Oklahoma State hosted its largest number of recruits last weekend. But the Cowboys hosted perhaps their most important prospects this weekend.
Two of OSU's top remaining targets — Jenks defensive back Steven Parker and River Ridge (La.) John Curtis linebacker Kenny Young — were scheduled to be on campus, according to Rivals. Both players are four-star prospects ranked in Rivals' top 100 and are currently uncommitted.
Parker's late visit to Stillwater could be regarded as somewhat of a surprise. He has more than 20 offers, including Alabama, Auburn, Baylor, Kansas State, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M and Wisconsin. According to Rivals, he's scheduled to visit Auburn on Jan. 31.
Young's other offers include Arkansas, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas A&M and UCLA. According to Rivals, he's scheduled to visit UCLA on Jan. 31 and plans to announce his college choice on Signing Day.
Kirk Tucker, a three-star safety from Tucker, Ga., was also scheduled to visit over the weekend. He was a former Stanford commit but did not get admitted to the school. He also has high interest in Oregon and Vanderbilt.
RB COMMITMENT SIONE PALELEI AHEAD IN INJURY RECOVERY
Cowboy running back commitment Sione Palelei missed about half of his senior season after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament.
But the three-star prospect said he is ahead in his recovery process and expects to be back to full speed in April.
“It was one of the worst feelings, the experience,” he said. “But at the same time, it was kind of a lesson to learn and something to look forward to … (to prepare) myself for the next level.”
Palelei still put up impressive numbers during his limited time on the field this season, compiling 754 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns to go along with 257 receiving yards and two scores.
COWBOYS OFFER 2015 RUNNING BACK
With the 2014 recruiting class nearly wrapped up, the OSU coaching staff has already begun looking ahead to the 2015 group.
The Cowboys became the latest school to offer McKinney (Texas) North all-purpose back Ronald Jones II after position coach Jemal Singleton visited a recent offseason workout.
Jones also has offers from Oklahoma, Baylor, Northwestern, Oregon State and Texas Tech, according to Rivals.
“I want to go somewhere where I can make it to the next level,” Jones told Rivals, adding that he's visited Stillwater multiple times because his sister currently attends OSU. “I'd like to play in a big conference like the Big 12, Big Ten, SEC or something like that.
“I just want to go to a place where I'll be happy if I wasn't playing football, so that's going to be the biggest factor.”