OSU Expects To Sign Three Juco Players

My dad used to play a game with us as kids. Good news/bad news he would say, which one do you want first he would ask. We will give you the good news first. The Oklahoma State Cowboys are expecting three junior college players to sign on Wednesday, the first day of the junior college signing period, and two of those players were part of the 2009 recruiting class two years ago.

Coming back to Oklahoma State will be offensive tackle Michael Bowie, originally out of Sand Springs. He just wrapped up helping Navarro (Texas) College win the NJCAA national championship with a 13-12 victory over Butler (Kan.) C.C. in the Citizens Bank Bowl.

Bowie has been a two-year starter at Navarro and at 6-5, 315 pounds looks really good. One rival Big 12 coach said, "I am sick to my stomach thinking of Bowie playing on the Oklahoma State offensive line for the next two seasons."

Ryan Robinson, out of Jones County C.C. in Mississippi, is also coming back to the Cowboys. He signed with OSU out of high school in Georgia from Hoschton Mill Creek. Robinson, a 6-4, 265 pound defensive end, had a strong season with 64 total tackles, 13 tackles for losses, 8 sacks for -37 yards, and a forced fumble.

The third signee is linebacker Alex Elkins of Blinn (Texas) Junior College. Elkins was a baseball player and played rugby in high school and just picked up football in junior college. He is a natural as he played well for two seasons at Blinn, including on the 2009 national championship team. As a sophomore this season he had 74 tackles with 10 tackles for losses, 2.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery. Elkins is 6-4, 235 pounds with sensational 4.55 speed.

We also learned earlier this week about the bonus of Hutchinson C.C. defensive tackle Josh Thompson planning to walk-on at Oklahoma State this spring after fielding scholarship offers from the likes of Southern Miss, Troy, and Colorado State.

Another potential walk-on is Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Junior College defensive tackle Caleb Thyer. The 6-2, 285-pound Miami, Okla., native tore his ACL in the third game this season and was out for the rest of the year. He still got a couple of scholarship offers including Pittsburg (Kan.) State. He finished (in three games) with 21 tackles, 10 unassisted, 3 tackles for losses, and a sack. Good numbers for less than three games. He will make a visit up to Oklahoma State this weekend.

There is still no word on defensive tackle Sylvester Williams from Coffeyville (Kan.) C.C. The 6-4, 320-pounder that earned first team All-Jayhawk Conference this season has visited North Carolina, Southern Cal, Mississippi, and Oklahoma State. He has not answered any phone calls and is thought to be deciding between North Carolina, Oklahoma State, and Mississippi.

The bad news comes in the way of some potential visitors and junior college recruits for this upcoming weekend.

At one time it was thought that Navarro defensive end and Citizens Bank Bowl Defensive MVP Toby Jackson would hold off signing and visit Oklahoma State. He will not and said he will sign with Central Florida where he visited last weekend.

"I have officially committed to UCF and I am excited about my opportunity to play there," Toby Jackson told Scout. "It is close to home, I get to play with my brother (Kentarious Jackson committed to them over the weekend), and I feel I can make a big impact there.

"They have a couple of defensive ends leaving that are seniors, so I have a chance to come in, compete for that starting spot, and contribute right away. I want to get on the field, I am already looking forward to that, and I want to help the team quickly," Jackson added.

Also, cornerback D.J. Hayden of Navarro C.C. was expected to visit Oklahoma State but he has announced he is going to stick with a previous commitment to Houston and sign with the Cougars.

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