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Football Recruiting: Prospects Visit, 4-Star Schedules Spring Game Trip

Lots of prospects checking out the Cowboys for themselves

It’s time to catch up on the latest football recruiting news. Along with a good number of recruits visiting during spring ball, a 4-star 2021 prospect has scheduled his visit to Stillwater.

4-Star planning Spring Game visit

2020 Linebacker Corey Flagg, Jr. won’t be the only interesting prospect in Stillwater for the Cowboys’ Spring Game.

4-star 2021 defensive end Landyn Watson announced that OSU will be one of four schools he is visiting this spring, joining Alabama, Clemson, and Arizona.

The Hutto, Texas prospect currently has 13 offers including OSU, Notre Dame, LSU, Michigan State, TCU, Texas Tech, Virginia Tech, and Baylor, among others.

The junior-to-be has already had an impressive high school career. Watson earned first-team all-district honors as a sophomore after he racked up 49 tackles, including 16 TFLs and five sacks. Those numbers brought his high school career totals to 87/23/10.

That OSU is earning a visit this early is really good news, especially for the Spring game. The Cowboys do a good job using the Spring Game to evaluate and recruits and convince them to become commits. Watson is going to have his fair share of options, but it looks like OSU is one he is interested in.

Prospects visit during Spring Ball

Along with spring practice, Oklahoma State coaches have placed host to a large number of prospects over the last couple of weeks.

2021 Wide Receiver Jojo Earle

The talented pass-catcher from Aledo, Texas, made a stop in Stillwater back on March 13th. Earle has offers from eight teams, including OSU, Michigan, TCU, Texas, Arkansas, Texas Tech, Kansas, and Tulsa.

Earle nabbed 65 receptions for 1,060-yards and 16 touchdowns, and added another 266-yards and three touchdowns on the ground for the State Champs Aledo. For his work, he earned the District 5-5A- Division II Newcomer of the Year honor.

2020 Offensive Tackle Hayden Pauls

The 4th-ranked prospect out of Kansas also made a stop in Stillwater back on March 13th.

The 3-star tackle It didn’t take long for OSU offensive line coach Charlie Dickey to make Pauls a target after joining the team. You have to assume the two have a good relationship as Dickey offered Pauls while he was still coaching at Kansas State last summer.

Pauls also seemed to really enjoy his visit to Stillwater, with multiple Twitter posts about it.

Along with OSU and K-State, Pauls has offers from Iowa, Iowa State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Purdue, and Kansas.

Pauls says he’s looking to commit during the summer or right before his senior year, so there is still plenty of time for OSU to continue to work toward his choosing the Cowboys.

2021 Defensive Tackle Byron Murphy II

The Cowboys got their second visit from the Desoto, Texas prospect.

The Cowboys join Colorado and Baylor as the only schools to offer Murphy so far, though I expect more to come.

He had some good things to say about Stillwater after his visit.

“I actually loved Oklahoma State,” Murphy told Adam Munsterteiger. “I loved the atmosphere, the uniforms, the field and the campus. I just had a great time.”

Murphy was named the top defensive prospect in attendance at The Opening regional in Dallas by 247Sports analyst Barton Simmons a few weeks ago. That came after a sophomore season where he totaled 37 tackles, including nine TFLs and one sack.

Colorado is going to be coming hard after Murphy, and the Cowboys and Buffaloes have had some recruiting battles the past few seasons. I have a feeling the two teams are in for another one here.

Other Visitors

Kris Bowen

An unranked 2020 tight end prospect from San Antonio, Bowen has made multiple visits to Oklahoma State but has yet to pick up an offer. Bowen is reportedly really interested in Ivy schools and other universities with strong academics.

Yakiri Walker

Class of 2021 offensive tackle from Desoto, Texas. The 6-foot-3, 250-pound came with fellow prospect Byron Murphy II. I couldn’t find much on the kid, but you can check out his highlights here.

Cole Thompson

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound class of 2020 inside linebacker from Norman currently has offers from Troy and Eastern Michigan and has seen some interest from Texas Tech. As a junior, Thompson wracked up 66 tackles, including a team-high 11 TFLs, and one sack. He also forced a fumble. You can check out his junior year highlights here.

Hampton Fay

The Class of 2021 dual-threat quarterback came to Stillwater with his Aledo, Texas teammate Jojo Earle. Last season for the state champs he completed 16-of-32 passes for 178-yards and a touchdown and added 76-yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries. He also caught 21 passes for 402-yards and four touchdowns. Highlights.