Most Important Newcomers: 8 Vincent Taylor

Who are the youngsters from the Oklahoma State team - either a first-year player, a redshirt freshman or a transfer who has not played a regular role as a starter, backup who saw significant minutes or on special teams - capable of making significant contributions this fall? Robert Allen ranks the top 10 players in this feature. Check back daily to see the countdown from No. 10 to No. 1.

No. 8
Vincent Taylor, DT
6-3, 285, Fr.
San Antonio (Madison), Texas

Somebody in the new class of Cowboys is likely going to have to eat some snaps at defensive tackle. If you had asked in May the popular answer would have been Snow Junior College signee Ofa Hautau. But his arrival today (July 19) makes it unlikely for him to get in any conditioning work under the guidance of Rob Glass and his staff. The huge question is what kind of shape will he be in?

Another answer might be Deonte Cruse, a walk-on transfer from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M junior college, who was part of a 58 sacks performance by the Norse defense last season. Cruse is coming along, but the summer workouts have revealed that San Antonio Madison All-State defensive tackle Vincent Taylor is as good as advertised.

Friends of mine in San Antonio said that Oklahoma State was getting the best defensive player in all of Texas high school football when they signed Taylor.

He has certainly passed more than the eye test during summer workouts as he works hard, has a great attitude and is getting bigger and stronger every day, and he was pretty good to begin with.

The answer will come in fall camp but head coach Mike Gundy loves to give freshmen an opportunity, and Taylor has earned one. Last season he had 79 tackles with 12 tackles for loss and two sacks.

There are no guarantees as the common path is for freshmen defensive tackles to redshirt. Taylor has a good chance of taking a different path.

Links to the previous stories:
No. 10 Brandon Sheperd
No. 9 Jhajuan Seales


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