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New leader for Jaydon Mickens?

1/16/2012

Athlete Jaydon Mickens (Los Angeles, Calif./Dorsey) has had Washington as his leader for a few weeks now, but a weekend visit to Oklahoma State changed things up a bit.

Mickens has a final three of Washington, Oklahoma State and Oregon. He’ll take his final visit to Oregon next weekend and will make his college choice on signing day.

“Oklahoma State was incredible,” Mickens said. “It was everything I thought it would be and a lot more. I was pretty blown away by it, and I would have to say they’re my new leader right now. It’s still really close, but this trip was the best one I’ve been on. At first, I felt a little awkward, because I was in a new area and didn’t know anyone, but once I got around the guys, I was completely comfortable.

“I loved the campus and the city itself, it’s a cool college town. The players on the team were great with me, the football facilities are pretty incredible and I love the team. They have a great offense and showed me how I would fit in. They said they want to use me as a slot receiver and also running back. I would return kicks too, and there’s a chance to make a lot of big plays in that offense.”

The Cowboys didn’t start to seriously recruit Mickens until just a few weeks ago but have made up a lot of ground.

“They said they saw me get MVP at the Semper Fi All-American game and had to have me,” Mickens said. “It doesn’t bother me at all that they came at me a little later than some others. I already knew a lot about Oklahoma State because of the season they had, and I always thought that would be a fun offense to play in.

“Coach [Mike] Gundy is an awesome guy, and I just get a really good vibe from the players and the rest of the staff. I know I have home visits with all three of my schools in the next couple of weeks, but I don’t remember the dates. All I know is I’m going to have a tough decision to make, and I’m excited to see what Oregon has to offer next week.”