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OKState Recruiting Weekly Roundup

Recapping a busy spring and summer for Oklahoma State recruiting.

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Welcome back to the 4th annual addition of the Weekly Recruiting Roundup! With the 2015 football season upon us, the Cowboys are well on their way to building another strong recruiting class for 2016. The current list of commitments for next year currently stands at 15, and the coaching staff is working hard to land several big recruits that are currently uncommitted. Here is a look at the 2016 class as it stands today.

QB Nick Starkel

Liberty Christian HS (Denton, TX) | 6-4 180 lbs

ESPN: ★★★★ | Scout: ★★★ | Rivals: ★★★

2014 Stats: 106 of 160 passing | 1609 yards | 19 touchdowns

Shortly after the 2015 signing period, Coach Gundy and Coach Yurcich wasted little time beginning their search for a pocket-passing quarterback. Nick Starkel was targeted as the ideal fit for the Pokes, and was one of the first prospects to commit for the 2016 class back in April. At the time, Starkel only had offers from Tulane, Old Dominion, and Indiana State, but he quickly garnered national attention heading into the summer. Nick was invited as one of 20 quarterbacks to attend the Elite 11 camp held annually for the best of the best. Shortly after the invite, Texas A&M offered Starkel a scholarship, but he has remained firm in his commitment to the Cowboys.

Nick performed well during the Elite 11 competition, falling just short of reaching the finals which resulted in some high praise from Trent Dilfer. Working with the coaches at the camp gave Starkel some valuable experience heading into his senior year. Look for Starkel to put up some big numbers in his final year at Liberty Christian.

Check out his 2014 junior highlights on Hudl.

DE Jonathan Marshall

Sheperd HS (Sheperd, TX) | 6-3 256 lbs

ESPN: ★★★ | Scout: ★★★★ | Rivals: ★★★

2014 Stats: 71 tackles (17 for a loss) | 10 sacks | 5 forced fumbles

The Cowboys received some fantastic news a few weeks ago when Jonathan Marshall flipped his commitment from TCU to the Pokes.

Marshall had been committed to the Frogs for over a year prior to changing his mind, and holds additional offers from Nebraska, Marshall, and North Texas. Jonathan attended the Next Level Athlete event in Houston earlier in August, and was slated as one of the top 5 performers from Scout. It's easy to see why after watching his highlights from Hudl.

CB Rodarius Williams

Calvary Baptist Academy (Shreveport, LA) | 6-0 171 lbs | 4.74 40 time

ESPN: ★★★ | Scout: ★★★ | Rivals: ★★★

2014 Stats: 31 tackles (23 solo) | 5 interceptions | 1 fumble recovery

The Cowboys are developing a trend of plucking players out of SEC recruiting grounds, and Rodarius Williams became yet another player from Louisiana that has chosen the Cowboys. Williams has been committed since April, and holds offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Baylor, California, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Utah among many others.

Here is ESPN's take on Rodarius

Athletic, quick corner with speed and an aggressive style of play. He is an excellent zone defender and a more than capable man cover corner. He will benefit from adding speed to match up with the type of speed that some of the elite receivers may exhibit, but he is a competent and confident defender who should be successful at the next level.

Williams has expressed interest in visiting other schools, but has stated that he is still very much committed to the Cowboys. Rodarius' highlights from Hudl certainly back up the level of interest nationally during his recruiting process, as he helped lead his team to a State Championship last season.

RB La'Darren Brown

Desoto HS (Desoto, TX) | 5-10 175 lbs | 4.40 40 time

ESPN: ★★★ | Scout: ★★★ | Rivals: ★★

La'Darren Brown committed to the Pokes in July, choosing OSU over Arizona State, Louisville, Oregon State and SMU. Brown. He spoke with Robert Allen at Go Pokes.com shortly after the commitment.

"I've told everybody and I'm excited to be part of the Oklahoma State Cowboys," Brown said. "I was just thinking about it and they (Oklahoma State) got through to me. I want that to be my future the next four or five years playing for them in the Big 12 at that level."

Brown had his season cut short last year after he dislocated his elbow in the first game of the season. He looks to bounce back strong for his senior campaign after recovering from injury, and it shows in his Hudl highlights from spring ball.

RB Justice Hill

Booker T Washington HS (Tulsa, OK) | 5-10 180 lbs | 4.51 40 time

ESPN: ★★★ | Scout: ★★★ | Rivals: ★★★

2014 Stats: 219 carries | 1426 yards (142 ypg) | 22 touchdowns

Justice Hill was the first commitment for the 2016 class, as he announced his decision a week after signing day in February.

Hill currently holds an offer from Louisville, but it's safe to say that Hill is happy with his decision to commit to Oklahoma State. He has told several media members that he grew up an OSU fan, and has always dreamed of playing for the Pokes. Justice had a great junior season before he was sidelined due to a shoulder injury late in the year. Hill displays a powerful/slashing running style as seen in his highlights from Hudl.

OT Teven Jenkins

Topeka HS (Topeka, KS) | 6-6 290 lbs

ESPN: ★★★ | Scout: ★★★ | Rivals: ★★★

Teven Jenkins is the lone high school commitment from Kansas. Jenkins announced his decision in July, choosing OSU over Kansas, Kansas State, Nebraska, Missouri, and Louisville. At close to 300 lbs, Jenkins already has the look of a college player even though he is just entering his senior year. Here is the scouting breakdown of Teven on ESPN.

Jenkins is prospect with excellent upside to develop into a productive Power 5 lineman. Additional bend, lower body strength and technique will go a long way into raising the level of his game.

Teven is a dominating force in pass protection and run blocking at the high school level, looking at his highlights from Hudl, and his skills should translate well to the college game.

OLB Devin Harper

Karns HS (Knoxville, TN) | 6-1 207 lbs | 4.64 40 time

ESPN: ★★★ | Scout: ★★ | Rivals: ★★

2014 Stats: 28 tackles (19 solo) | 1 sack | 2 blocked field goals

Devin Harper seems to be flying under the radar in Tennessee, but looks to be a very solid get for the Cowboys in a non-traditional recruiting area. Harper picked the Cowboys over Chattanooga and Liberty in June, and appears to be a player that could fit in at a variety of positions.

While he is being recruited to play defense, Devin is also plays some at running back and wide receiver for Karns High School, rushing for 37 yards and catching 7 passes for 109 yards and a touchdown last season. Harper broke his hand last season midway through the year, which is contributing to the lack of national attention. Look for Devin to bouce back this year and make plays like the ones in his Hudl highlights.

WR Dillon Stoner

Jenks HS (Jenks, OK) | 5-11 180 lbs

ESPN: ★★★ | Scout: ★★★ | Rivals: ★★

2014 Stats: 35 receptions | 594 yards| 6 touchdowns

Dillon Stoner became the second in-state commitment for Oklahoma State in June, picking the Cowboys over Arkansas, Arkansas State, Kansas, Rice, Texas Tech, Washington State, and Wyoming.

Stoner joins old teammate and friend Dylan Harding at OSU which certainly helped sway Dillon to the Cowboys. Stoner took a visit to Texas Tech prior to his commitment, but ultimately felt OSU was a better fit, telling Go Pokes that Stillwater "felt like the right place for me". Here is Dillon's scouting report from ESPN.

Stoner is also a very good Slot Receiver on offense and he uses those skills to be an effective ball hawing corner. He is smart and aware and has the vision and temperament to be a solid DI defensive prospect.

CB AJ Green

Desoto HS (Desoto, TX) | 6-1 170 lbs | 4.5 40 time

ESPN: ★★★ | Scout: ★★★ | Rivals: ★★★

2014 Stats: 28 tackles | 3 interceptions

Green committed to Oklahoma State last week, joining fellow Desoto teammate La'Darren Brown.

Green holds offers from OU, Texas Tech, Iowa State, California, Missouri, Boise State, and Wisconsin among many others. Green looks to have the size and speed to cover anyone in the college level based on his Hudl highlights.

OT Ryan McCollum

Klein Oak HS (Spring, TX) | 6-5 270 lbs

ESPN: ★★★ | Scout: ★★ | Rivals: ★★

McCollum committed to the Cowboys at the beginning of August, and chose OSU over Texas Tech, Air Force, Houston, ULL, Nevada, Northwestern, Texas State, and Tulsa.

Ryan's evaluation on ESPN implies that he will be an excellent FBS player after some time with Coach Glass. His abilities in pass protection and run blocking, as seen in his Hudl highlights, show promise that he can become a key contributor a few years down the road.

Ryan is an OT prospect with the height, length, frame, and movement skills to develop into a good offensive line prospect at the Division I level. His work ethic in the weight room to improve his overall strength and flexibility will be a key to his success.

LB Amen Ogbongbemiga

Notre Dame HS (Alberta, Calgary Canada) | 6-0 215 lbs | 4.6 40 time

ESPN: ★★★ | Scout: ★★ | Rivals: ★★★

2014 Stats: 104 tackles | 3 sacks | 4 forced fumbles 2 recovered fumbles

Canada is not typically an area that Oklahoma State, or any Big 12 school, targets during recruiting. However, Amen Ogbongbemiga has a tie with Oklahoma State that allowed the coaches to push for him to come to Stillwater. Amen is Emanual Ogbah's cousin, and the two would have played together had he not moved to Calgary from Houston in 2011.

Amen goes to Notre Dame High School and plays Canadian rules football (110 yard field, 12 players on each side, and 3 downs instead of 4). However, his athletic ability translates to American football with a 4.6 40 time, and his ability to chase down players in the open field. It is apparent in the Hudl highlight below that Amen possesses strength to consistently rush the passer with success, and can also defend well in the middle of the defense.

CB Madre Harper

Lamar HS (Arlington, TX) | 6-2 167 lbs | 4.59 40 time

ESPN: NR | Scout: ★★★ | Rivals: ★★★

Madre Harper committed to Oklahoma State back in March, and holds offers from OU, Boston College, Iowa, Pittsburgh, SMU, Northwestern and many others.

Madre is a two time All-District corner from Arlington, TX that really fits the mold of a lockdown defender in the secondary. He was able to take his official visit during spring practice, and told Go Pokes.com that it came down to the coaches and the facility.

"It was just the people and the coaches, and all the aspects surrounding the program," Harper said in discussing why he made the commitment. "I will get coached well there and be able to get a really good education. Then the facilities, it's Oklahoma State and they are as nice as anywhere."

After looking at the Hudl Highlights, it is easy to see why Parker has earned all-district honors the past two seasons. His ability to react and close on a defender when the ball is in the air could propel him into playing time as a freshman.

OT Dylan Galloway

Coppell HS (Coppell, TX) | 6-4 275 lbs

ESPN: NR | Scout: ★★★ | Rivals: ★★

The Oklahoma State Coaching Staff got their first look at Dylan Galloway in June during the Mary Harden-Baylor Satellite camp where he stood out as one of the top lineman. Galloway took an unofficial visit the next weekend, and his decision was quickly made.

Dylan currently holds offers from Arkansas State, Nevada, and UTSA. It's clear that Coach Greg Adkins, an NFL veteran coach who knows talent when he sees it, saw enough something great in Galloway to offer him a scholarship so quickly.

CB Malik Kearse

Fort Scott Community College (Miami Gardens, FL) | 5-10 170 lbs

ESPN: NR | Scout: ★★★ | Rivals: ★★

2014 Stats: 37 tackles (28 Solo) | 2 interceptions | 1 touchdown

Malik Kearse committed to the Cowboys shortly after National Signing Day in February. Kearse had recieved an offer from the Cowboys the day before, and it didn't take him long to make up his mind.

Kearse currently does not hold other offer from an FBS college, but has been contacted by schools this spring and summer. He sat down with Robert Allen at GoPokes to discuss his commitment back in May.

"I want to play in a man-to-man, cover 2 concept and that's what they run," he stated about the Cowboys. "It's what I like best. I can play any coverage but that style is what I like the most and suits my game the best."

The Cowboys clearly identified the cornerback position as a top priority next season, as Kevin Peterson, Michael Hunter, Miketavius Jones are all graduating after this season. Kearse should be able to come in and immediately compete for a spot next spring

DE Tramal Ivy

Butler County Community College (Hometown: Muskogee, OK) | 6-4 240 lbs

ESPN: NR | Scout: ★★★ | Rivals: ★★★

2014 Stats: 8 tackles (3 for a loss) | 2.5 Sacks | 1 forced fumble

The Pokes received a much needed defensive end commitment from Tramel Ivy in August, after he chose Oklahoma State over Kansas State, Iowa State, Memphis, Northern Colorado, San Diego State, and Washington State.

Ivy played for Muskogee High School, where he racked up 76 tackles (20 for a loss) and 19 sacks as a senior. Ivy played sparingly last season for Butter County Community College, and will have 3 years of eligibility remaining when he gets to Stillwater. With Jimmy Bean, Trace Clark, and most likely Emmanuel Ogbah all departing after this season, Ivy will most likely see immediate playing time next year and has the talent to make an impact after watching his Hudl highlights.