Ornelas: I Loved It

Linebacker Nico Ornelas of Richland Hills (Richland High), Texas, made his pledge to Oklahoma State in June. While he was in Stillwater last weekend for an unofficial visit to the campus and to watch the Cowboys play Tulsa, Ornelas saw OSU run its record to 3-0 with a 65-28 pasting of Tulsa, and he enjoyed it.

"It was fun and I love it up there," said the 6-3, 190-pound outside linebacker that has good speed and admits he is always looking to put on some weight.

"The game was kind of long but it turned out the right way. I just watch it for fun. I know that will be me out there in a couple of years. I don't watch it like it's me out there. I just want to be a fan while I can."

While Ornelas is a fan on Saturdays, he is very active on Fridays. Richland is off to a 3-1 start with its only loss coming to nationally ranked Euless Trinity. Ornelas said they most recently knocked off Irving MacArthur and his future teammate at Oklahoma State Johnny Haynes.

"It was a shootout, a really good game," said Ornelas. "I know Johnny scored one rushing touchdown and he may have had another."

Ornelas is a pretty humble guy and talked a lot about his team which has a bye week this week before taking on Irving High School a week from this Friday.

"I'm playing pretty good," he said when asked about him personally. "I know I have 27 tackles and either two or three sacks. I also had a fumble recovery but the ref ruled it a forward pass instead of a pitch. It was a close call and I thought I had a fumble recovery."

The speedy Ornelas feels good about Richland, 3-1 overall and 1-1 in district play, having a good chance for the playoffs.

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