Balous Makes Cowboys Fans Even Happier

Obviously, the mood around the Oklahoma State campus and with all Cowboys fans has been pretty good since the weekend and the bowl-clinching 38-35 overtime victory over Oklahoma in Bedlam on Saturday. It got a little better on Wednesday morning when the news broke that McKinney (North), Texas defensive back Bryce Balous changed his verbal commitment from Kansas State to the Cowboys.

The 5-11, 185-pound hard-hitting safety had been rumored to be considering his options for several weeks. The thinking is with the Bulldogs thick in the playoffs that he had put his recruiting on hold, but McKinney North lost to Tyler John 64-40 last Friday night and Balous had time to consider his situation in recruiting.

"Yes sir, I was focused in on the playoffs," Balous said.

Oklahoma State is getting a tremendous defender that loves to hit and the numbers prove it.

“My favorite part of football is laying the wood on people. There is no better feeling,” Balous stated earlier this season to the McKinney newspaper.

"This season my coach played me down in the box more and a lot of times I played like a linebacker," Balous told us about his big numbers on the defensive side.

Balous, who also had offers from Arkansas State, Iowa, and Nevada besides the Cowboys and K-State, finished his senior season with 163 tackles, 120 of those were unassisted. He also had an interception, two fumbles recovered and two fumbles forced.

Balous returned a punt for a touchdown and averaged over 20 yards a return. He also punted five times for a 43.2 yards average. In his career he had 273 tackles with 195 of those unassisted.

The Oklahoma State coaching staff weren't the only ones recruiting Balous. Cowboys quarterback commitment John Kolar out of Norman North was seen on Twitter reaching out to Balous. His own teammate and good friend, OSU running back commit Ronald Jones II, was also mentioning Oklahoma State.

"Oh yeah, he talked to me a lot and said they had a great coaching staff," Balous said. "It was really the distance because Oklahoma State is a lot closer. It is only three hours away and my brother lives in Oklahoma, only about an hour away. He may enroll and go to OSU next year.

"Also, Kansas State offered and all, but I hadn't had much contact with them and they had kind of stopped showing me attention. Oklahoma State stayed in touch with me."



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