Trio Of 4-Star Recruits Visiting This Weekend

Jaydon Mickens

I believe the best evaluators of high school football players are the ones being paid six figures to do it, the college coaches. That said, the three official visitors set to spend the weekend on the Oklahoma State campus have 4-stars. But all three also have some very good schools with very good coaches (evaluators) pursuing them. A big weekend could really bump up the Cowboys recruiting class.

Let's start with the one in-state player and then we will bounce out to the West Coast and California where the other two visitors are flying in from.

Taking a short drive down the turnpike from Owasso is All-State wide receiver Keon Hatcher. The 6-1, 195-pound Hatcher has 4.5 speed and great hands and body control. He flustered defensive backs all season and almost single-handedly helped the Rams to a huge early season upset of eventual Class 6A state champion Tulsa Union.

This season he finished with 100 receptions for 1,610 yards and 20 touchdowns, following up a junior season where he caught 76 passes for 1,100 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Hatcher, who committed during the season to Arkansas, is still committed to the Razorbacks but is taking a good look at the Cowboys. For Hatcher it will come down to Oklahoma State or his previous commitment to Arkansas.

Coming from California, but not for the first time, is Seth Jacobs of Arroyo Grande. The 6-2, 210-pound all-around athlete has 4.6 speed and helped his team to the CIF Section Championship. He earned Section Defensive Player of the Year and his league MVP honors. He generated 926 yards and 13 touchdowns of offense, but he also made 145 tackles on defense.

Jacobs was in Stillwater on an unofficial visit in the summer to check out the facilities and loved them. Jacobs has family in Tulsa where his father grew up and played for a state champion football team at Tulsa Washington.

Jacobs has already visited Arizona State and Arkansas, and has visits scheduled to Colorado (Jan. 20) and UCLA (Jan. 27). He says he is considering all five of those schools.

Jaydon Mickens is a young man who is very engaging in conversation and very elusive on the football field. The 5-8, 175-pound Mickens was the MVP in the recent Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl which also featured Cowboy recruit and just enrolled quarterback Wes Lunt. The two were on opposite sides but you could sure see how they would look good on the same team.

Mickens is flat out fast, very fast. He has visited Washington in November and is strongly considering the Huskies. He skipped a visit to Washington State scheduled for this weekend to come to Oklahoma State, and he is heading to Oregon on Jan. 20.

This past season his team at Los Angeles Dorsey High School went 11-2 before being eliminated in the playoffs. Mickens had 20 touchdowns with 32 receptions for 558 yards and seven touchdowns. He also rushed for 378 yards and 13 touchdowns. He was a huge contributor on special teams.

"I just love playing football," Mickens told me last week.

Those are magic words for Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy, and we will see after the weekend how Mickens likes Stillwater and how the Cowboys like Mickens. However, the competition is thick with Washington and Oregon.

The good thing for star gazers is all three are 4-star prospects. The good thing in my eyes is they are all in demand with coaches and schools that know what they are doing including the staff at Oklahoma State.

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