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Weekend Visitor Preview: Top Targets Headed to Stillwater for Big Recruiting Weekend

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The NCAA mandated dead period has finally come to an end, and Oklahoma State is planning to take full advantage of the contact period by hosting numerous visitors this weekend in Stillwater with both targets and commitments filing into town. Here’s what to watch for as Gundy and Co. host one of the biggest recruiting weekends of the 2016 recruiting cycle.


Oklahoma State already has commitments from Teven Jenkins, Tyler Brown, Matt Kegel, Dylan Galloway, and early enrollee Larry Williams on the offensive line. The coaching staff is still looking to fill one more spot on the offensive line, and their top targets Tramonda Moore and Shane Richards will both be on official visits this weekend, along with Kansas’ No. 1 ranked offensive tackle and Cowboy commit Teven Jenkins.

As for another position of equal need if nothing just for depth, quarterback, the Cowboys are hosting two in Stillwater in current preferred walk-on commit Nyc Burns and Bossier City, LA quarterback Keondre Wudtee. There is currently no committed scholarship prospects at quarterback for 2016, but Wudtee appears to be the top priority at the moment – especially with TCU and Missouri jumping into the mix on Thursday.

The Cowboys are in a much better spot at the wide receiver position, with both Dillon Stoner and Tyrell Alexander currently committed. However they would welcome one more to add to that position group, and both prospects visiting this weekend – Quartney Davis and Audie Omotosho – would be excellent options.

Another position of need for 2016 I feel is being adequately addressed is the cornerback position. As it stands, the Pokes are full at the position with AJ Green, Malik Kearse, Rodarius Williams and Madre Harper all in that group. Both Green and Williams will be on official visit this weekend; while Kearse and Harper are early enrollees already taking classes in Stillwater. A main point of emphasis this weekend will be convincing Williams, who says he is open to listening to other schools, to stay committed. He has made several unofficial visits to Stillwater, but this will be the weekend to roll out the orange carpet. With the lack of depth returning at cornerback, the Pokes need all the talent at the position they can get.

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Another position stripped of depth headed into next season is once again the linebacker position, which is full of unproven talent but returns budding star Jordan Burton and promising youngsters Justin Phillips and Gyasi Akem. Ryan Simmons saw his season, and ultimately his OSU career, end early thanks to injury and now has no eligibility. Seth Jacobs, a mainstay up the middle for Spencer and his defense, retired from football due to chronic shoulder issues and other injury concerns. They’ll look to bring in new talent with Devin Harper and Amen Ogbongbemiga, Emmanuel Ogbah’s cousin, but another name to the list would be welcome. Specifically, Edmond Santa Fe’s Calvin Bundage. Bundage has had great experience in high school playing both safety and linebacker, and he projects to be an excellent fit at the hybrid STAR linebacker position for the Cowboys. He can drop back into coverage and has excellent range for a linebacker his size, and he can lower the boom across the middle as well as any punishing linebacker. He’s been mum on his recruitment, but many analysts believe OSU, Oregon, and Arizona are some of his top options. Put frankly: Bundage is a future star, and the Cowboys would take him whether they have an open spot or not.

Finally, the Cowboys are also hosting preferred walk-on twin brothers Zach and Cade Smith – two under-the-radar linebackers from Pleasanton, Texas. The two turned down several other offers to walk on at OSU, and both are high character additions who will be quality additions to the program.

 

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