Cowboys Add Six Players

Oklahoma State inked five junior college signees Wednesday to add to the football program on Junior College Signing Day. UAB transfer Victor Salako also made his way to Stillwater to get in some practice time with his new teammates and get further acclimated to his new college home.

The last player to sign with OSU on Wednesday was Florida native and Mesa (Arizona) Community College offensive tackle Brandon Pertile as he had a signing ceremony in Clearwater, Fla., in the afternoon where he signed with his original commitment Oklahoma State over Florida, which made a late pitch and had him in for an official visit last weekend.

The other signees include defensive lineman Motekiai Maihe from Tyler Junior college and Euless Trinity High School in Texas, safety and potential star linebacker Jordan Burton from Kilgore C.C. and Longview High School in Texas, and Todd Mays from NJCAA national champion East Mississippi C.C. and Olive Branch, Miss.

The Cowboys also added Butler County Community College and Centerville, Kan., offensive lineman Matt Kellerman, who committed to OSU following an official visit last weekend.

Pertile, a 6-5, 300-pound offensive lineman, tore his ACL in August at Mesa after he had committed to the Cowboys. He said the loyalty Oklahoma State showed after the injury that put him out for the season was part of the reason he decided to sign with the Cowboys.

"I felt that Oklahoma State was more of a home for me," Pertile said. "I already had good relationships with the players and the coaches that are there.

"The fact that they stayed with me after the injury weighed in, sure. When I knew they were going to honor the scholarship that was a big reassurance. There were a lot of schools though that jumped in on recruiting me even after the injury."

Salako is also joining the OSU program from Alabama-Birmingham. The Blazers dropped football and Salako, who started all 12 games this season at tackle, has visited Oklahoma State and committed to transferring to the Cowboys. He arrived Wednesday and is going through physicals and testing and will practice with the team later this week as will Maihe, who has also arrived on campus earlier in the week. Some guys just can't wait to get started.

OSU Junior College Signees and Newcomers
Jordan Burton
LB/DB, 6-1, 210
Kilgore J.C./Stephen F. Austin/Longview, Texas

"I'm glad it's over and that is a huge weight off my shoulders," Burton said today after signing and sending in his letter of intent. "I know that I'm going to be part of a great place, a great football program."

Played for coach J.J. Eckert at Kilgore … Named first team on the 2014 All-Southwest Junior College Football Conference … Led Kilgore and finished eighth in the NJCAA last season in total tackles with 108 … His 10.8 tackles per game also ranked eighth nationally … Added three tackles for loss, one forced fumble, three fumbles recovered and four pass break ups … Recorded at least 10 tackles in seven of his 10 games played, including highs of 17 vs. Tyler Junior College and 15 vs. Trinity Valley CC and Cisco College … Played at Stephen F. Austin in 2012 and 2013 … Played in 11 games in 2013, ranking fourth on the team in tackles with 74, including 36 solo and 3.5 tackles for loss ... Recorded a season-best 20 stops against Prairie View A&M with nine solo and 1.5 for loss ... Posted 13 tackles against Nicholls State with a pass breakup ... Tallied 11 stops with an interception in an upset victory over Montana State ... Played in three games before redshirting in 2012, recording a season-high three tackles against Southwestern Oklahoma ... Also had stops at SMU and Montana State … Played high school football for coach John King at Longview HS in Longview, Texas … As a senior at Longview, he totaled 106 tackles, three tackles for loss and four pass break ups while playing linebacker … A standout punt returner as a senior, averaging 12.0 yards on 17 returns with one touchdown ... A first-team selection on the 2011 All-District 11-5A team and a second-team selection in 2010 … Played safety as a junior, totaling 110 tackles, an interception and forced two fumbles … Had 28 stops during Longview's run to the 2009 state title game.

Matt Kellerman
OL, 6-6, 290
Butler County C.C./Centerville (Prairie View), Kansas

"I signed this morning and Oklahoma State is a great fit for me," Kellerman said as he prepares to major in Agriculture Business.

Played for coach Troy Morrell at Butler County C.C. in 2013 and 2014 … An honorable mention at tackle for the 2014 Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference All-Conference Football Team … Played for coach Doug Whitcraft at Prairie View High School … First-team selection at offensive line and defensive line for both the Pioneer League and Tri-County Spotlight as a senior … Also an all-state honorable mention at both positions.

Motekiai Maile
DL, 6-4, 305
Tyler J.C./Euless (Trinity), Texas

"I'm comfortable and I feel really good about it," Maile said. "Having been at practice the last few days I know exactly how I'm going to fit it and that is good to know. It gives you confidence."

Played for coach Danny Palmer at Tyler J.C. … Led Tyler as a sophomore with 10 tackles for loss and was fourth on the squad with 54 tackles … Also credited with three sacks and two pass break ups … First team selection on the 2014 All-Southwest Junior College Football Conference Team … In 2013, he accounted for 30 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, and one forced fumble … Started his high school career at Trinity HS in Euless, Texas before transferring to Pittsburg HS in Pittsburg, Calif., for his junior and senior seasons … Played both defensive line and tight end in high school.

Todd Mays
QB/Ath., 6-0, 200
East Mississippi C.C./Arkansas State/Olive Branch, Miss.

"Yes sir, I signed on the dotted line," Mays said of his brief signing experience after signing for the second time with a Division I school. "I'm coming in with a national championship from East Mississippi and I'm excited to be a Cowboy."

Played for coach Buddy Stephens at East Mississippi Community College ... Spent two years at EMCC, where he helped the Lions to two-consecutive 12-0 seasons and back-to-back NJCAA Football Championships ... Starred at multiple spots for the Lions, as he made significant contributions at quarterback, running back and wide receiver ... Averaged 5.8 yards per carry last season while running for seven touchdowns, a mark that ranked fourth in the conference ... Completed 93.8 percent of his passes in 2014, finishing 15-16 with one score ... Also tallied 17 catches last season, finishing with 200 yards and two touchdowns ... Scored at multiple positions on four separate occasions, including a three-touchdown performance (two rushing, one passing) against Coahoma C.C. in 2013 ... Reached the end zone 18 times his freshman season ... His 15 rushing touchdowns in 2013 ranked fifth in the nation ... Ran for a score in the Lions' national championship victory over Georgia Military College ... Also spent one season at Arkansas State, but did not see any game action ... Played high school football for coach Scott Samsel at Olive Branch HS in Olive Branch, Miss. ... As a senior at Olive Branch, he threw for 3,116 yards and 28 touchdowns while adding 1,304 yards and 18 touchdowns on the ground ... Led Olive Branch to an undefeated 15-0 record and a state championship in 2011 ... Named first team Class 6A All-State and MHSAA All-Region 1 Most Valuable Offensive Player ... Was also selected to the 2011 Mississippi/Alabama All-Star roster.

Brandon Pertile
OL, 6-5, 300
Mesa C.C., Ariz.,/Georgia State/Clearwater(Countryside), Fla.

"I felt Oklahoma State was more of a home for me," Pertile said.

Spent last season at Mesa Community College, but was sidelined due to injury ... Played the previous year at Georgia State, where he started in four games as a true freshman ... Played high school football for coach Jared Davis at Countryside HS in Clearwater, Fla. ... Contributed to an offensive line that paved the way for almost 200 rushing yards per game ... Selected to compete in the Pinellas County Senior All-Star Game and was honored as the game's Most Valuable Offensive Lineman.

Victor Salako
OT, 6-6, 320
Alabama-Birmingham (UAB)/Huntsville (Grissom), Ala.

"My visit went great, it was awesome," Salako said after his official visit. "I committed to them and will enroll for the next semester. It was all about the environment and how the players were great aqnd easy to get to know and get along with. The fans and you can tell they love OSU football. The coaches made me feel really comfortable. I have a great relationship with the offensive line coach, Coach Connelly. My parents really liked Coach Connelly when he came to visit."

Spent 2012-2014 at UAB … Started all 12 games at left tackle in 2014 … Has been a key component of the UAB offense, leading the offensive line … Helped the team average more than 200 yards rushing per game and score 27 total rushing touchdowns in 2014 … Saw action in all 12 contests and started 11 as a redshirt freshman in 2013 ... Member of Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll … Redshirted in 2012 … Attended Grissom High School in Huntsville, Ala. ... Played defensive line sophomore and junior year, and offensive line as a senior ... 2011 Second Team All-City selection on offense ... Recorded 11 pancake blocks and did not allow a sack his senior year ... Voted team's best offensive lineman as a senior ... Named team's best defensive lineman his sophomore and junior years ... Had 58 tackles, including 26 solo tackles his junior year, adding four sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries ... Made the A/B honor roll all four years.


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