Meet The Class of 2014

Oklahoma State's recruiting class is ranked 10th in the nation and the best among all Big 12 teams entering National Signing Day. The Cowboys class is headlined by five-star athlete Tyreek Hill on offense and a handful of four-star prospects on defense. Here is a look at each player, including statistics, analysis and much more on each of the future Cowboys, including some preferred walk-ons.

Gyasi Akem, LB
6-1, 220
Broken Arrow, Okla.
Athletic Information: 40 time- 4.6, VJ- 29 in.
Statistics: Sr. Year- 67 tackles (46 unassisted), 10 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 interception, 2 fumble recoveries (1 TD return); Jr. Year- 75 tackles (44 unassisted), 3 sacks, 1 interception, 1 fum. recovery
Football Honors: Sr. Year- Oklahoman 1st Team All-State, Tulsa World Honorable Mention All-State, Tulsa World Honorable Mention All-Metro, 1st Team All-District 2-6A, Scout Top 300, Scout 4-Star Recruit (#22 Outside LB Nationally); Jr. Year- 1st Team All-District 2-6A, Oklahoman Honorable Mention All-State, National Underclassmen Combine 5-Star Southwest Showcase MVP and Leadership Award
Other Schools Recruited By: (all offers) Arkansas State, Baylor, Clemson, Houston, Kansas State, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, TCU, Tennessee, Texas Tech, Tulsa, Washington State
You Need to Know: This season his coaches at Broken Arrow had him playing back in coverage a lot more than they had him pressing the line of scrimmage or attacking the backfield.
Immediate Analysis: Athletically, he is absolutely the combination that you look for at the "star" linebacker with the speed and the ability to play forward versus the run and also able to drop back with coverage skills. It may have worked some into Oklahoma State's favor that he played so much in coverage mode during his senior season.The possibility also is there that in a college strength environment that he will get bigger. It is also easy to look into the future and see him as a weak side or even an inside linebacker with the ability to run sideline to sideline. His course will be decided with his personality and which direction he shows the most aptitude and enthusiasm for. He, in fact, could start at the "star" and then move as his career and his frame develops.

Gyasi Akem: His Coach's Take

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D'Nerius Antoine, LB/DB
6-0, 215
New Iberia (Westgate), La./Trinity Valley C.C., Texas

Athletic Information: 40 time- 4.45, Bench- 260 lbs., Squat- 480 lbs.
Statistics: JC/So. Year- 69 tackles (56 unassisted), 5 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions, 3 fum.caused, 2 fum.recovered, 8 passes defended; Fr. Year: 8 tackles, 1 interception; HS/Sr. Year- 402-yards rushing with 6 TDs, 308-yards passing with 5 TDs, 10 receptions for 177-yards and 2 TDs
Football Honors: JC- So. Year- 1st Team NJCAA All-American, 1st Team All-Southwest Junior College Football Conference; HS/Sr. Year- 1st Team All-State, 1st Team All-Acadiana, New Iberian Best of the Teche Team, 1st Team All-District 7-5A
Other Schools Recruited By: (all offers) Southern Miss, Troy, South Alabama
You Need to Know: He was actually a two-sport athlete at Trinity Valley, also playing basketball averaging 2.0 points and 1.3 rebounds a game his freshman year.
Immediate Analysis: The Oklahoma State defensive staff will lament that he was not able to transfer at mid-year and be in Stillwater for spring football because even without that advantage it is likely he will pressed through the summer to get in and learn as much as he can on his own and then get a speed course in August to be ready to play at the "star" position immediately. The more we learn about Antoine from those that coached him and observed him at Trinity Valley, and also in high school in Louisiana, the more we are impressed. There are several football people that I really respect that believe Antoine is very special and his potential is way up the chart. There is no doubt that he can help on special teams from day one. His ability to play on defense will directly depend on how fast he picks up the concepts from Glenn Spencer and the defensive staff.

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Devante Averette, LB
6-1, 230
Melvindale, Mich./Ellsworth C.C., Iowa

Athletic Information: 40 time- 4.45, Bench- 340 lbs. Squat- 430 lbs.
Statistics: JC/So. Year- 92 tackles (64 unassisted), 29 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 1 fum. caused, 1 fum. recovered, 1 blocked kick; Fr. Year- 79 tackles (52 unassisted), 15 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, 2 interceptions, 1 fum. recovered; HS/Sr. Year- 63 tackles, 12 sacks; Jr. Year- 56 tackles (28 unassisted), 8 sacks, 10 carries for 100 yards and 1 TD
Football Honors: JC/So. Year- NJCAA 1st Team All-American, ICCAC 1st Team All-Conference, Scout 3-Star Recruit, Scout Top 100 Junior College Prospect; Jr. Year- ICCAC 2nd Team All-Conference; HS/Sr. Year- Detroit Free Press Michigan Dream Team, 1st Team All-State, 1st Team All-Conference
Other Schools Recruited By: (offers) West Virginia (de-commit), Florida Atlantic, Appalachian State, North Texas; (others) Arkansas, Iowa, Iowa State, Minnesota
You Need to Know: He easily could have played Division I straight out of high school but had the academic hurdles and a young son, so he spent a year working a double shift as a driver's helper at UPS.
Immediate Analysis: Early reports on Averette in the weight room and from support staff is that he is as good if not better than advertised. He appreciates what he has and what he receives, and his work habits are what you would expect from hearing his story. He gets along well with teammates. He actually has some natural leadership abilities and even being a brand new player in the program will help some with that and the departure of so many seniors off the defense of last season. He has loads of athletic ability and needs to start learning the defense. That should speed up as spring football approaches. My prediction is that he finds serious playing time, if not a starting position this spring and in August. Junior college players can often have as much transition or close to that of a high school player, my guess is that will not be the case here. He has attitude and the physical skills to jump in and play fast. Pass coverage responsibilities may be the most difficult hurdle for him.

Devante Averette: His Coach's Take

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Jordan Brailford, DE
6-3, 220
Tulsa (Washington), Okla.

Athletic Information: 40 time- 4.55, VJ- 37.5 in.
Statistics: Sr. Year- 105 tackles, 9 sacks; Jr. Year- 98 tackles, 11 sacks, 2 fum. recovered (one returned for TD)
Football Honors: Sr. Year- Selection and Participant in Semper Fidelis All-American Game, Oklahoman and Tulsa World 1st Team All-State, Tulsa World 1st Team All-Metro, 1st Team All-District 1-6A, Scout Top 300, Scout 4-Star Recruit (#57 DE Nationally); Jr. Year- Tulsa World 2nd Team All-State, Oklahoma Honorable Mention All-State Team, Tulsa World 1st Team All-Metro
Other Schools Recruited By: (all offers) Baylor, Texas Tech, Kansas State, Tulsa, Memphis, Toledo, Washington State
You Need to Know: He is going through a growth spurt and has put on close to 15 pounds since the start of football season last August. College coaches actually called me during the season while watching his games and were jealous he was already committed to Oklahoma State.
Immediate Analysis: This is purely a physical wait. What I mean by that is that Brailford showed throughout his senior season that he gets playing defensive end and outside linebacker as a pass rusher. He understands his physical skills (speed) and the ability to get off blocks. The hang up with him will be that he is going through a huge growth spurt and getting bigger and stronger by the day and it is working out and getting comfortable with his body and maximizing what he is developing into that will direct how soon he is out there playing. I had several college coaches from other schools call me on Friday nights while watching him play.

Jordan Brailford: His Coach's Take

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Keenen Brown, WR
6-3, 190
Houston (Alief Taylor), Texas

Athletic Information: 40 time- 4.5
Statistics: Sr. Year- 57 receptions for 918-yards, 16.1-ypr, 9 TDs; Jr. Year- 45 receptions for 729-yards, 16.2-ypr, 9 TDs; So. Year- 35 receptions for 420-yards, 12-ypr, 6 TDs
Football Honors: Sr. Year- 1st Team All-District 18-5A, Texas Football Magazine Top 300 Texas Recruits, Texas Football Magazine Top 30 Wide Receiver, Houston Chronicle Top 100 Recruits, Waco Tribune Top 30 Texas Recruit, Scout 4-Star Recruit (#44 WR Nationally), Houston Touchdown Club Preseason All-Offensive Team, Texas High School Football All-Elite Team Class 5A Region 2; Jr. Year- 1st Team All-District 18-5A
Other Schools Recruited By: (all offers) Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Iowa State, LSU, Michigan State, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oregon, SMU, Utah, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, West Virginia, Wisconsin
You Need to Know: He started his high school career as a skinny defensive end, but then the coaching staff realized when he was picking passes out of the air that he had pretty good hands. The rest is history as he was one of the best receivers in the Houston area the past two seasons.
Immediate Analysis: His greatest attributes are his hands and his body control. You can see that watching video of Brown. His frame is suitable right now to play but what I'm really curious about is how well he will be able to get off press coverage and the overall battle with the strength of college cornerbacks and safeties. A redshirt season would not be a bad idea, but he will get every opportunity to show he is ready for prime time going into the opener with Florida State.

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Trey Carter, DE
6-4, 250
Dallas (L.G. Pinkston), Texas

Athletic Information: 40 time- 4.71, Bench- 385 lbs., Squat- 675 lbs.
Statistics: Sr. Year- 89 tackles (53 unassisted), 30 tackles for loss, 15 sacks; Jr. Year- 45 tackles, 5 sacks Football Honors: Sr. Year- 1st Team All-District 11-4A, Dallas Morning News Top 100 Recruits, Waco Tribune Top 50 Texas Recruit, Scout 4-Star Recruit (#33 DE Nationally); Jr. Year- 1st Team All-District 1-3A (played at Green Oaks Magnet High School in Shreveport, La.)
Other Schools Recruited By: (offers) Arizona State, Arkansas, Colorado State, Illinois, Kansas, Miami (Fla.), Mississippi, Mississippi State, North Texas, Oklahoma, Southern Miss, TCU, Tennessee, Tulane; (others) Florida, Kansas State, Oregon, Texas A&M, Texas Tech
You Need to Know: If you wonder why there is a theory that Carter could wind up much bigger and playing defensive tackle it may be because he loves to cook. He can get in the kitchen and kick up some good home-style and Cajun food better than any recruit on this list.
Immediate Analysis: He may be as ready as any defensive line recruit in the class to step in and play as he is very mature physically, but he is also likely to continue growing. It's a classic case of a defensive end that may get in the weight room and develop into a defensive tackle, or a player capable of jumping in or out, and those kind of players are very valuable and often graduate to the next level. Explosive and that is his greatest attribute.

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Jordan Frazier, TE
6-6, 247
Springfield (Lighthouse Christian), Mo.
Athletic Information: 40 time- 4.68, Bench- 320 lbs., VJ- 34 in.
Statistics: Sr. Year- 24 receptions for 423-yards, 17.6-ypr, 5 TDs, 22 tackles (13 unassisted), 1 sack; Jr. Year- 32 receptions for 535-yards, 16.7-ypr, 5 TDs
Football Honors: Sr. Year- Scout 2-Star Recruit
Other Schools Recruited By: (offers) Florida Atlantic, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Liberty, Missouri State, Tennessee; (others) Alabama, Arkansas, Missouri, USC, Vanderbilt, Wisconsin
You Need to Know: You can dismiss the two-star ranking because he played on a home school team that few recruiting reporters check out, even on video. However, his team is going in the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame for winning the home school national championship.
Immediate Analysis: The hardest part of evaluating Frazier is the level of competition he played against. But in the championship game against a very athletic team from Virginia he fared really well. His blocking technique is good and I like his route running and his hands. Everything adds up to a player that likely won't take too long to be ready. The maturity to go from home school, limited group work with academics and sports to transitioning to a college campus shows he has maturity off the field.

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Lemaefe Galea'i, OL
6-5, 327
Euless (Trinity), Texas

Statistics: Sr. Year- 79 knockdowns, overall grade of 91 percent, did not allow a sack; Jr. Year- Overall grade of 88 percent
Football Honors: Sr. Year- Associated Press Sports Editors Honorable Mention All-State, 1st Team All-District 6-5A, Scout 3-Star Recruit (#44 OG Nationally), Texas Football Magazine Top 300 Texas Recruits, Texas Football Magazine Best of the Rest Texas Offensive Linemen, Dallas Morning News Top 100 Recruits; Jr. Year- 1st Team All-District 6-5A
Other Schools Recruited By: (offers ) Baylor, BYU, Utah State; (other) Iowa State
You Need to Know: You simply have to see Galea'I, or "Junior," in person to appreciate how big this young man is. The real impressive aspect of it is he is not fat, this is a very solidly built big, very big, young man.
Immediate Analysis: Galea'i is a big, strong young man and I really think from a physical standpoint he won't have a problem competing. The biggest change will be the mental demands that come in blocking for a balanced offense that does a lot of things. The beauty of the Oklahoma State offense is it stays somewhat simple for the offensive linemen. There are rules to play by in the OSU offense and those shouldn't take a great deal of time for him to memorize. The best thing is he comes in ready to play physically much earlier than other recent recruitsat this position group.

Lamaefe ‘Junior' Galea'i: His Coach's Take

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Chris Hardeman, CB
5-9, 178
Houston (Alief Taylor), Texas

Athletic Information: 40 time- 4.5, Bench- 240 lbs., Squat- 430 lbs., VJ- 36 in.
Statistics: Sr. Year- 25 tackles (15 unassisted), 1 interception, 13 passes defended; Jr. Year- 47 tackles, 1 interception, 22 passes defended; So. Year- 42 tackles, 1 interception, 1 fum. recovery, 8 passes defended
Football Honors: Sr. Year- Participant in Semper Fidelis All-American Game, 1st Team All-District 18-5A, Texas Football Magazine 2nd Team All-Super Team, Texas Football Magazine Top 300 Texas Recruits, Texas Football Magazine Top 30 Texas Defensive Backs, Houston Chronicle Top 100 Recruits, Waco Tribune Top 100 Texas Recruit, Scout 4-Star Recruit (#32 CB Nationally), Houston Touchdown Club Preseason All-Defensive Team, Texas High School Football All-Elite Team Class 5A Region II; Jr. Year- Return Specialist of the Year District 18-5A, 1st Team All-District 18-5A (DB and Returns), Texas Sports Writers Association 2nd Team All-State; So. Year- 2nd Team All-District 18-5A
Other Schools Recruited By: (all offers) Georgia, LSU, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UCLA, Utah, Wake Forest, West Virginia
You Need to Know: Check that vertical listed above, and that is what allows him to be so good as a cornerback at 5-9. He is also really good at finding position as he and the opposing receiver are running through the route.
Immediate Analysis: Check the attitude as this is what impresses me the most about Hardeman. He is determined to win his battles on the field, and for a cornerback that is as important as anything else. Cowboys fans will be reminded some of Brodrick Brown in that he has that "bulldog" mentality that helps so much in man coverage. He is also stronger than he might look. He should also readily adapt to the more aggressive style defensively that Oklahoma State instituted on the corners last season. It's even better that he should not be pressed into duty immediately with some players ahead of him that played last season and that redshirted last season. He could be an immediate contributor on special teams.

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Dylan Harding, DB
6-2, 190
Jenks, Okla.

Athletic Information: 40 time- 4.35, Bench- 280 lbs., Squat- 480 lbs., VJ- 34 in.
Statistics: Sr. Year- 59 tackles, 1 interception, 1 fumble caused, 1 fumble recovery, 21 rec. for 563-yards, 26.8-ypr, 7 TDs; Jr. Year- 75 tackles, 4 interceptions
Football Honors: Sr. Year- Oklahoma and Tulsa World 1st Team All-State, Tulsa World 1st Team All-Metro, 1st Team All-District 2-6A, Scout 3-Star Recruit (#60 Safety Nationally); Jr. Year- 1st Team All-District 2-6A
Other Schools Recruited By: (all offers) Arizona State, Colorado State, Illinois, Iowa State, North Carolina, Memphis, North Texas, Oregon State, Texas Tech, UTSA, Toledo, Tulsa, Washington State
You Need to Know: He was overshadowed by teammate Steven Parker, but Harding can do it all and is also a MLB Draft-caliber baseball prospect. He wanted to to go Oklahoma State and laid it on the line at a one-day camp in the summer blistering the stopwatches in the 40.
Immediate Analysis: Some people might think this is a knock but I promise it is not. Harding could be on the field as early or earlier than any other signee in this recruiting class. I see him as a special teams contributor on all cover units and return units too. He should be as excellent prospect for immediate playing time as he will likely be somewhere just north of 200 pounds when he arrives and he has excellent speed. He was recruited initially as a "star" linebacker prospect, but I think could become an either/or type of player with the "star" and the safety positions. I really see him being a great replacement on the roster for Zack Craig, who while he never nailed down a permanent starting position was able to contribute in so many ways. The difference may be that Harding comes in with a little more playing experience than Craig did when he arrived, and Harding has the experience benefit of playing on both sides of the ball at powerhouse Jenks.

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Tyreek Hill, Ath./Returns
5-9, 185, 4.4
Douglas (Coffee County), Ga./Garden City C.C., Kan.

Athletic Information: 40 time- 4.25 (electronic), 100 meters time- :10.19 (electronic in a track meet), 200 meters- :20.14 (electronic in a track meet)
Statistics: JC/So. Year- rush: 36 carries for 676-yards, 6.5-ypc, 10 TDs, 36 rec. for 569-yards, 16.6-ypr, 6 TDs; Fr. Year- 66 carries for 389-yards, 5.9-ypc, 2 TDs
Football Honors: JC/So. Year- 2nd Team All-Jayhawk Conference RB and KR, Honorable Mention All-Jayhawk WR, Scout 5-Star Recruit, Scout Top 100 Junior College Prospect
Other Schools Recruited By: (all offers) FSU, Texas, Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas, Arizona State, Baylor, Kansas, Kansas State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee, UCLA, USC
You Need to Know: His track times are world class and he will walk in to Oklahoma State as one of the fastest players in Division I college football. He is also expected to be the foundation of Oklahoma State track returning to competition in sprints.
Immediate Analysis: He will be one of the fastest players, maybe the very fastest player, in all of college football when next season rolls around. That is not the kind of talent you sit on and let develop but it is the kind of talent you use immediately. He can play in the backfield and did often in junior college. He can and wants to play in the slot receiver role because he feels it will be his future in the NFL. Oklahoma State got his signature over the likes of Oregon, Florida State and Alabama because they were willing to play him at both positions. I have seen him run routes in person and he has skill there. His speed is evident just watching from the side, and that is not always the case. Only the fastest humans can give you that whoosh feeling as they run by. He follows direction well and showed good hands. He also has to be considered for returns on both kickoffs and punts. He will play from the beginning or it is a disappointment.

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Chris Lacy, WR
6-3, 185
DeSoto, Texas

Athletic Information: 40 time- 4.55
Statistics: Sr. Year- 60 receptions for 1,206-yards, 18.9-ypr, 16 TDs, 4 kickoff returns for 11.8-yds avg.; Jr. Year- 29 receptions for 339 yards, 11-7-ypr, 3 TDs
Football Honors: Sr. Year- Associated Press Sports Editors Honorable Mention All-State Team, 1st Team All-District 7-5A, Texas Football Magazine Top 300 Texas Recruits, Texas Football Magazine Top 30 Texas Wide Receivers, Dallas Morning News Top 100 Recruits; Jr. Year- Honorable Mention All-District 7-5A
Other Schools Recruited By: (offers) Arizona State, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Northwestern; (others) Arkansas, BYU, Houston, Ohio State, TCU, Texas A&M
You Need to Know: He played with the reputation as a sophomore and junior that he was a possession receiver that was best at moving the chains. Nothing wrong with that, but as a senior showed the ability to get open deep and be an explosive playmaker.
Immediate Analysis: His numbers are outstanding and he might be able to jump in and play quickly, but the best approach with Lacy likely will be heavy doses of the weight room so that he can fully grow into that 6-3 frame and become the kind of physical receiver the Cowboys have seen really excel in the offense. He is like a lot of young receivers that likes what he sees in a Dez Bryant. Lacy can have that type of body with some work in the West End Zone facility. His speed is good, but Rob Glass and his staff have had lots of experience at also improving that some with young receivers with the kind of frame Lacy has. I would predict a red-shirt and with the competition ahead of him it makes all the sense.

Chris Lacy: His Coach's Take

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Josh Mabin, LB
6-2, 219
Spring (Klein Oak), Texas
Athletic Information: 40 time- 4.59, Bench- 385 lbs., Squat- 520 lbs., VJ- 32 in.
Statistics: Sr. Year- Jr. Year- 135 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 interception, 2 fum. caused; So. Year- 64 tackles (47 unassisted) 1 sack
Football Honors: Sr. Year- Texas Football Magazine Top 300 Texas Recruits, Texas Football Magazine Top 30 Texas Linebackers, Houston Chronicle Top 100 Recruits, Waco Tribune Top 100 Texas Recruit, Scout 3-Star Recruit (#21 OLB Nationally), Texas High School Football All-Elite Team Class 5A Region II; Jr. Year- 2nd Team All-District 13-5A
Other Schools Recruited By: (offers) Baylor, Boise State, Colorado, Houston, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana Tech, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Washington State; (others) Texas, Texas A&M
You Need to Know: He is a very unselfish football player that took the same enthusiasm he had for whipping blockers and making plays on defense and used it on offense, primarily doing some blocking on that side of the ball.
Immediate Analysis: If you listen to his coach, Dave Smith, he is going to be an immediate standout that will play quickly. The first thing you notice about Mabin is how mature he is physically, and that shows up on the field. Because of that he is likely to play as a freshman and could be an immediate contributor on special teams. Another noticeable observation with him is his ability to both play downhill on the run and also drop into coverage. He is good with his athleticism at both. I see him as weak side linebacker and could be a factor there this season on the depth chart. If not, he will be that special teams dynamo player and be at linebacker eventually.

Josh Mabin: His Coach's Take

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Matthew Mucha, OL
6-6, 260
Houston (Clear Lake), Texas
Athletic Information: 40 time- 4.85, Bench- 300 lbs., Squat- 505 lbs., VJ- 27.5 in.
Football Honors: Sr. Year- 2nd Team All-District 24-5A, 1st Team Academic All-District 24-5A, Houston Chronicle Top 100 Recruits, Waco Tribune Top 100 Texas Recruit, Texas High School Football All-Elite Team Class 5A Region III; Jr. Year- 1st Team Academic All-District 24-5A
Other Schools Recruited By: (all offers) Arkansas, Memphis, UCF, Texas Tech
You Need to Know: A very smart player that is a two-time Academic All-District selection, Mucha is the kind of player that will become a leader on the offensive line. He reminds you physically of a young Parker Graham.
Immediate Analysis: Absolutely a slam dunk redshirt candidate as most young offensive linemen are but at 6-6 he has so much frame to develop and he will get every advantage doing that in the weight room with Rob Glass and his staff. The other huge positive with Mucha is that he has natural speed and quickness, and good feet. Once he develops more in size and strength you combine the foot quickness and intelligence and he is a complete offensive line prospect.

Matthew Mucha: His Coach's Take

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Juwan Offray, CB
5-11, 170
New Orleans (Karr), La.

Athletic Information: 40 time- 4.5, VJ- 33 in.
Football Honors: Sr. Year- Offense-Defense All-American Game Selection and Participant, 1st Team All-District 9-4A; Jr. Year- 2nd Team All District 9-4A
Other Schools Recruited By: (offers) Nebraska, South Alabama
You Need to Know: He showed up at Oklahoma State's camp wanting to earn an offer and by the time the position skills drills were over the receivers were counting in line to avoid having to go against him.
Immediate Analysis: His centerfield experience in baseball helps his development and in watching him on tape the very impressive things that he does are tracking the football when it's in the air. He is very good at making sure he is in the right place to play the ball. His other standout trait is his hitting. Offray just explodes with all of his body into other players whether he is tackling or blocking in a special teams situation. He had a block on a punt return on tape from last season that makes you hurt watching it. He is a tough kid mentally and that also gives him a chance to play earlier.

Juwan Offray: His Coach's Take

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Jarrell Owens, DE
6-3, 240
Palestine, Texas

Athletic Information: 40 time- 4.66
Statistics: Sr. Year- 81 carries for 678-yards 8.4-ypc avg., 6 TDs, 14 receptions for 232-yards, 16.6-ypr avg., 2 TDs, 23 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 2 fum. caused; Jr. Year- 60 carries for 283-yards, 4.7-ypc avg., 8 TDs, 1 reception for 20-yards, 3 tackles
Football Honors: Sr. Year- Honorable Mention All-East Texas, 1st Team All-District 19-3A, Waco Tribune Top 50 Texas Recruit, Scout 4-Star Recruit (#37 DE Nationally); Jr. Year- 2nd Team All-District 19-3A
Other Schools Recruited By: (offers) TCU (de-committed), Texas Tech, Louisiana-Monroe, Texas State; (others) Baylor, Iowa, Oklahoma
You Need to Know: Owens is very athletic for a bigger athlete with speed and the ability to average around nine points and five rebounds on the basketball court. He is also fond of hunting wild boar, really big hogs, and he does it with a knife.
Immediate Analysis: Owens can hit and deliver the blow, but will need more work at getting off blocks. The beautiful aspect of Owens as an athlete is he is all there right now and it won't take long for him to adjust physically to the competition. He will need work on technique at defensive end. He could play quickly if he is a quick study. The position is loaded this season, so with talent stacked up it could lead to a redshirt season. It's easy to imagine a young Owens with a Vili Levini on the other side, that's something no quarterback would want to face.

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Sione Palelei, RB
5-10, 197
Gonzales (East Ascension), La.

Athletic Information: 40 time- 4.35, Bench- 270 lbs., Squat- 460 lbs., VJ- 32 in.
Statistics: Sr. Year- (suffered a season ending knee injury in 5th game) 58 carries for 752-yards, 13-ypc, 10 TDs, 10 receptions for 257-yards, 25.7-ypr, 2 TDs; Jr. Year- 111 carries for 828-yards, 7.5-ypc, 13 TDs, 20 receptions for 283-yards, 14.2-ypr, 3 TDs
Football Honors: Sr. Year- Scout 3-Star Recruit (#33 RB Nationally); Jr. Year- 1st Team All-District 5-5A
Other Schools Recruited By: (all offers) LSU (de-commit), Arizona State, Arkansas, BYU, Georgia Tech, Hawaii, Houston, Louisiana Tech, Minnesota, Nevada, Pittsburgh, Southern Miss, Tennessee, Utah, Washington State
You Need to Know: His knee injury was just an ACL tear and there was no further ligament damage. His work ethic kicked in and by all reports Palelei is ahead of schedule on his rehab.
Immediate Analysis: It all comes down to the medical aspect of Palelei's rehabilitation from his knee injury. When you watch him on tape he shows a great deal of versatility as a running back with a Kendall Hunter-style mode and running side to side and jumping in and out on the outside in space. He also has the ability to run inside and uses his vision and his strength to gain yards. Mike Gundy has had his eyes on finding a running back of this style since losing Kendall Hunter. Palelei fits the prototype back that Gundy wants in this offense. If he is completely healthy and confident in the knee then expect him to play as a freshman. If there is any question, his future value is so important that they will take every precaution and use a redshirt on Palelei.

Sione Palelei: His Coach's Take

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Justin Phillips, OLB
6-0, 215
Pearland, Texas

Athletic Information: 40 time-4.62, Bench- 300 lbs., Squat- 365 lbs., VJ- 35 in.
Statistics: Sr. Year- 86 tackles (61 unassisted), 11.0 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 2 interceptions, 2 fum. recovered, 1 fum. caused; Jr. Year- 80 tackles (52 unassisted), 12 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 2 interceptions, 3 passes defended
Football Honors: Sr. Year- Associated Press Sports Editors Honorable Mention Class 5A All-State Team, Houston Chronicle Defensive Player of the Year, 1st Team All-Greater Houston, Defensive Player of the Year in District 22-5A, 1st Team All-District 22-5A, Texas Football Magazine Top 300 Texas Recruits, Texas Football Magazine Top 30 Texas Linebackers, Houston Chronicle Top 100 Recruits, Waco Tribune Top 100 Texas Recruit, Houston Touchdown Clue Preseason All-Defensive Team, Texas High School Football All-Elite Team Class 5A Region III; Jr. Year- Defensive MVP District 22-5A, 1st Team All-District 22-5A
Other Schools Recruited By: (offers) Baylor, Boise, Colorado, Houston, Iowa State, Northwestern
You Need to Know: With his team trailing against heavily favored Allen in the Texas Class 5A State Championship Game and needing a play for momentum he reached in and pried the ball loose from standout QB Kyler Murray and returned it 88 yards to set up a touchdown.
Immediate Analysis: Phillips is a very heady, smart defensive player who is also pretty developed physically. His greatest attribute may be the experience he has of playing against high caliber competition week after week in high school. Phillips has seen and played a lot of good football. He was originally recruited by defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer with the "star" position in mind on the Oklahoma State defense. After watching him through this season and knowing that he will get bigger, in fact he has gained in size and strength through this season, it is easy to picture him playing the weak side linebacker position. He will almost automatically become a special teams contributor.

Justin Phillips: His Coach's Take

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Ramon Richards, CB/Ath.
6-1, 190
San Antonio (Brackenridge), Texas
Athletic Information: 40 time- 4.5, Bench- 225 lbs., Squat- 385 lbs., VJ- 32 in.
Statistics: Sr. Year- 99-of-186 (53.2 percent) passing, 1,630-yards, 13 TDs, 10 int., 115 carries for 642-yards, 5.6-ypc, 13 TDs; Jr. Year- 131-of-246 (53.3 percent) passing, 1,995-yards, 19 TDs, 12 int., 180 carries for 1,183-yards, 6.6-ypc, 19 TDs
Football Honors: Sr. Year- Texas High School Football All-Elite Team Class 4A Region IV; Jr. Year- 1st Team All-District 28-4A
Other Schools Recruited By: (offers) Harvard, Houston, Rice, Sam Houston State, Yale; (others) Baylor, Texas Tech
You Need to Know: Not only is Richards really versatile, he also is very smart. That will help in his transition to corner and possibly some duty at safety. His experience at quarterback should help as well.
Immediate Analysis: Tough to tell because he will be going from a quarterback in high school to being a defensive player, with the idea that he will first become a big cornerback or end up as a safety. With the number of athletes in the secondary from last year's class and the returning players it would seem logical that he could redshirt.

Ramon Richards: His Coach's Take

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Trevion "Trey" Roberts, Ath./CB
6-1 1/2, 202
Aldine (Eisenhower), Texas

Athletic Information: 40 Time- 4.48, VJ- 33.5 in.
Statistics: Sr. Year- 14-of-36 (38.8 percent) passing, 188-yards, 1 TD, 2 int., 41 carries for 234-yards, 5.7-ypc, 3 TDs, 18 receptions for 434-yards, 24.1-ypr, 5 TDs; Jr. Year- 57-of-139 (41 percent), 814-yards, 7 TDs, 9 int, 17 carries for 116-yards, 6.8-ypc
Football Honors: Sr. Year- Texas Football Magazine Top 300 Texas Recruits, Texas Football Magazine Top 30 Quarterbacks, Houston Chronicle Top 100 Recruits; Jr. Year- 2nd Team All-District 18-5A
Other Schools Recruited By: (offers) SMU, TCU, Utah; (others) Michigan State, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech
You Need to Know: Roberts is very athletic. Oklahoma State saw him in a mini-camp setting and they were convinced that he could make the transition to defensive back. His experience as a quarterback in high school should help in reading opposing quarterbacks from his new place on the field.
Immediate Analysis: He is very similar to Richards as both will be doing the same thing in converting from offense to defense and the secondary. Roberts is a slightly bigger built athlete, but has great hips and was convincing to the Oklahoma State coaching staff that he could make the transition to cornerback. The difference between Roberts and Richards is that Roberts was more of a quarterback. Again, there is a good chance that he will get the luxury of a redshirt to get acclimated to playing defense.

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Mason Rudolph, QB
6-4 ½, 220
Rock Hill (Northwestern), S.C.

Athletic Information: 40 time- 4.66, Bench- 260 lbs., VJ- 29 in.
Statistics: Sr. Year- 350-of-482 (72.6 percent) passing, 4,377-yards, 64 TDs, 8 int., 129 carries for 543-yards, 4.2-ypc, 16 TDs; Jr. Year- 346-of-504 (68.7 percent) passing, 4010-yards, 41 TDs, 7 int., 131 carries for 475-yards, 3.6-ypc, 10 TDs, 34 punts for a 36.8-avg.; So. Year- 246-of-366 (67 percent), 2,619-yards, 27 TDs, 14 int., 97 carries for 114-yards, 1.2-ypc, 6 TDs
Football Honors: Sr. Year- South Carolina Mr. Football Finalist, MVP of the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas (He threw for three TDs and led South Carolina to 28-23 win over North Carolina); South Carolina Football Coaches Association 1st Team Palmetto Champions All-State Team (AAAA Upper State Back), SCVarsity.com 2nd Team All-State, Charlotte Observer All-Region Offensive Player of the Year, Charlotte Observer 1st Team All-Region, Charlotte Observer Top 50 Carolina Regional Recruits (#4 in South Carolina), The Herald All-Area Offensive Player of the Year and 1st Team All-Area; Jr. Year- The Herald All-Area Offensive Player of the Year, The Herald 1st-Team All-Area, Charlotte Observer 1st Team All-Region (Specialist)
Other Schools Recruited By: (offers) LSU, Auburn, Louisville, Mississippi, Virginia, Virginia Tech; (others) Alabama, Clemson, Duke, Georgia, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Tennessee, Wake Forest
You Need to Know: Check out the numbers and realize he has only played QB for three seasons after being a wide receiver his freshman year in high school at a smaller private school. He was chosen to be a standout QB and Northwestern head coach Kyle Richardson obviously has an eye for talent.
Immediate Analysis: This is easy as now that I've seen him throw in person and witnessed that he can really spin it, Rudolph can do whatever he wants. He will come out and based on how much time he is spending in the meeting room in studying the offense he should not be behind the veterans much. J. W. Walsh has the experience of playing a lot of snaps and a lot of games so far. The other quarterbacks have not. Rudolph has played in the same style of offense. It really comes down to how everybody performs in spring practice and in August. I would predict that Rudolph will be in the two deep, either the starter or the backup to Walsh. He is much more prepared and is physically and mentally more mature that Wes Lunt when he came in under the same situation. He also played in high school against higher caliber competition than Lunt and really as good or better competition than Class 6A in Oklahoma.

Mason Rudolph: His Coach's Take

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Zach Sinor, P
6-0, 190
Castroville (Medina Valley), Texas
Athletic Information: 40 time- 4.8, Bench- 240 lbs., Squat- 350 lbs,, VJ- 28 in.
Statistics: Sr. Year- 45 punts for 43.9-yards avg., 15 punts inside the 20-yard-line, longest punt 66-yards; Jr. Year- 23 punts for 44.5-yards avg.,13 punts inside the 20-yard-line, longest punt 65-yards; So. Year- 23 punts for 38.1-yards avg., 6 punts inside the 20-yard-line, longest punt 61-yards
Football Honors: Sr. Year- Associated Press Sports Editors 1st Team Class 4A All-State Team, San Antonio Express News 1st Team Sub 5A All-Area Team, 1st Team All-District 29-4A, Texas High School Football All-Elite Team Class 4A Region IV; Jr. Year- Texas Sports Writers Association 2nd Team All-State, Associated Press Sports Editors 2nd Team All-State, San Antonio Express News 1st Team All-Area Super Team, 1st Team All-District 29-4A; So. Year- 1st Team All-District 29-4A
Other Schools Recruited By: Iowa State, Texas A&M, Tulsa
You Need to Know: Sinor was a former wide receiver and one day a good friend of mine and the coach at Castro Valley at the time, Brian Emerson, had Sinor punt because he'd seen him do it before practice. From that point on Sinor was a punter and too valuable to play anywhere else.
Immediate Analysis: Based on his performance in high school and how he has improved in strength over that time period he should challenge for the OSU punting job immediately, and that would free Kip Smith up to focus on kickoffs. All of that will shake out during preseason practice in August. I know there's some concern of a true freshman being the punter, but remember that was where Quinn Sharp started. Kicking field goals is a more mentally stressing situation than punting. Sinor seems to have a good mentality for his position.

Zach Sinor: His Coach's Take

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Devon Thomas, RB
5-11, 190
Broken Arrow, Okla.

Athletic Information: 40 time- 4.47, VJ- 33 in.
Statistics: Sr. Year- 181 carries for 917-yards, 5.1-ypc, 6 TDs; Jr. Year- 124 carries for 670-yards, 5.4-ypc, 9 TDs; So. Year- 201 carries for 1,840-yards, 9.2-ypc, 22 TDs, 11 receptions for 82-yards
Football Honors: Sr. Year- The Oklahoman and Tulsa World Honorable Mention All-State, Tulsa World Honorable Mention All-Metro, 1st Team All-District 2-6A, Scout Top 300, Scout 4-Star Recruit (#20 RB Nationally); Jr. Year- none; So. Year- Tulsa World Honorable Mention All-State, Tulsa World 1st Team All-Metro, Sophomore of the Year District 2-6A, 1st Team All-District 2-6A
Other Schools Recruited By: (de-commit) Oklahoma; (offers) Clemson, West Virginia, Houston
You Need to Know: Thomas is not a shake-and-bake running back but for his size he is very fast. In a scrimmage at Stillwater preseason I saw him score six touchdowns. He needs to go back in time and find that sophomore that dominated as well as any back in Class 6A.
Immediate Analysis: Being on campus early gives him a chance, but I could still see a redshirt in his future. His time in the weight room this spring will be as critical as his time on the field. He will need to catch up with backs like Rennie Childs and Corion Webster in order to compete with them for playing time. He will also need to show off those receiving skills which could go a long way to helping him get on the field.

Devon Thomas: His Coach's Take

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Kirk Tucker, DB
6-2, 190
Tucker, Ga.

Athletic Information: 40 time- 4.55, Bench- 300 lbs., Squat- 390 lbs., VJ- 35 in.
Statistics: Sr. Year- 55 tackles (39 unassisted), 12 tackles for loss, 8 sacks, 3 interceptions, 3 fum. caused; Jr. Year- 60 tackles (37 unassisted), 7 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions, 2 fum. recovered; So. Year- 1 tackle
Football Honors: Sr. Year- Honorable Mention Georgia Sportswriters Association All-State Team, Atlanta Journal Constitution Preseason All-State Team, Atlanta Journal Constitution All-Area (DeKalb) Team, Scout 3-Star Recruit (#41 Saf. Nationally); Jr. Year- 2nd Team All-Region Team
Other Schools Recruited By: (all offers) Ohio State, Ohio, Arkansas, Central Florida, Duke, East Carolina, Stanford, Oregon, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Northwestern, Syracuse, Vanderbilt, Wisconsin
You Need to Know: In three season on the varsity at Tucker High School he was part of teams that won a total of 40 games and only lost four. Tucker's high school teams finished 14-1 as a senior, 10-3 as a junior, and 16-0 as a sophomore. That is a lot of winning.
Immediate Analysis: A mature young man that has played a lot of high caliber football in Georgia. He could factor at safety or at the "star" linebacker position since he has that kind of size. What I really like is his power and force in tackling. He makes some really big hits.

Kirk Tucker: His Coach's Take

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Cole Walterscheid, DE
6-6, 210
Muenster, Texas

Athletic Information: 40 time- 4.72, Bench- 250 lbs., Squat- 400 lbs., VJ- 37 in.
Statistics: Sr. Year- 58 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 9 sacks, 1 int. (returned for TD), 4 fum. caused, 3 fum. recovered, 40 receptions for 976-yards, 24.4-ypr, 12 TDs, 92 percent grade overall for blocking; Jr. Year- 26 receptions for 357-yards, 13.7-ypr, 5 TDs, 53 tackles, 24 tackles for loss, 8 sacks, 4 passes deflected, 2 interceptions, 4 block kicks
Football Honors: Sr. Year- Associated Press Sports Editors Honorable Mention Class A All-State, Waco Tribune Top 100 Texas Recruit, 1st Team All-District 8-A Division II (WR/DE); Jr. Year- Associated Press Sports Editors 1st Team Class A All-State, 1st Team All-District 8-A Division II (WR/DE); So. Year- 1st Team All-District 8-A, Division II (WR/DE)
Other Schools Recruited By: (offers) Boise State, North Texas, SMU, UTSA, UTEP; (others) Texas Tech
You Need to Know: He has played all sports at Muenster. He averaged a double-double in basketball while earning All-State honors, as well as qualifying for the state meet in track and field. He runs the 100 meters and has a top time of 11.6 seconds and he has a long jump of 22 feet, .05 inches.
Immediate Analysis: Walterscheid is a tremendous athlete and he has a huge future is my prediction, but the fuse on all of it will be longer. He will need a redshirt year to soak up all he can in the weight room. His dad is a big man and by the time he makes it to the field as a redshirt freshman he could end up being 6-6 and 240 pounds and then eventually top out somewhere around 265 to 270 pounds later in his career and still maintain a good amount of his speed. He could develop into a devastating pass rusher.

Cole Walterscheid: His Coach's Take

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James Washington, WR
5-11, 193
Stamford, Texas

Athletic Information: 40 time- 4.4, VJ- 38 in.
Statistics: Sr. Year- 73 receptions for 1,331-yards, 18.2-ypr, 24 TDs, 1-for-1 passing, 20-yards, 17 carries for 110-yards, 6.5-ypc, 3 TDs, 173-yards on kickoff returns, 408-yards on punt returns, 42 tackles (17 unassisted, 7 interceptions, 1 fum. recovery, 1 blocked kick, 13 touchbacks and 63-yards avg.on kickoffs, 38-of-55 on PAT, 1 FG (29-yards), 231 total points; Jr. Year- 73 receptions for 1,141-yards, 15.6-ypr, 17 TDs, 2 carries for 17-yards, 19 tackles (5 unassisted), 2 interceptions, 6 kickoff returns for 32.5-avg, 1 punt return for 26-yards; So. Year- 39 receptions for 650-yards, 16.7-ypr, 12 TDs, 26 tackles (14 unassisted), 1 interception (92-yard return for TD), 11 kickoff returns for 35.7-avg
Football Honors: Sr. Year- Associated Press Sports Editors 2nd Team Class A All-State, 1st Team All-District 4-1A Division I, Texas Football Magazine Top 300 Texas Recruits, Texas Football Magazine Best of the Rest Wide Receivers, Waco Tribune Top 100 Texas Recruit, Texas High School Football Elite Team Class 1A-Region 1; Jr. Year- Associated Press Sports Editors 1st Team Class A All-State, Texas Sports Writers Association 1st Team Class A All-State, 1st Team All-District 4-1A Division 1; So. Year- Sophomore of the Year District 4-A Division I, 1st Team All-District 4-A Division I
Other Schools Recruited By: (all offers) Texas, TCU, Texas Tech, Texas State
You Need to Know: Competes in about everything at Stamford and is one of the best all-around athletes in the state of Texas.
Immediate Analysis: A few years ago when Oklahoma State pulled in three players out of Denton Guyer High School the head coach of the Wildcats, John Walsh, told me that it would be Josh Stewart that would be the first of the trio of players to impact the Cowboys, and that included Walsh's own son J.W. The coach was right as Stewart was sensational as a freshman. Washington reminds me a lot of Stewart except bigger and faster. He is the same kind of explosive athlete that has an amazing football sense. He seems to know what to do, when to do it, and how to do it naturally. I predict that outside of the junior college and mid-year enrollees that Washington is the most impactful player in the class.

James Washington: His Coach's Take

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Joyan Williams, DL
6-2 1/2, 270
New Orleans (Karr), La.

Athletic Information: 40 time- 4.84
Statistics: Sr. Year- Jr. Year- 76 tackles, 12 sacks, 1 interception
Football Honors: Sr. Year- Louisiana High School Magazine #37 Ranked Recruiting Prospect in Louisiana
Other Schools Recruited By: (offers) Arizona State, Arkansas, Arkansas State, Georgia Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Louisiana Tech, Miami (Fla.), Oklahoma, Southern Miss, Western Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Tulane, Tulsa
You Need to Know: He's got a great personality and will be a popular guy with his teammates as he is able to keep things light in the locker room. He is a likeable guy, except for opposing offensive linemen, quarterbacks and ball carriers.
Immediate Analysis: He could end up playing early as his high school coach said he is capable of playing end and the three-technique defensive tackle. If he uses his speed he might be able to have some success inside at the one-technique. He probably will not have to and a redshirt season is a likely option. Now think about what he will look like after a year in the weight room with Rob Glass and his staff. I think this is the kind of athlete that Glass is talking about when he says he needs an athlete with the potential to grow combined with those quick twitch explosive athletic qualities.

Joyan Williams : His Coach's Take

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Matthew Hockett, K/P
6-3, 200
Norman, Okla.
Athletic Information: 40 time- 4.7, Bench- 210 lbs., Squat- 345 lbs., VJ- 31 in.
Statistics: Sr. Year- FG 7-of-12, longest FG 46-yards, PAT 39-of-40, 44 kickoffs-36 touchbacks, 44 punts for 43.1-yards avg., longest punt-60-yards, 18 punts inside 20-yards; Jr. Year- 1 reception for 6-yards, FG 9-of-14, longest FG 35-yards, PAT 52-of-53, 65 kickoffs-46 touchbacks, 25 punts for 38.8-yards avg., longest punt-60-yards, 6 punts inside 20-yards
Football Honors: Sr. Year- Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State (West Team selection) and All-State by Class (6-A), Oklahoma 1st Team All-State (punter), Tulsa World Honorable Mention All-State, Oklahoman 1st Team All Big City, Special Teams MVP District 4-6A, 1st Team All-District 4-6A, Norman Tigers Special Teams MVP; Jr. Year- Oklahoman Honorable Mention All-Big City, Norman Tigers Special Teams MVP
Schools Recruited By: Division II schools
You Need to Know: His range on field goals in practice and warm-ups has been as far as 58 yards. His kickoffs are as good as advertised.
Immediate Analysis: His job will be to come in and create competition for scholarship kicker Ben Grogan and provide a strong two-deep at kicker and for kickoffs.

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Brad Lundblade, OL
6-2, 290
Argyle (Liberty Christian), Texas

Athletic Information: 40 time- 5.3, Bench- 335 lbs., VJ- 31 in.
Football Honors: Sr. Year- TAPPS 11-Man 1st Team All-State, 1st Team All-District TAPPS DI-District 1, Texas Football Magazine 3rd-Team Super Team, Texas Football Magazine Top 25 Offensive Linemen, Texas Football Magazine Top 300 Recruits; Jr. Year- TAPPS 11-Man 1st Team All-State, 1st Team All-District TAPPS DI-District 2, Texas Football Magazine Top Junior Offensive Linemen; So. Year- 1st Team All-District TAPPS DI-District 2
Schools Recruited By: (all offers) Louisiana-Monroe, Nevada, New Mexico, New Mexico State, North Texas, San Diego State, SMU, Toledo, Tulsa, Wake Forest
You Need to Know: What you are looking at on the line above this is true, he was offered by all of those schools. Lundblade really wanted to be at Oklahoma State.
Immediate Analysis: If a walk-on offensive lineman ever had a chance to compete for early playing time, Lundblade is the guy, especially at center. In all reality, he needs to and will likely redshirt.

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John Cole Neph, WR
6-4, 205
Owasso, Okla.

Athletic Information: 40 time- 4.73, Bench- 250 lbs., VJ- 30 in.

Statistics: Sr. Year- 54 receptions for 806-yards, 14.9-ypr, 10 TDs; Jr. Year- 51 receptions for 855-yards, 16.8-ypr, 8 TDs; So. Year- 32 receptions for 432-yards, 13.5-ypr, 4 TDs
Football Honors: Sr. Year- Tulsa World Honorable Mention All-State, Tulsa World 2nd Team All-Metro, 1st Team All-District 1-6A; Jr. Year- Tulsa World Honorable Mention All-Metro
Schools Recruited By: UTSA (de-committed); (offers) Kansas State, Louisiana-Monroe, Illinois State, Holy Cross
You Need to Know: While he does not have great speed he is a very good athlete that has a chance to surprise everybody.
Immediate Analysis: He is a likely redshirt and will need it from a weight room and strength standpoint. He isn't really fast but he has as good a pair of hands and body control as you will find in top receiver prospects. I see him growing into a jumbo H-back or smaller tight end role.

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Trent Taber, LB
5-10, 225
Jenks, Okla.
Athletic Information: 40 time- 4.8, Bench- 300 lbs., Squat- 570 lbs., VJ- 28 in.
Statistics: Sr. Year- 61 tackles (39 unassisted), 7 tackles for loss, 25 carries for 113-yards, 4.5-ypc, 9 TDs; Jr. Year- 76 tackles (42 unassisted), 13 tackles for loss, 8 sacks, 2 carries for 5-yards, 2.5-ypc; So. Year- 87 tackles (46 unassisted), 10 tackles for loss, 4 sacks
Football Honors: Sr. Year- Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State by Class (6-A), Tulsa World 1st Team All-State, Oklahoman 2nd Team All-State, Tulsa World 1st Team All-Metro, 1st Team All-District 2-6A, Ultimate Trojan Award; Jr. Year- Tulsa World Honorable Mention All-State, Tulsa World Honorable Mention All-Metro
Schools Recruited By: Tulsa
You Need to Know: Taber will rank high with the head coach on one of the categories Gundy holds high, love for the game. He loves football and it shows in the way he plays.
Immediate Analysis: He will start out as a linebacker and could become a contributor on special teams, especially as a blocker on kickoff returns. I could also seeing him moving over to offense and becoming a short-yardage and goal-line blocking specialist. He packs a punch.

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Ivan Thomas, DT
6-1, 293
Lawton, Okla.

Athletic Information: 40 time- 4.89, Bench- 405 lbs., Squat- 535 lbs., VJ- 24 in.
Statistics: Sr. Year- 26 carries for 99-yards, 3.8-ypc, 6 TDs, 77 tackles (31 unassisted), 7 sacks, 1 fum. recovery; Jr. Year- Injured; So. Year- 100 carries for 672-yards, 6.72-ypc, 9 TDs, 1 tackle; Fr. Year- 19 carries for 98-yards, 5.2-ypc, 2 TDs, 8 tackles, 1 sack
Football Honors: Sr. Year- Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State by Class (6-A), Oklahoman and Tulsa World Honorable Mention All-State, 1st Team All-District 4-6A
Schools Recruited By: (offers) Texas Tech, Kansas State
You Need to Know: Huge effort guy. I saw him play three times in his senior season and every game came away feeling strong about how hard he plays.
Immediate Analysis: He has good strength and quick feet, but his technique will need work. He is a natural for a redshirt situation, but after a year in the program you won't be able to tell that he is a walk-on. You may not be able to tell the day he walks in the door. Thomas is a good looking player.

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