Tyler (Texas) John Tyler football coach Ricklan Holmes confirmed Tuesday morning that defensive end Tyus Bowser is no longer committed to Oklahoma State, while teammate Fred Ross is considering his options after taking a visit to Mississippi State last weekend.
Bowser, a 6-foot-3, 235-pound defensive end, verbally committed last Thursday, but he wants to play football and basketball in college, and learned over the course of the weekend that it wouldn't be possible at OSU.
“From my understanding, that wasn't going to work at OSU,” said Holmes, a former OSU player. “I wasn't a part of the conversation they had, but he's not committed anymore. We have 12 schools coming in today to watch him play basketball.”
Bowser appeared to have a good relationship with coach Mike Gundy through the process, posting the following on Twitter Monday: “Coach Gundy is really a great man. Understands me very well, and is real cool. An honor to meet him.”
Ross, a four-star wide receiver, has been committed to OSU since Feb. 2011, but decided to take an official visit to Mississippi State over the weekend.
“He wanted to see his options, and now he's gonna have to make a final decision,” Holmes said.
Holmes did not know when that decision would come.
BROKEN ARROW'S AKEM GETS OFFERS
Broken Arrow linebacker Gyasi Akem picked up offers from both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State in the last week, with the Sooners joining the Cowboys on Monday.
Akem picked up his OSU offer over the weekend at the Cowboys' junior day.
His Sooners offer came in advance of this weekend's junior day event in Norman. Akem has an invitation to that event though he could attend Baylor's junior day instead.
Akem — who grew up an OSU fan — missed his sophomore season due to injury but came on strong last season for the Tigers.
In addition to OU and OSU, Akem has offers from Clemson, Missouri and Arkansas State.
Akem is the third in-state offer for the Sooners, joining Jenks defensive back Steven Parker and Douglass defensive end Deondre Clark.
SOONERS STILL WORKING AT OL
After the commitment Monday night of defensive tackle Matt Romar, Oklahoma still has several spots open with one week remaining until signing day.
The Sooners' greatest need remains offensive linemen, with only Trinity Valley Community College's Josiah St. John and Houston Stratford's Christian Daimler, both tackles, committed.
The Sooners' primary targets there remain George Adeosun, a tackle from Georgia, Kendall Moore, a tackle from Chicago, and Josh Outlaw, a guard from Georgia.
The two Georgians visited Norman last weekend, while it's still unclear whether Outlaw will visit before signing day.
TAYLOR ENJOYS MEETING CLEMENTS
Bill Young's departure from Oklahoma State has brought change to the Cowboy coaching staff, with new defensive line coach Joe Bob Clements working quickly to establish relationships with the commitments from the 2013 class.
Clements has already made a positive impression on San Antonio (Texas) James Madison defensive tackle Vincent Taylor, who said Clements made a trip to his school earlier this month before his official visit to Stillwater on Jan. 18.
“When I was on my official, there wasn't a time that I walked by, where we walked past each other, and Coach Clements (didn't say), ‘How was your day? How do you like the campus? Is everything good?' ” Taylor said. “Every time I saw him, we would talk to each other in a good way.
“I think Coach Clements, he's going to push me to be the best. I'm looking forward to him coaching me.”
BIG JUNIOR DAY SET FOR OU
While it's not clear whether Akem will attend Saturday's junior day, there are quite a few recruits expected to be in attendance.
Clark and Parker are expected to be there, as are Edmond Santa Fe quarterback Justice Hansen, Broken Arrow quarterback Coleman Key and Tulsa Memorial tight end MikeQuan Deane among in-state players.
A large group of Texas high schoolers with offers are expected to come as well, including Lewsiville Hebron safety Jamal Adams, Lancaster wide receiver Nick Alexander, Mount Pleasant wide receiver K.D. Cannon, Dallas Carter linebacker Cameron Hampton, Longview defensive tackle Zaycovian Henderson, Brenham athlete Darrion Johnson, Longview wide receiver Dorian Leonard, and West Mesquite safety Dylan Sumner-Gardner.