Cowboys Add Junior College Defensive Tackle

It was easy to get a feeling back on June 8 that Jeremiah Ledbetter would end up casting his future football lot with Oklahoma State. The 6-3, 272-pound defensive tackle was in Stillwater with several of his Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College teammates and some other junior college prospects as they watched a record number of high school players go through the Cowboys one-day minicamp.

Ledbetter spent a lot of time that day with the trio of defensive line coach Joe Bob Clements, defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer and head coach Mike Gundy as Ledbetter spent time sitting in Gundy's office with the head coach.

It took a little over a week but on Tuesday afternoon Ledbetter did it.

"Yes sir, I committed to Oklahoma State," said the former high school standout from Gainesville, Ga. "I talked to Coach Clements and Coach Spencer this afternoon."

Ledbetter said on June 8 that he was appreciative to the Hutchinson coaching staff that they had enough defensive tackles his freshman season so they red-shirted Ledbetter. As a result, he will play for Hutch this season and then have three seasons to play at the Division I level.

His story is unique as he moved early in his senior season from Olympia High School in Orlando, Fla., to Gainesville, Ga., where he joined up with the Red Elephants and become in the words of one high school writer, "a one-man wrecking crew."

Gainesville was a defensive force that went deep into the playoffs with Ledbetter being a somewhat unknown defensive hero. Several newspaper stories during that playoff run identified him as being the backbone of the Gainesville defensive dominance. Back then he was 6-3, 245 pounds, but he has matured physically and is set to have a huge season for Hutchinson in the Jayhawk League this fall.

What leads him to Stillwater after this fall at Hutchinson? "The facilities are the best and they have good people there and a good school," answered Ledbetter in why he committed to Oklahoma State. "I have a good relationship with Coach Clements and Coach Spencer."

Ledbetter said he is not sure what he will major in but he is ready to play football for the Cowboys. He is the second defensive tackle in the class as he joins Joyan Williams, who is now 6-2, 272 pounds.

Ledbetter is the 12th commitment in the 2014 recruiting class for OSU. Verbal commitments are non-binding and do not become official until a Letter of Intent is signed on the first Wednesday in February 2014.

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