Bowie, Robinson Sign With OSU

A pair of junior college standouts - Michael Bowie of Navarro (Texas) College and Ryan Robinson of Jones County (Miss.) Community College - signed letters of intent on Wednesday to play at Oklahoma State next season. Both Bowie and Robinson will enroll at Oklahoma State in January and participate in spring drills.

"Both Ryan and Michael are quality people and they are excited about being part of the Oklahoma State football program," Cowboys head coach Mike Gundy said. "We are excited about them as well and we expect both of them to improve our team on the field next season."

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.

Robinson was a first team All-Region 23 defensive end at Jones County this past season.

A third junior college player who is committed to Oklahoma State is linebacker Alex Elkins of Blinn (Texas) Junior College. Elkins is not expected to sign Wednesday but will wait to do so in February.

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, 6-4, 235 pounds with sensational 4.55 speed, was a second team All-Southwest Junior College Football Conference honoree this past season.

We also learned earlier this week about the bonus of Hutchinson (Kan.) 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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