Cowboys Top Junior College Targets

Oklahoma State is looking to fill some needs on defense with some junior college prospects. The Cowboys are in the market for a linebacker, safety and possibly a defensive tackle or end from the junior college ranks. Let's take a look at some of the junior college prospects that the Cowboys coaching staff may be considering to add to the Class of 2014.

Oklahoma State has one junior college commitment in Jeremiah Ledbetter of Hutchinson Community College in the Kansas Jayhawk Conference.

In four games, Hutch has a 2-2 record and Ledbetter, a 6-3, 270-pound defensive end has 16 total tackles with two sacks for 16 yards in losses, and a total of three tackles for loss with 17-yards in losses. Those are more than solid numbers.

Reportedly, Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer was watching Ellsworth (Iowa) Community College linebacker Devante Averette, who is currently committed to West Virginia. Averette and his Panthers teammates defeated Iowa Central 14-10 on Saturday. Averette has 37 total tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss and a fumble recovery in three games

Oklahoma State is in the market for a junior college linebacker, a junior college safety and possibly a junior college defensive tackle or end.

On the linebacker front, besides Averette, A.J. Smith at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M is 6-2, 225 and originally out of Stilwell, Okla. He was the Jim Thorpe Small College Defensive Player of the Year in Oklahoma last season and this fall has 22 tackles with 4.5 tackles for loss and two sacks.

I watched Smith and his teammates Saturday defeat Southeast Prep 42-10 in Miami. Southeast Prep's only touchdown was a pick six and NEO also scored on a pick six by standout safety Devron Moore, who you will read more about below. NEO allowed on 75 yards of total offense and only 53 rushing yards in the game. Smith had six tackles in the game and a sack for a 2-yard loss.

University of Illinois defensive coordinator Tim Banks was at the game watching several players, but primarily Devron Moore out of Carthage, Mo. The 6-1, 190-pound safety missed the first half because he was late for a Friday meeting (overslept).

He made up for it with five tackles, three solos, on the first five plays of the second half. He also intercepted his third pass of the season and returned this one 72 yards for a touchdown. Moore finished the game with seven tackles, five unassisted. He now has 26 tackles on the season with three interceptions. He is one of the top safety prospects in all of junior college.

The other three top NEO defensive prospects are defensive tackle Alex Villareal, cornerback Ronnie Davis and linebacker Zach Maynard. You might also keep an eye on defensive tackle Braylon Freeman.

Villareal originally signed with Oklahoma State and was placed at NEO. He has been a standout in the classroom and will be ready in December. In the win over Southeast, he had seven tackles and one for a loss. On the season the 6-4, 295-pound Villareal has 18 tackles and two for loss.

Zach Maynard was a dominant player on Saturday with 10 unassisted tackles and two assisted tackles plus two sacks for 27 yards in losses. He also was credited with a QB hurry. On the season the 6-1, 225-pound product of Davis, Okla., has 22 unassisted tackles and 28 total tackles with three sacks, a fumble forced and a fumble recovered.

Ronnie Davis, a former Midwest City Bomber, is a 6-1, 175-pound corner who had his second interception of the season on Saturday. He also had two tackles in the contest and has five unassisted tackles and 11 total tackles on the season.

Braylon McKinney is a tree stump inside that is tough to move at 6-1, 295 pounds. The Lawton MacArthur product had six unassisted tackles and 10 total tackles in the Southeast win. He also had a sack for an eight-yard loss and another tackle for a loss of three yards. He was credited with a QB hurry as well.

On the offensive side, guard Derrick Crawford (6-3, 315 pounds) is a sophomore out in December. Originally from Tulsa East Central, he is getting a lot of looks.

Oklahoma State has four other safety prospects that the coaching staff has been mentioned in connection with including standout Derrick Moncrief of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

The 6-3, 226-pound Moncrief is more like a linebacker and is committed to Auburn. He may be injured as he only played in the first two games for Gulf Coast with four tackles. He completely missed the Jones C.C. upset over Gulf Coast this past Thursday.

Josh Keys, 6-2, 285 pounds, also missed that game. Keys has just three tackles in two games but he has two interceptions.

In the Southwest Junior College Conference, Kilgore's Michael Mathis is a 6-3, 218-pound safety who has just four tackles, but the Kilgore stats have not been updated.

Savion Brown is a Tyler (Texas) College safety who will run into the NEO crew on Thursday night as the Norsemen will host TJC in Miami in a conference showdown. Brown is 6-1, 197 pounds and has 22 total tackles, one tackle for loss with several pass breakups on the season.

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