OSU Picks Up First Commit in Class of 2012

Chalk up one for 2012, and 2011 is not even close to being finished. In what has to rank as the earliest commitment ever for Oklahoma State, middle linebacker prospect Dalton Santos of Van, Texas, pledged to the Cowboys Thursday night after watching their 38-35 come from behind victory over Texas A&M. Santos was in Stillwater on an unofficial visit as his team has a bye week in high school play.

"Yes sir, I did commit to Oklahoma State," said Santos in a follow-up call after saying he had a great time initially but failing to mention he committed.

"I am very comfortable with Oklahoma State right now and it would take something really special from another school to change that. It is the kind of town, the kind of situation that I was looking for."

Santos showed up at several combines this summer and impressed a wide variety of coaches and recruiting observers with his size, athleticism, and attitude. Santos, quite frankly, loves to play football.

The 6-2, 228-pound junior is off to a tremendous beginning this season as he has 75 tackles, 70 unassisted, 13 tackles for loss, a sack, and a forced fumble. In the fourth game of the season he posted a 25 tackle game against Crandall. He also had five tackles for loss in that game.

"Yes sir, I feel like I'm doing good," said Santos of his first five games. "Last season I started out and I wasn't even playing linebacker but then I switched to linebacker and I ended up with 123 tackles. I was really comfortable and felt like I was playing good. I wanted to get out that way at the start of this season. Really, my goal was just to get back to where I was last season, but with 75 tackles in the first five games, I think I can do even better."

There are others that believe that as well. Oklahoma State has offered a scholarship and Santos, who is enjoying a bye week with his teammates from Van, was in Stillwater on Thursday night to watch the Cowboys 38-35 win over Texas A&M.

While Oklahoma State is his only offer right now, Santos said he has heard from more than 20 schools and he gets lots of mail from Baylor, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Minnesota, and Nebraska.

His trip on Thursday was a good one and he liked what he saw in the stadium and outside.

"It is a small town atmosphere with big time football," said Santos. "I was highly pleased with everything I saw. I went to camp there this summer and I was impressed then with the coaching staff, but I was really impressed with the the coaches last night.

"The fans are fantastic. They were down 21-7 in the first half and the fans were still into it, going wild. That says something. It is a really good school."

Santos had a strong sophomore season as he mentioned earlier he had 123 tackles. He also earned District 14-3A Sophomore of the Year honor with the 123 tackles including four sacks, an interception, a fumble forced, and three passes defended.

Van is 3-2 on the season and after this bye week gets ready to get back into district play with a game at Quinlan (Ford), Texas.

"I have opportunities to look at other schools and go to other games but I may have to wait now until after my football season," concluded Santos. "The schedule just doesn't work out."

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