McGruder Pleased To Be A Cowboy

Two more defensive players committed to Oklahoma State this week. Tyler J.C. (Texas) defensive tackle Motekiai Maile and Alief (Taylor), Texas safety Kenneth McGruder became Cowboys. We heard back from the 6-2, 203-pound McGruder and he confirmed that his commitment was sped up by a chance to see the coaches working last Saturday morning in Pearland on the Mary Hardin-Baylor Elite Camp series.

"It was a good atmosphere watching the coaches work," McGruder said after saying he was at the camp in Pearland. "I went and hung out. I didn't work it but I saw the coaches coaching.

"Chris (Hardeman, cornerback from his high school that is in the OSU freshman class) has been telling me how great it is and he also told me he thought I could come in and play. The coaches say it's on me, and if I come in and work then I can play. There will be openings in the safety position."

McGruder; who turned down among others Ohio State, Oregon State, Texas Tech, Washington, Utah, Tulsa, Nebraska, Purdue, Arkansas, and California; had 60 tackles with seven passes defended and three interceptions last season.

He said it was the coaches that played the biggest role.

"Yes, I really like the coaches and I called the head coach, coach (Mike) Gundy, and he told me I could come in and play my first year. The safeties coach, coach (Tim) Duffie, recruited me."

McGruder said he plans on making it to Stillwater to see the campus and visit Hardeman and another former Taylor teammate in wide receiver Keenan Brown. He also is involved in summer workouts and seven-on-seven competition.

As far as what McGruder considers his strong suit in playing safety, he revealed it is several things.

"I think I'm best at making plays," he answered. "When the defense needs a play I believe I can come up and make it. My size plays a big part in it and being able to move. You can put me at corner on an island and I can play there. Then I can play linebacker because I'm big enough and then I play at safety. I'm really versatile."

Now he's the Cowboys seventh commitment on defense and there likely won't be many more. I can see offense getting a lot of the remaining scholarship attention in this recruiting class.

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