Cowboys Pick Up Victor Irokansi

Defensive end is a primary position in Oklahoma State's recruiting efforts and the Cowboys added another pledge at that position to the 2012 class on Wednesday evening when standout Victor Irokansi of Pflugerville (Hendrickson), Texas informed Cowboys co-defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer he was switching his commitment from Colorado to Oklahoma State.

The 6-3, 230-pound Irokansi had been recruited by both schools going back to last fall, but he said the Cowboys picked up their interest in the last several weeks.

"Oklahoma State offered me yesterday," Irokansi explained. "I committed to them today. You know Coach Spencer has been recruiting me since the very beginning.

"It has been wild here lately, almost like last Sepetember when all of this started up. Coach Spencer has been with me the whole time on this. He was the first coach to contact me from Oklahoma State last September."

Irokansi is both an excellent student and and outstanding player on the field. In the classroom he has a 3.4 GPA and he posted a 1570 on the SAT college board exam. Irokansi told us he has not decided what he will major in at college.

"I will focus in on that toward the end of my senior year," he said.

On the field, the defensive end said he will also see some time on offense this season. He will put in some time at a tight end/h-back type position playing in a new offense at Hendrickson.

"I will go in on several series to do some blocking," he added.

On defense last season he had 60 tackles and seven sacks. He is a very physical player off the edge at end and has improved his forty time to 4.6 and change. He also said he has a 345-pound max on the bench press and a 500-pound max on the squat in the weight room.

He has several reasons for now deciding to bring his football and academic talents to Oklahoma State instead of Colorado.

"Oklahoma State has the best facilities in the Big 12," started the enthusiastic Irokansi. "It is close to home, a lot closer to home than Colorado. They have a great team and they are one of, maybe, the best team in the Big 12 this season.

"I have been talking with them the whole time, so I was always interested in OKlahoma State. They have great academic support, great fans, and they have Boone Pickens."

Irokansi did not stop with Oklahoma State's number one fan. Chalk up the first recruit admittedly influenced by the uniforms.

"I saw those jerseys," Irokansi added. "You know they have all those new uniforms and jerseys by Nike, kind of like Oregon-type stuff. I really like those."

If you are wondering, Irokansi is a name of Nigerian descent and Victor's parents are both natives of Nigeria that moved to the United States after they were married.

Victor was born in the United States. He is the second Oklahoma State pledge in the 2012 class of Nigerian descent as Jeremiah Tshimanga is also part of a family that moved to the United States from Nigeria.

Irokansi becomes the eighth known commitment for Oklahoma State in the 2012 recruiting class. The recent transfers by four players now allows OKlahoma State to go from a recruiting class that looked like it was only going to have 15 spots to one that will have 19 spots available.

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