Cowboys Newcomers Are Looking Good

The question was asked how the Oklahoma State recruiting class is going. The correct answer is there is a finished part to recruiting and a part that is a work in progress until signing day on Wednesday, Feb. 4, for high school and junior college players that graduate in the spring semester.

The finished part is the junior college signing class from Dec. 17. For Oklahoma State that is strong as it also has included a Division I transfer in Victor Salako of Alabama-Birmingham (shown above).

The class includes five junior college signees in offensive tackles Matt Kellerman of Butler County C.C. and Brandon Pertile from Mesa C.C. in Arizona by way of Georgia State University, athlete Todd Mays of NJCAA national champion East Mississippi C.C., Kilgore J.C. safety Jordan Burton, and Tyler J.C. defensive lineman Motekiai Maile.

All of those players are rated as three stars by Scout, and I have no idea nor do I care what they are rated by any other recruiting website. I've seen tape on all six of the players including Salako and I like what I've seen. I can pick apart some of it and find some areas or techniques that need improving, but all of them are capable of playing and, more importantly, contributing quickly.

Mays is really something to see on offense. Burton is a big hitter whjo could easily play at the hybrid star linebacker position. Kellerman and Pertile have the size and strength to spend a little time in Rob Glass' program be ready to compete on the offensive line.

I did not mention two of the newcomers because I've seen them with my own two eyes in practice in Stillwater. Salako and Maile put on the pads several days ago and got some early indoctrination and practice in.

Salako has good feet and long arms and has shown he knows his technique on both run blocking and pass protection. On run plays he is the kind of mauler type of blocker you imagine with a 6-6, 320-pound frame. I've seen him against guys ranging from All-Big 12 defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah to newcomers like Jarrell Owens and Trey Carter. Salako is a welcomed addition to the offensive line group.

Maile is 6-4, 307 pounds and you have to get one of the veteran guards or center in front of him. He feasts on some of the younger and less experienced linemen. Maile will make a big impact with the departure of standout seniors James Castleman and Ofa Hautau.

The unfinished portion of the class is the high school recruiting. Remember there is also quarterback John Kolar of Norman North, who gets higher grades and more stars from others than Scout.com. There is work to do in finding some running backs and to keep pushing on really good player at that position including former commitment Ronald Jones II. Playing time is available and that is a huge attraction to top running backs. The Cowboys are looking for another receiver, another defensive linemen, maybe a safety or corner or two.

If you are stuck on the stars, don't be. A review of the Cowboys freshman class of this year is proof that the star givers aren't nearly as good at what they do as the young men receiving the stars. It appears the star givers aren't too accurate when it comes to the Cowboys.


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