Recruiting: OSU Picks Up Commit No. 11

Demarcus Sherod grew up believing that he would one day play major college football. The Decatur, Ga., linebacker thought it would be closer than halfway across the United States but on Friday afternoon he decided that Oklahoma State was the place for him and became the 11th commitment in the Cowboys' Class of 2011. Sherod shared his thoughts with after making his commitment.

The 6-2, 225-pound linebacker from Columbus High School in Decatur made an unofficial visit to Oklahoma State in early June, and that trip left quite an impression on the Georgia standout.

"Really, the visit (to Oklahoma State) caused me to pick Oklahoma State," said Sherod. "The coaching staff and the players really made me decide it was the place for me. The way that Coach Spencer was recruiting me … he really showed more effort than all the other colleges did in recruiting me. I just felt like it was the best decision I could make."

Sherod said he chose Oklahoma State over South Carolina, Louisville and Auburn. He also had offers from Kentucky, Marshall, Tennessee, UAB, Middle Tennessee, and Western Kentucky.

The standout linebacker traveled to Oklahoma State with Ramon Ward, an assistant coach at Columbus High School, and both were impressed with what they saw.

"It blew my mind," Sherod told after the visit. "The trip was good and all the facilities were as nice as they could be. I was able to meet a lot of the football players and they were real cool. You can tell that they all get along well with each other."

Sherod said Friday that "the campus and the whole athletic complex, especially the football facilities, and the players really caught my attention."

Sherod finished his junior season with 110 total tackles, 22 tackles for loss, four sacks, and six fumbles caused. He earned all-county and all-metro honors.

Although he grew up a Georgia Bulldog fan, Sherod admits that he knew he was bound for Oklahoma State after returning home from his visit to Stillwater.

"I never would have thought I'd end up at Oklahoma State," Sherod said with a laugh. "I'm a hometown fan, and I grew up rooting for all the hometown teams. I saw myself going somewhere near Georgia and not Oklahoma State, but I know this is the best decision for me.

"They told me to take my time (after visiting Oklahoma State) but I already knew what my decision was so I decided to go ahead," he said. "That's the school I wanted to go to, so why wait?"

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