OSU Signs Two Junior College Standouts

As first reported this morning, Oklahoma State used the Junior College Mid-Year Transfer Signing Day to sign two junior college standouts that will have a chance to help the Cowboys this spring. Speedster Tyreek Hill of Garden City (Kan.) Community College and Devante Averette, a standout linebacker from Ellsworth (Iowa) C.C., both signed on Wednesday with the Cowboys.

Hill is a five-star prospect, according to Scout.com, who was pursued by the likes of Florida State, Oregon, Alabama, Auburn, Nebraska and Texas. He will play at both the inside slot receiver and running back on offense and have a chance to help on special teams with returns.

Averette will immediately add some maturity at linebacker where two senior starters, Caleb Lavey and Shaun Lewis, along with key backup Joe Mitchell are graduating.

Hill, who said on Triple Play Sports Radio this morning after signing, that his last timed 40-yard sprint was as a junior in high school and was electronically timed at 4.25. He is one of the fastest 200-meter sprinters in the United States.

Originally out of Coffee High School in Douglas, Ga., Hill has world-class speed. In the spring of 2012 he ran a 10.19 in the 100 meters and a 20.14 in the 200 meters. His 100-meter time tied the seventh fastest all-time high school mark at that time and his 200-meter time was the second best ever run by a high school athlete at that distance. He is also expected to run sprints for the Oklahoma State track team while in Stillwater.

In football, this season he carried the ball 106 times for 676 rushing yards, an average of 6.5 yards per carry, with 10 touchdowns and a long run of 80 yards. He also caught 36 passes for 569 yards and six touchdowns. He averaged 5.3 yards on punt returns and had eight kickoff returns for 107 yards.

He was named on the All-Kansas Jayhawk Conference Team three times. He was honorable mention at wide receiver, second team at running back, and also second team as a return specialist.

Hill said he is 5-10 and 190 pounds right now. Hill visited Florida State this summer officially and was on an official visit to Texas last weekend. Hill signed this morning to bring his speed to Stillwater and play for head coach Mike Gundy and his recruiting coach and position coach Jason Ray.

"Oklahoma State, really, I went there on two unofficial visits and my mother, she stays in Norman, Oklahoma," Hill explained. "I told her it was either going to be OU or OSU. I went to OU and I wasn't feeling the vibe down there.

"It was OSU. OSU and my grandparents said to go to OSU. I was like, okay, I like OSU and I'm going to go to OSU. It was on the low for awhile, but my family knew where I was going.

"I just want to come in and make plays for the team," Hill continued. "I like to win. I want to win. I'll work hard and I'll grind because I want to be the best."

Averette is a 6-0, 230-pound linebacker who was named a first team NJCAA All American this week. He was also first-team All-Iowa Junior College Conference.

This season he finished with 92 tackles, 64 unassisted, four sacks, and a forced fumble. Last season he had 79 tackles with 52 unassisted, an interception, 15 tackles for losses, four sacks, and a fumble recovery. He is a high producer and a tough tackler that was committed early to West Virginia before taking an official visit to Oklahoma State and changing his mind.

"It (recruiting) made it real easy because I always wanted to go to Oklahoma State, especially when they brought out those black jerseys," Averette said chalking up another for the uniform influence.

"The way the coaches are, Mike Gundy is real laid back and cool and just a great guy. Coach (Glenn) Spencer, I had great conversations with every week. He was straight, up front with what he was going to do with me and what he expects from me. I love how his defense works."

A native of the Detroit suburb of Melvindale, Averette had 63 tackles his senior season with 47 unassisted. He had 12 sacks, six fumble recoveries, and 103 yards in losses on tackles behind the line of scrimmage. He earned all-state, all-conference, and Detroit Free Press Michigan Dream Team honors.

Both players said they have graduated and will be at Oklahoma State for the start of the spring semester.

The Cowboys have commitments from two other junior college players in first team NJCAA All American safety D'Nerius Antoine of Trinity Valley (Texas) C.C. and first-team All-Kansas Jayhawk Conference defensive tackle Jeremiah Ledbetter. Both are scheduled to sign in February and graduate from junior college this spring.

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