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Ranking Oklahoma State’s 2010 recruits

by John Helsley Published: December 12, 2009

by Brandon Chatmon

For the past week, I have been evaluating all 26 of OSU’s recruits. This is my final ranking of the recruits from 1 to 26. Keep in mind that my rankings are based off physical abilities and at the collegiate level it is commitment, mental toughness and mental approach which separates great from good and starter from non-starter. Physical ability is just part of the puzzle.

That said, here they are:

1. Calvin Barnett, DT, 6-3, 330, Tulsa Washington
Barnett gets the nod because it’s hard to find defensive tackles with his combination of quickness, strength, size and athleticism.

2. Joseph Randle, HB, 6-0, 180, Wichita (Kan.) Southeast
Randle is an exceptional runner with great feet and good vision.

3. Shaun Lewis, LB, 6-1, 205, Missouri City (Texas) Hightower
While undersized, Lewis is an explosive player and hitter. Expect him to make a impact immediately in Stillwater.

4. Justin Gilbert, DB, 6-0, 170, Huntsville (Texas)
Gilbert has blazing speed and great playmaking ability. Should battle for kick return duties as a true freshman.

5. Nathan Sorenson, QB, 6-3, 200, Texarkana (Texas) Texas High
Sorenson is perfect for OSU’s system and he’s a very good passer.

6. Caleb Lavey, LB, 6-4, 210, Celina (Texas)
Lavey is a terrific middle linebacker prospect. He has underrated athleticism, is physical and aggressive.

7. Tommie Saunders, LB, 6-1, 200, San Antonio (Texas) Hightower
Saunders may be the best hitter in the class. A very physical player with speed and athleticism.

8. Dan Koenig, OL, 6-6, 260, Cape Coral (Fla.)
A athletic big man, Koenig has great potential and the frame to add weight.

9. Stephen Maeweather, LB, 6-2, 203, Houston (Texas) Sharpstown
Another physical linebacker prospect with good speed and athleticism.

10. Johnny Deaton, QB, 6-3, 195, Sand Springs
Another great fit for the Cowboys offense, Deaton is a solid run-pass threat.

11. Lavocheya Cooper, DB, 6-1, 185, Arp (Texas)
Cooper is an athletic safety prospect who loves contact.

12. Zack Craig, DB, 6-2, 175, Spring Branch (Texas) Smithson Valley
Craig could be the sleeper of the class. He’s got the size/speed combo coaches crave in defensive backs.

13. Chris Dinkins, WR, 6-2, 215, Tyler (Texas) Lee
A big receiver who had good speed and the potential to create mismatches.

14. Diamonte Wheeler, DT, 6-2, 278, Arlington (Texas) Bowie
A solid defensive tackle prospect who has the quickness Bill Young craves in his interior linemen.

15. Devin Hedgepeth, DB, 6-0, 185, Derby (Kan.)
Hedgepeth is a solid safety prospect. A willing tackler with good athleticism.

16. Kris Catlin, LB, 6-1, 215, San Antonio (Texas) Madison
The Pokes most overlooked linebacker prospect but he has the talent to make quality career in an OSU uniform.

17. Larry Stephens, CB, 5-10, 180, Galena Park (Texas) North Shore
Doesn’t have all the measurables that get people excited… he just makes plays.

18. Gerron Anthony, OL, 6-4, 315, Tyler (Texas) John Tyler
Very athletic lineman for his size who could play his way onto the field early in his career.

19. Chris Littlehead, DT, 6-2, 305, Sequoyah Tahlequah
A strong physical defensive tackle who has a mean streak.

20. Montra Nelson, WR, 6-3, 221, Arlington (Texas) Bowie
Another big receiver who has great body control, much like Tracy Moore.

21. Deion Imade, DB, 6-0, 185, Rowlett (Texas)
An underrated safety prospect who is very versatile

22. Kevin Johnson, WR, 6-2, 190, Houston (Texas) Cypress Ridge
A polished route runner with the potential to be a intermediate threat.

23. Joseph Okafor, DE, 6-6, 231, Houston (Texas) Bellaire
Excellent frame and looks the part. Just needs a year or two to get used to Big 12 football.

24. Davidell Collins, OL/DL, 6-6, 255, Bearden (Ark.)
Needs to bulk up but has good feet and is an very good athlete for his size.

25. Eli Dickerson, OL, 6-7, 285, The Woodlands (Texas) College Park
Very good size and has the potential to develop into a solid starter.

NA. Jacob Jenkins, OL, 6-3, 260, Gilmer (Texas)
I could find film on Jenkins so I will hold off on my ranking of him.

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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