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OSU Football: Big Recruiting Weekend

by John Helsley Published: January 18, 2013
RB prospect Rennie Childs visits OSU this weekend.
RB prospect Rennie Childs visits OSU this weekend.

Cowboys 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 are taking place in Stillwater this weekend, where at least 19 prospects are 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. Check out some video of Childs here.

OSU is also chasing four-star back Dontre Wilson, who’s been committed to Oregon but is now considering other options as well, after Ducks coach Chip Kelly jumped to the Philadelphia Eagles. Wilson has schedule an official visit to Stillwater on Feb. 1.

The Cowboys are also involved with Miami, Fla., back Daryl Chestnut, a Texas Tech commitment who has reopened his recruitment with the coaching change in Lubbock. Chestnut includes OSU in his top five, but doesn’t have a visit to Stillwater planned as of yet.

Bowser is a three-star defensive end from Tyler John Tyler in Texas. Bowser is an athletic and quick end who — get this — was also featured at the wildcat spot in John Tyler’s offense.

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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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