What are Jessie's strengths as a football player?
Mark Smith: The first thing that comes to mind when I think of Jesse, is someone who's versatile. He's a long, athletic player. He can do multiple things. He's not just a big guy who can run block, he can pass protect and he's got good feet.
What do you think will be the biggest transition for him moving from the high school game to the Big 12 Conference?
Mark Smith: I think the big thing is the strength. Obviously, he's big, strong and dominates players at the high school level. But he's going to have to continue to work on his strength to be able to play at level such as the Big 12.
Do you think he has a chance to make an instant impact or will there be an adjustment period for him?
Mark Smith: That's a tough question with anybody. It's hard to tell. It depends on the depth that's already there, and the development of the players that are already there. He's definitely someone that understands that he has to work for everything that he gets. He's willing to do the work, it's just a matter of what the position is there.
Why do you think he chose Oklahoma State?
Mark Smith: I think he felt really comfortable with coach (Joe) Wickline. Every time they visited, he came away feeling great about Oklahoma State and the prospect of being a Cowboy there in Stillwater. I think the facilities had a lot to do with it as well. There as good as anywhere in the country. But I think at the end of the day, it came down to his relationship with his position coach, coach Wickline, that made the difference.
What do you think he is capable of accomplishing over the course of his college career at OSU?
Mark Smith: I think he's capable of growing and developing in the system, and being a starter and an impact player – someone who can make a difference in the next year or two at OSU.
What will you remember the most about coaching him?
Mark Smith: Just the attitude and the positive energy he brought to the office every day. There was always a smile on his face. He was always the guy that kept practice lively. He just brought that positive energy you need, and sustained that through the course of the season. His leadership is going to be missed.