Mabin Becomes The 20th Commit

The word was that Klein Oak High School linebacker Josh Mabin was considering ending his recruitment with a verbal commitment, that it would come soon and that Oklahoma State was in the "catbird seat." All of that information ended up being correct as Mabin called Cowboys defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer and head coch Mike Gundy on Wednesday night to give his verbal commitment to the Cowboys.

"Coach (Spencer) was ecstatic and he told me that the call was one that he had been wanting from the beginning," said Josh Mabin, who also had scholarship offers from Baylor, Boise State, Colorado, Houston, Mississippi, OU and Washington State.

The 6-2, 219-pound Mabin has excellent speed and it has shown up on the field. Last season he earned his way to being mentioned among the best linebackers in Texas with 135 total tackles, two sacks, an interception, and two fumbles caused. As a sophomore he finished with 64 tackles and a sack. He is a very disruptive defender.

"Practice is going well," he said. "We're putting the finishing touches to our training and we have a scrimmage coming up at the end of the week (vs. Cy-Falls)."

While Mabin said he has not taken an (unofficial) visit to Oklahoma State he is familiar with the coaches and saw them at the satellite camp where they guest coached early in the summer.

He said he has been considering Oklahoma State since the Cowboys first showed interest in him during his sophomore year. His interest was similar to that coming back the other way from Glenn Spencer.

"I'm looking forward to visiting and seeing the facilities and the campus in person," added Mabin, who is a close to 3.5 student. "It's a toss up right now (choice for major) between industrial distribution and architectural design, but I know for sure that I am going to minor in journalism."

Okay, I think we can put Mabin in the good student category and you would think that the academic staff of Marilyn Middlebrook and Terry Henley would be excited about his prowess in the classroom, while the coaches like his prowess on the field.

Mabin is the 20th verbal commitment for the Cowboys. He is the third linebacker commitment joining Gyasi Akem and projected outside/star linebacker Justin Phillips.

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