Elkins Sees, Hears Something Special At OSU

Alex Elkins hasn't played a whole lot of football because he did not play while he was in high school at Keller, Texas, but he has sure picked it up in a hurry. He picked it up so well that Oklahoma State jumped in and offered him a scholarship and now Elkins, after his official visit this past weekend, can't wait to get back and get started.

"I have to tell you that my visit was absolutely amazing," said the 6-4, 235-pound linebacker out of Blinn Junior College. "It was just amazing, from the coaching staff to the facilities. The facilities are unbelievable, everything about them.'

Elkins was a baseball player and played rugby in high school but attended an open tryout at Blinn for football and immediately caught the eye of the staff and head coach Brad Franchione. Yes, the son of former Texas A&M head coach Dennis Franchione, who has just been named the new head coach at Texas State University. In fact, Brad has now joined his dad there.

Elkins immediately became a linebacker and a special teams dynamo as he helped Blinn to the 2009 national championship, a teammate of now Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton. Elkins had a good year and followed that up this season with 73 tackles, 29 unassisted. He also had 10 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, 2 fumbles caused, and a fumble recovery.

Elkins has been on a championship team and he sees some things he really likes in Stillwater.

"My host was Cooper Bassett and we clicked right off," said Elkins. "I just got a good comfortable feeling and we played some X-Box and went out and did some dancing with some ladies on campus.

"We went over to the deep snapper's house and what I found is a team that has something really special about the way they feel about each other. I got to meet Justin Blackmon and he is a great guy. They have a special feeling on that team."

Elkins said he found out that his junior college coach had left Blinn on Facebook. Elkins is finishing up this spring, not at Blinn, but closer to home at Tarrent County Community College. He said he is on schedule to graduate and will be at Oklahoma State this summer getting ready to contribute.

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