OSU's Top 10 Oklahoma Targets

Steven Parker

There are many recruiting outlets on the internet that provide lists (top 10, top 12, top targets, etc.). We often do that as well, but this is the start of a series delivering a trio of "Top Lists." Oklahoma State recruiting is built primarily on Texas high school standouts and Oklahoma prospects also are attractive when there are enough prospects and they aren't locked in on OU.

Cowboys head coach Mike Gundy has made it clear that he will not waste time on an Oklahoma kid that is focused on OU when he can make better use of time, energy and resources recruiting a player as good or better elsewhere. The OU factor is not as prevalent as in the past.

This is the first of three lists hitting on all the aspects of Oklahoma State football -- Oklahoma, Texas, and the nation. We will have all the debut lists out this weekend and start with our Oklahoma list. This list is based on info we receive from all of our sources including prospects, high school coaches, other coaches, and even other media sources we trust.

Top 10 Oklahoma Targets
1. Devon Thomas, RB
5-11, 190, 4.47
Broken Arrow, Okla.
I know, the Cowboys already have Thomas as he made his commitment last December. The Cowboys are looking for a running back in each class, sometimes two, and they want a really talented one. It is a premium position in the Oklahoma State program. Thomas is a premium back with size and speed that was previously committed to OU. Thomas missed most of his junior season, but rushed for 1,846 yards and 22 touchdowns with a 9.2 yards per carry average as a sophomore.

2. Gyasi Akem, LB
6-1, 220, 4.6
Broken Arrow, Okla.
Akem is another example of a "bird in the hand is worth ..." as he is already committed. But the Cowboys have to have a really strong linebacker group in the 2014 recruiting class, and Akem was the best in Oklahoma at linebacker. He committed on the day of the spring football finale and made the OSU staff happy. Akem is a premier athlete at linebacker as he is also a track standout. Last season he had 44 tackles with three sacks, two tackles for loss, and two interceptions. He was recruited by a number of really good schools.

3. Steven Parker, DB
6-2, 185, 4.5
Jenks, Okla.
Parker may the most coveted prospect in Oklahoma as you don't get that many defensive backs with his size and also that play with his aggressiveness. He is an excellent tackler. It could come down to an in-state battle, but he also has offers from across the country. Last season he had 50-plus tackles and three interceptions. OSU is recruiting him aggressively even though Jenks has not been an easy place for OSU to pull recruits from.

4. Deondre Clark, DE
6-4, 235, 4.62
Oklahoma City (Douglass), Okla.
I saw Clark in person earlier this week in practice at Douglass and he is the real deal in that he has size and is very athletic. The numbers don't lie with 99 tackles, 22 sacks (school record), and he also had seven touchdowns playing on offense. Now as Clark said on Tuesday, he is looking at five SEC schools as his top choices (LSU, Mississippi, Texas A&M, Georgia, Alabama), but it is a long way to February. Anybody wondering if Deondre is as good a pass rusher as his brother Stevie is a three-point shooter in basketball. I believe he is.

5. Jeffery Mead, WR/H
6-6, 175, 4.55
Tulsa (Union), Okla.
A very intriguing prospect that has great size. Last season he had 33 receptions for 614 yards with six touchdowns. He is being hit on by some really good schools and his recruiting is picking up speed. As for Oklahoma State and its interest in Mead, he is a similar player to Blake Jackson. LSU and a number of other SEC schools have now offered, and OU is in there thick as well.

6. Jacob Lewis, QB/Ath.
6-3, 198, 4.55
Oklahoma City (Bishop McGuinness), Okla.
Lewis may be higher than some thought on this list, but he has proven that he is very athletic with his SPARQ testing at the NFTC in Allen, Texas. Lewis is quite capable of playing quarterback, but could come in handy in other uses on the football field too. With Wes Lunt transferring, OSU may consider two quarterbacks in the class, but you would likely want one of them to be more multiple like Lewis. Last season he threw for 2,437 yards and 28 touchdowns and rushed for 1,483 yards and 24 touchdowns. Lewis has already established a really solid relationship with offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich.

7. Coleman Key, QB
6-5, 210, NA
Broken Arrow, Okla.
Key is more of a pure quarterback and a good one. He had 14 touchdown passes to five interceptions. Key has interest and could also fit that second quarterback in the class position if the Cowboys were to opt to go that direction. It doesn't hurt that he is now at Broken Arrow.

8. Dylan Harding, DB/Star
6-2, 187, 4.55
Jenks, Okla.
Harding is an interesting prospect that seems very interested in Oklahoma State. He plans on attending their June prospect camp to show what he might look like at the "star" linebacker position. He can run and has a good understanding of the game. I like him as a defensive back and special teams contributor even if he were to never get big enough or be equipped to move to the "star". He has some good offers including Tulsa and North Carolina.

9. Jalen Adams, WR
5-10, 160, 4.5
Moore (Southmoore), Okla.
He has been to Stillwater several times and is a really talented athlete with speed. Size is not great, but he will mature physically. For some schools he may be a wait as see guy. Last season he caught 39 passes for 766 yards with eight touchdowns.

10. David Cornwell, QB
6-5, 215, 4.6
Norman (North), Okla.
Many would think Cornwell, a national recruit and an Elite 11 quarterback finalist, would be much higher on this list, and he would if he were showing or had shown more interest in OSU. Maybe the departure of Lunt changed that, but prior to that Cornwell had his eyes toward Florida, Alabama, and to the south in general. He is a monster prospect with 2,742 yards and 27 touchdowns passing and also rushed for 755 yards.

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