Cowboys Commits Among Nation's Best

The old saying "success breeds success" is certainly proving to be true with the Oklahoma State football team. The Cowboys have won 29 games the past three season, including a school-record 11 contests in 2010. Those wins on the field are also paying off when it comes to recruiting as evidence when the Scout Top 300 for the Class of 2012 was released Monday.

All four of Oklahoma State's early verbal commitments – linebacker Dalton Santos, athlete Bralon Addison, cornerback Kendall Sanders and linebacker Jeremiah Tshimanga – are included in the Scout Top 300, and actually are ranked as four of the top 250 high school prospects in the nation.

Sanders is ranked No. 107, followed by Addison (118), Santos (166), and Tshimanga (226).

"Oklahoma State is off to another very impressive start in recruiting and from a recruiting standpoint I do not know if there has been a better time to be a Cowboy," said's Midlands Recruiting Manager Greg Powers.

"OSU has now materialized as a legitimate player for many of the Texas top-ranked recruits. So far in 2012 they have pulled in four commitments, all from the Lone Star state, and all four are in the Top 250 nationally and bear the distinction of having 4 stars next to their names. No OSU class has started off with that type of bang since's inception in 2002," said Powers.

The 6-0, 175-pound Sanders, from Athens, Texas, is the top-ranked cornerback prospect in the Midlands region.

Santos, the 6-2, 235-pounder from Van, Texas, is the No. 1 middle linebacker prospect in the Midland region.

The 6-3, 226-pound Tshimanga, from North Richland Hills (Richland), Texas, is ranked the fourth-best outside linebacker prospect in the Midlands.

Addison, a 5-10, 182-pound speedster from Missouri City (Hightower), Texas, is the sixth-best wide receiver prospect in the Midlands.

"You will see that Athen High's Kendall Sanders is ranked as the region's top cornerback. He committed to OSU with the thought of playing receiver in his mind and he could easily end up on the offensive side of the ball, he is after all one of the state's fastest athletes," said Powers. "At the end of the day, I just love his potential as a defender. He is rangy and explosive. He has great size and moves well. There are a lot of guys using that combination of size/speed to make millions playing in the NFL."

Oklahoma State also is in the running for Barry Sanders, the four-star running back from Heritage Hall in Oklahoma City who is No. 51 among all prospects.

"One name you will not find among the Top 50 in the country is a name that I would have said was a certain lock to be among that Top 50 is Barry Sanders," said Powers. "Sanders checks in at number 51, for the time being. He is recovering from a foot injury that sidelined him for much of his junior season. While on the field he was an explosive and valuable weapon. Once he is full go you can bet your bottom dollar that the future U.S. Army All-American will climb the charts."

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