Four Visiting This Weekend

Two players already pledged to the Oklahoma State Cowboys who are planning to arrive at mid-term for the opportunity to practice this spring and two players committed to other schools make up the expected roll of official visitors for the Oklahoma State football program this weekend.

The Big 12 champion Cowboys were be back at work Friday afternoon and will also practice on Saturday, allowing the four visitors to see some of the bowl preparation.

The four visitors expected include Navarro Junior College and former Tulsa Washington All-State defensive tackle Calvin Barnett, the player committed to the Cowboys the longest in linebacker Jeremiah Tshimanga of North Richland Hills (Richland), Texas, offensive lineman Germain Ifedi of Houston (Westside), Texas, and speedster running back Daniel Brooks from Port Lavaca (Calhoun), Texas.

Ifedi is currently committed to Texas A&M and Brooks is committed to Oklahoma.

Barnett surprised the Cowboys and signed with Arkansas after being a longtime commitment to Oklahoma State out of Tulsa Washington. He failed to qualify and played for a national champion as a freshman at Navarro and earned NJCAA second-team All-America honors and All-SWJCFC honors this season.

Barnett, who has slimmed down in junior college and is now 6-3, 285 pounds, finished with 35 total tackles, five tackles for loss, two sacks, two fumbles forced, and three fumbles recovered. Barnett is expected to sign with OSU as soon as Sunday and be on campus for the spring.

Tshimanga is a unique story that has persevered a difficult life growing up. He is truly an amazing young man. The 6-2, 225-pound linebacker had 84 tackles, 40 unassisted, five sacks, a fumble forced, and a fumble recovery returned for a touchdown. He is also scheduled to enroll at Oklahoma State at mid-term after graduating from high school early.

Ifedi is a 6-6, 315-pound tackle prospect that has all the tools to be outstanding. He can bench press 325 pounds and squat 450 pounds. He was first committed to Missouri before switching early in the summer to Texas A&M.

Brooks is a 5-10, 170-pound speedster who helped his team to a 12-1 season. He rushed for 1,305 yards on 96 carries and had six receptions for 105 yards. He returned punts and kicks and accounted for 11 touchdowns. On defense, he had 21 tackles and three interceptions. He has been committed for some time to Oklahoma, but told Scout that he intends to visit several schools.

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