Pokes Pick Up Junior College Offensive Tackle

Before finishing my conversation with Mesa (Ariz.) C.C. and brand new Oklahoma State recruiting commitment Brandon Pertile I couldn't resist and asked what the temperature was this afternoon in Mesa. "It's only 97," said Pertile with a chuckle. "We're expecting 10 more degrees."

He will probably get it to as Mesa is in the midst of preseason camp just like Oklahoma State. Pertile, who received his offer from the Cowboys just a few days ago, did not take long to make up his mind.

His decision keeps the Cowboys somewhat hot on the recruiting trail this week as they picked up their second offensive lineman commitment in three days from the 6-6, 295-pound Pertile.

"No, not at all," Pertile answered when asked about his decision not taking very long once he got the offer from Oklahoma State. "Coming to junior college, Oklahoma State is where I wanted to go. There was no place that I would rather be.

"I could say it was just that the facilities are amazing, but I really have a good communication with coach (Bob) Connelly and I think he is the right guy for me as far as coaching me."

Pertile is originally from Clearwater, Fla., playing high school at Countryside, a private school. He signed out of high school with Georgia State in the class of 2013 and then left for Mesa C.C. in Arizona. He is a qualifier and will be eligible next fall and have three years to play three seasons.

He confirmed that as he is practicing at Mesa that his latest height is 6-6 and his weight is fluctuating between 290 and 295 pounds. He had offers from Buffalo, South Florida, Utah, Utah State, Cincinnati, and several other schools.

"We'll be pretty good this season," Pertile said when asked how well Mesa might do this fall. "We are preseason ranked 16th in the country. Our goal is to win a national championship."

As for his future beyond this fall, Pertile said he is playing left tackle for the Mesa Thunderbirds, but that he thought Connelly wanted him to play right tackle at Oklahoma State.

"I've watched Oklahoma State for a while and have always liked the way they play on offense," Pertile added. "I've been a fan and this is going to be really good."

His commitment puts Oklahoma State at double digits with 10 verbal commitments and now three offensive linemen committed.

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