Oklahoma State fans tuned in Thursday, hoping for good news that didn't come from Chicago wide receiver prospect Laquon Treadwell, who announced instead that he'll be attending Ole Miss.
In truth, bigger developments were taking place in Stillwater this weekend, where at least 19 prospects were scheduled for their official visits, making for one of OSU's biggest recruiting weekends of the year.
The group consists mostly of players already committed to the Cowboys, with 17 players already pledged. But the two known uncommitted visitors — running back Rennie Childs and defensive end Tyus Bowser — are biggies.
With Joseph Randle's early exit for the NFL Draft, the Cowboys find themselves stretched thin at running back. And next year's starter — Jeremy Smith — will be a senior. So adding depth, if not players who can contribute immediately, has become a front-burner issue for the Pokes.
OSU has a commitment from Atlanta, Texas, back Corion Webster, who is on the visit list for this weekend. But Cowboys coaches are intent on taking another, if not two more backs in the class. Childs is 5-foot-10, 185-pound back who runs with strength and speed and also catches the ball well — a major plus in the Cowboys' system.
Bowser is a three-star defensive end from John Tyler High School in Tyler, Texas. Bowser is an athletic and quick end who — get this — was also featured at the wildcat spot in John Tyler's offense.
Also potentially visiting this weekend, according to Scout, is highly touted receiver Devin Lauderdale.
The four-star prospect could be back on OSU's radar after Treadwell committed to Ole Miss. He has more than 30 offers, including California, Ohio State, West Virginia, Oklahoma and Texas Tech.
Rivals.com reports Lauderdale will make an official visit to Ohio State Monday.
FOUR OU EARLY ENROLLEES ARRIVE
Four of the five early enrollees Oklahoma expected for its 2013 recruiting class have arrived, according to the university's online people search.
Receiver Dannon Cavil (San Antonio), defensive back Ahmad Thomas (Miami), defensive end D.J. Ward (Southmoore) and junior-college transfer punter Jed Barnett, from Laney Community College in Oakland, Calif., are all enrolled in classes for the spring semester.
Cavil flipped from California to commit to Oklahoma just last weekend.
Defensive tackle Quincy Russell, who signed with Oklahoma from Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas, was expected to enroll for the spring semester but has yet to do so.
Ward was an All-State defensive end from Lawton as a junior and was cleared to transfer to Douglass just before his senior year. Before the season began, though, he suddenly enrolled at Southmoore. The OSSAA ruled him ineligible there.
JUNIOR DAY RESCHEDULED
Oklahoma was supposed to host 2014 recruits last weekend for a junior day event, but decided to postpone it to focus on the 2013 visitors it hosted the same weekend.
“We figure we've got all our spring dates open as well as other ones here in February,” coach Bob Stoops said last Friday. “We just thought, why push it and not make it as good as it ought to be, meaning we're going to be split too much with all the kids we've got coming in.”
The decision appears to have paid off; Oklahoma earned commitments last weekend from defensive tackle Charles Walker (Garland, Texas) and receivers K.J. Young (Perris, Calif.) and Cavil.
Oklahoma rescheduled the junior day for Saturday, Feb. 2, according to a team source.
SMALLWOOD FIRST OF HIS KIND FROM JENKS
Jordan Smallwood is the 11th player from Jenks to earn an Oklahoma football scholarship since Allan Trimble became the Trojans' head coach in 1996.
But Smallwood is unique among Trimble's Trojans-turned-Sooners; he's the first receiver in the group.
Former Jenks players Matt McCoy, Bobby Klinck and Jason Carter caught passes in high school, but went to college as defenders.
Smallwood (6-foot-2, 190 pounds) caught 48 passes for 835 yards and 11 touchdowns this season for Jenks, which won the Class 6A state championship.
He played for the winning East team in the Jan. 4 Semper Fi All-American Bowl, and grabbed a 42-yard pass on the first play of the game.
“It's been a lot of fun to watch him mature physically,” Trimble said. “He's just a physical specimen.
“And then on the other side, he's really matured as a young man. He goes out every day and works at his skill. I've just kinda seen an evolvement in his emotional maturity too.”
Smallwood is one of four wide receiver commitments in Oklahoma's 2013 recruiting class, joining Cavil, Young and Austin Bennett (Manvel, Texas).
RECRUITING PICKS UP FOR CHANCELLOR
The recruiting process is closing with a flurry for Bishop McGuinness receiver Cody Chancellor. Both Oklahoma and OSU have invited him for official visits this month, and Ohio had already set up a trip for the 6-foot-3, 165-pound senior.
Chancellor left Oklahoma City after a basketball game Friday afternoon to head to Stillwater for his visit with the Cowboys.
He will go to OU next week, where he has already been offered a position as a preferred walk-on. And he'll be at Ohio on the final weekend before signing day on Feb. 6. Ohio offensive coordinator Tim Albin made an in-home visit to see Chancellor on Thursday.
“This all has happened at once,” Chancellor said. “It's exciting. When I was a sophomore, I never thought I'd be getting recruited like this. It's kind of fun. I'm trying to take it all in and enjoy it.”
Chancellor, an Oklahoman All-State selection, finished his senior season with 1,397 yards and 21 touchdowns on 61 catches in helping the Irish to the Class 5A semifinals.
DARIUS CURRY STILL SOLID ON COWBOYS
OSU defensive back commitment Darius Curry (Flowery Branch, Ga.) has recently lived somewhat vicariously through his older brother, C.J. Curry, a receiver for the Cowboys who had his true freshman season cut short by a shoulder injury.
But Darius' most recent trip to Stillwater was all about himself, as he was part of the large group of recruits making their official visit over the weekend.
Darius, a three-star prospect, told Rivals before the visit he was most looking forward to spending time with the other recruits and talking with newly promoted defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer.
“I want to see what kind of direction he's trying to take the defense,” Darius said, “if he's trying to stay with the regular scheme, or if he's going to go to some other things.”
Darius has remained a solid commitment to the Cowboys despite recent interest from Louisville, a school he visited last month.
“I'm 100 percent committed to Oklahoma State,” he told Rivals. “Louisville is a great school and they've come to visit me a lot these past few weeks. And of course it keeps me thinking a little bit, but at the end of the day, I'm a Cowboy.”
NEW OSU DL COACH CLEMENTS BUSY ALREADY
Newly hired defensive line coach Joe Bob Clements isn't wasting any time hitting the recruiting trail for Oklahoma State.
Clements, whose hiring was announced Jan. 13, was in Frontenac, Kan., Thursday night to watch Douglass junior defensive end prospect Deondre Clark in a basketball tournament, according to Clark's mother, Dorshell.
Clark, 6-foot-4, 240 pounds, is one of three Oklahoma players in the 2014 class with an offer from OSU. OU, Notre Dame, LSU, Texas and several others have offered him as well.
He is the older brother of OSU basketball signee Stephen Clark, currently a senior at Douglass.