The Cowboys are likely looking for one more wide receiver with the wish list headed by Illinois prep super receiver Laquon Treadwell. The 6-3, 190-pound Treadwell is absolutely a freak of nature. Jordan Cunningham, who has visited and at 6-1, 175 pounds with 4.5 speed, is a truly good player. Other names could develop here including DeSoto, Texas receiver Kyle Collins.

Offensive Line: The Cowboys have five already pledged in Irving duo Rami Hammad and Jaxon Sailnas, Mansfield standout Zach Crabtree, St. Louis native Jack Kurzu, and L.D. Bell player Jesse Robinson. Those five average 6-5 and 289 pounds.

Cowboys offensive line coach Joe Wickline seems poised to take one more and the choice is Brandon Garrett out of Trinity Valley Community College as Garrett visited for the Texas Tech contest.

Defensive End: Houston (Alief Taylor), Texas defensive end Ogbonnia Okoronkwo is being pursued by other schools as the Cowboys work to try to secure Okoronkwu. The 6-3, 220-pound Okoronkwu is very active with nice pass rush skills. Look for the Cowboys to add one or maybe even two more. Iowa Western standout and sack leader Devon Nash is scheduled to visit in December, but several schools are making a mad push for Nash.

Defensive Tackle: Two high school prospects are on board at defensive tackle with Benjamin "Ben" Hughes out of Waco University and Vincent Taylor out of San Antonio Madison. Both are really good. The Cowboys could hold pat at the position or may take one more.

Junior college prospects Quincy Russell of Trinity Valley and Alex Villareal out of Northeastern Oklahoma A&M. Russell originally singed with Texas. OSU signed Villareal out of Hidalgo, Texas, and he was placed by NEO. He would have three years to play.

Linebacker: Oklahoma State only loses one linebacker in Alex Elkins and the Cowboys will likely not take a linebacker in this class.

Corners and Safeties: The Cowboys have a trio of good ones already pledged in Killeen, Texas safety prospect Deric Robertson, Flowery Branch, Ga., corner and receiver Darius Curry; and Emporia, Kan., superstar Jerel Morrow. They also have the very physical Jordan Sterns out of Cibolo (Steele), Texas.

Robertson is a 6-2, 185-pounder who has put up really good numbers. Smith is all over the field on defense and offense for the Falcons. Morrow is 6-1, 180, 4.4 and has a ton of energy. Stearns is an enforcer in the defense at Steele right now.

TreQuille Flowers, out of Converse Judson, Texas, Dee Paul, who is committed to SMU but has been offered by the Cowboys, and Trevor Walker, out of Mansfield Summit, are all prospects on the Oklahoma State radar as the Cowboys could add as many as three more prospects to play in the secondary.

Kickers and Punters: The names you see most often because they are at games are Muskogee's Preston Soper and now the Cowboys are showing solid interest in Arlington Martin kicker Ben Grogan.

I do expect with Quinn Sharp going bye-bye to the NFL following his senior season that OSU will be actively looking for a kicker, punter, or someon that can do both. They have some good prospects on the squad that could jump in and play such as Bobby Stonebraker, out of Tuttle. However, they will also be looking for that super kicking prospect if they can find one.

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