Meet The Class of 2015

Mike Gundy and his coaching staff will be welcoming a new class of players to the Oklahoma State football program on National Signing Day. Here is a breakdown of the newest members of the Cowboys football team, including Robert Allen's analysis on each player and what OSU fans should like for from each over the next few years.

Taaj Bakari, DT
6-2, 292
Mansfield (Legacy), Texas
Athletic Information: 40 time 4.81, Bench 350. Squat 455, VJ 31”, Other Sports, Basketball.
Statistics: Sr. Year, 65 total tackles (45 unassisted), 6.0 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks, 2 fumbles forced; Jr. Year, 44 total tackles (22 unassisted), 9.0 tackles for loss, 6.0 sacks, 2 fumbles forced; So. Year- 51 total tackles (9 unassisted), 2.5 tackles for loss.
Football Honors: Sr. Year, Scout #32 DT Nationally, Scout #6 DT Midlands Region, Scout #5 DT in Texas, Texas Football Magazine 3rd-Team Super Team, Texas Football Magazine Top 300 Recruits, Texas Football Magazine Top 25 Defensive Linemen, All-District 14-5A 1st-Team.
Other Schools Recruited By: Arkansas, Baylor, Colorado, North Texas, Northwestern, Oklahoma, TCU.
You Need to Know: Bakari has proven his toughness as he played his sophomore season in high school with a broken hand and never missed a game. He played through a nagging shoulder injury throughout his junior season. Also, it is interesting that his high school coach, Chris Melson, is a former Oklahoma Sooner player.
Immediate Analysis: Honestly, Bakari likely could be ready to contribute in some form or fashion as a true freshman, but the Cowboys depth situation at defensive tackle should allow him to redshirt. A year in the program and in the weight room with Rob Glass and his staff should make Bakari more impactful when he makes it in the line-up.
Taaj Bakari: His Coach’s Take

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Bryce Balous, DB
5-11, 185
McKinney (North), Texas

Athletic Information: 40 time 4.35, Bench 300. Squat 455, VJ NA, Other Sports, Track.
Statistics: Sr. Year, 163 total tackles (120 unassisted), 1 interception, 2 fumbles forced, 2 fumbles recovered, 21.9-avg. on punt returns with 1 touchdown on and 83-yard return, 5 punts for a 43.2 avg; Jr. Year, 110 total tackles (75 unassisted), 1.0 tackle for loss, 1 fumble forced, 1 fumble recovered, 35.4-yds avg. on kickoff returns.
Football Honors: Sr. Year, Scout #61 Safety Nationally, Scout #15 Safety Midlands Region, Scout #14 Safety in Texas, All-District 10-5A 1st-Team.
Other Schools Recruited By: Kansas State (de-committed), Arkansas State, Iowa, Nebraska, Nevada, Texas Tech.
You Need to Know: Balous is fast, really fast, as in a clocking at 10.34 seconds in the 100 meters. He is running track again this spring and that should only continue to help in his speed development. I know he was not as highly regarded by some sources but he was also playing in a loaded secondary at McKinney North where the honors were passed around. Kansas State had him committed first and you know how good they are in evaluations.
Immediate Analysis: I think he is an immediate contributor with his speed and ability to make tackles. He is a natural to help on special teams and that is an excellent way to get acclimated to Division I and the Big 12. I also think he could see some action in the secondary as well. He comes in with a good background.

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Louis Brown, DE/Ath.
6-6, 210
Burton, Texas

Athletic Information:> 40 time 4.56, Bench 300. Squat 405, VJ 32”, Other Sports, Basketball and Track.
Statistics: Sr. Year, 87 carries for 1,015 yards, 11.7-ypc avg., 10 touchdowns, 2 receptions for 71 yards, 35.5-ypr avg., 169 total tackles, 11.5 sacks, 2 interceptions, 2 defensive touchdowns; Jr. Year, 59 carries for 328 yards, 5.6-ypc avg., 6 touchdowns, 4 receptions for 75 yards, 18.8-ypr avg., 2 touchdowns, 160 total tackles, 27 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, 1 interception, 2 fumbles forced, 2 fumbles recovered, 7 punts for 38.3 yards avg.; So. Year, 27 total tackles.
Football Honors: Sr. Year, 2014 Associated Press Class 2A All-State 1st-Team DE, Scout #38 DE Nationally, Scout #3 DE Midlands Region, Scout #3 DE in Texas, Texas Football Magazine 3rd-Team Super Team, Texas Football Magazine Top 300 Recruits, Texas Football Magazine Top 25 Linebackers, All-District 13-2A DII Defensive MVP and 1st-Team ; Jr. Year, 2013 Associated Press Class A All-State 1st Team (LB), 2013 TSWA Class A All-State Team 3rd-Team (All Purpose Back/LB), Texas Football Magazine Top 100 Junior Prospects (WR), All-District 13-A Division II 1st-Team (LB); So. Year, All-District 13-A Division II 1st Team (WR).
Other Schools Recruited By: Arkansas, Baylor (de-committed), Texas (de-committed), Mississippi, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas Tech, Utah State, Washington.
You Need to Know: Brown is an unbelievable athlete with his combination of size, speed, and quick-twitch abilities. He has been playing on the varsity at tiny Burton since his freshman season and his coach claims he has played wide receiver, tight end, running back, quarterback, defensive tackle, defensive end, outside linebacker, and safety.
Immediate Analysis: The temptation will be to find things for Brown to do immediately and there would be nothing wrong with that as he is capable and just the summer in the program should put some good pounds and some good strength on Brown. However, a full year and beyond in the program with Rob Glass and his staff are going to have Brown at a superior level. A redshirt year buys a year that might be like having an NFL defensive end at the college level. The again, he is one of the those guys you have to wonder how long you’ll have him before he is trying the NFL.
Louis Brown: His Coach’s Take

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Jeff Carr, RB
5-8, 173
Temple, Texas

Athletic Information: 40 time 4.45, Bench 250, Squat 420, VJ NA, Other Sports, Track.
Statistics: Sr. Year, 224 carries for 2,147 yards, 10.1-ypc avg., 19 touchdowns, 14 receptions for 210 yards, 16.9-ypr avg., 6 kickoff returns for 160 yards, 26.7-yards avg., 1 touchdown return for 100-yards; Jr. Year, 206 carries for 1,633 yards, 7.9-ypc avg., 16 touchdowns, 20 receptions for 201 yards, 10.1-ypr avg., 2 touchdowns.
Football Honors: Sr. Year, Texas Football Magazine Top 300 Recruits, Texas Football Magazine Top 30 Running Backs, Austin American-Statesman All-Centex 1st-Team, Centex Top 25 Recruits, Waco Tribune All-Centex 2nd-Team, District 17-5A Most Valuable Player, All-District 17-5A 1st-Team; Jr. Year, TSWA All-State Honorable Mention, Austin American-Statesman All-Centex 2nd-Team, Waco Tribune All-Centex 2nd-Team, District 8-5A Offensive Player of the Year, All-District 8-5A 1st-Team.
Other Schools Recruited By: New Mexico State, FCS and Division II schools, and junior colleges.
You Need to Know: During his senior season he rushed for 217 yards against Round Rock, 193 yards versus Austin Westlake, 284 yards against A&M Consolidated in the playoffs, and he stepped off 174 yards in the semifinal in Class 5A against Austin Vandegrift. Carr has proven to be durable and productive. He is small but his 5-8, 173 pounds compares to Kendall Hunter, who was 5-8 and 180 pounds when he signed, and Barry Sanders was 5-8, 190 pounds heading into his first season at OSU.
Immediate Analysis: He has proven himself to be durable the last two seasons on varsity at Temple and playing against really good competition. It would appear that his frame will need some added weight and strength on the weight room. My guess, purely a guess, would be to get him somewhere around 185 pounds and he could contribute. He has legit speed, and moves. I also liked watching full game video and seeing his blocking and his overall game. Uncertain but intriguing as the clock starts on how soon he will contribute. He should be looked at on kickoff returns right away.

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Chris Carson, RB
6-1, 210
Butler County C.C., Kan./Lilburn (Parkview), Ga.

Athletic Information: 40 time, 4.35, Bench, 345. Squat, 555, VJ, 37.0”, Other Sports, Track (High School).
Statistics: JC/So. Year, 1-of-2 passing (50 percent), 11-yards, 1 touchdown, 139 carries-for-994-yards, 7.2-ypc avg., 9 touchdowns, 12 receptions-for-63-yards, 5.3-ypr avg., 2 touchdowns; JC/Fr. Year, 2-of-3 passing (67 percent), 61-yards, 2 touchdowns, 109 carries-for-611-yards, 5.6-ypc avg., 8 touchdowns, 7 receptions-for-94-yards, 13.4-ypr avg.; HS/Sr. Year, 175 carries-for-1,100-yards, 6.3-ypc avg., 11 touchdowns, 5 receptions-for-32-yards, 6.4-ypr avg.; HS/Jr. Year, 219 carries-for-1,146-yards, 5.2-ypc avg., 17 touchdowns, 15 receptions-for-122-yards, 8.1-ypr avg., 1 touchdown, 6 total tackles (3 unassisted), 4 kickoff returns-for-94-yards, 23.5-yards avg.
Football Honors: JC/So. Year, All-Jayhawk Conference 2nd –Team, Scout Junior College Football Top 100 (14th); HS/Sr. Year, Scout #147 RB Nationally, Scout #51 RB South Region, Scout #13 RB in Georgia, Gwinnett Daily Post All-County 1st-Team, Atlanta Journal Constitution All-Gwinnet County 1st-Team; Jr. Year, Gwinnett Daily Post All-County 1st-Team, Atlanta Journal Constitution All-Gwinnet County 1st-Team.
Other Schools Recruited By: Cincinnati, Colorado State, Georgia (de-commit), Illinois, Indiana, Iowa State, Louisville, Utah State, Wisconsin.
You Need to Know: He is a rock and those weight room numbers are not imaginary. He takes working out very seriously and it is a big part of his game and the confidence he has on the football field. One of the biggest impressions he had from his recruiting visit at Oklahoma State was Rob Glass and the Cowboys weight room.
Immediate Analysis: Carson could be expected to be a one semester and one season contributor as he has the abilities and the desire to take his game to the NFL. You would really never speculate on a high school player like this but with Carson there is enough to go on to know it could happen. He will be expected to immediately jump in the competition to be the top back or one of the top backs in the offense. Physically, he is a very gifted athlete that has the combination of speed, strength and vision to be a really good player in the Big 12.

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Darrion Daniels, DT
6-3 ½, 290
Dallas (Bishop Dunne), Texas

Athletic Information: 40 time 4.76, Bench 340. Squat 460, VJ NA, Other Sports, Basketball and Track (Shot put-2nd at State).
Statistics: Sr. Year, 67 total tackles (38 unassisted), 28.0 tackles for loss, 8.0 sacks; Jr. Year, 80 total tackles (53 unassisted), 25.0 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks.
Football Honors: Sr. Year, Scout Top 300 Recruits, Scout #22 DT Nationally, Scout #2 DT Midlands Region, Scout #2 DT in Texas, TAPPS Division I All-State 1st Team on Offense and Defense, Texas Football Magazine 3rd-Team All-Super Team, Texas Football Magazine Top 300 Recruits, Texas Football Magazine Top 25 Defensive Linemen, TAPPS Division I All-District I Defensive Player of the Year and 1st-Team Offense and Defense; Jr. Year, TAPPS Division I All-State 1st Team on Offense and Defense, TAPPS Division I All-District I 1st-Team Offense and Defense.
Other Schools Recruited By: Baylor, Iowa, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Arizona State, Arkansas, California, Colorado, UConn, Louisville, LSU, Miami (Fla.), Mississippi, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, SMU, TCU, Tennessee, Texas, Tulsa, USC, Washington State, Wisconsin.
You Need to Know: His father has had a heavy influence on him as he has coached him on his way up. His father, Tony Daniels, was an honorable mention All-Big 12 performer in 1996 playing at Texas Tech. He let Darrion make his own decision on school and did not push him to Texas Tech.
Immediate Analysis: He has really good skills and excellent technique with one exception and that is he plays too high but that is almost an automatic correction that each lineman has to make entering college. He could play early and one aspect of this class that stands out is Daniels and Taaj Bakari both in the class. I believe defensive tackle tandems are better when developed together. Look at what one year did in developing James Castleman and Ofa Hautau as a tandem. Daniels and Bakari could be even more dominating as they develop.

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Za’Carrius Green, OLB/Safety
5-11, 195
Duncanville, Texas

Athletic Information: 40 time 4.5, Bench 280, Squat 400, VJ 34.5”, Other Sports, Track.
Statistics: Jr. Year, 52 total tackles, 37 unassisted, 13 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 5 interceptions, 4 defensive touchdowns.
Football Honors: Sr. Year, Texas Football Magazine Top 300 Recruits, Texas Football Magazine Top 25 Linebackers, All-District 8-6A 2nd-Team (OLB); Jr. Year, All-District 7-5A 1st-Team (OLB).
Other Schools Recruited By: Duke, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas, Louisiana Tech, North Texas, UConn, North Carolina, SMU.
You Need to Know: Green’s best talent may be his change of direction. As you watch him in drills, he is superior in being able to shift his weight and technique and go from a backpedal to a forward run and vice versa. He is also outstanding at lateral movement with excellent quick feet. Those talents make him especially valuable at the outside linebacker position as he can cover about any caliber of athlete and also rush the quarterback.
Immediate Analysis: The tendency is to think he needs to redshirt and put on added muscle if he is going to wind up at the “star” position. But the beauty of Green is he could play safety immediately and then gradually work his way to star as he spends more time in the weight room and naturally progresses some in getting bigger. He is almost a lock to play on special teams. To go with his athleticism, he has excellent hands in catching the ball.
Za’Carrius Green: His Coach’s Take

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Kevin Henry, LB/Star
6-1, 205
Baton Rouge (Central), La.

Athletic Information: 40 time 4.7, Bench 310. Squat 420, VJ 29.3”.
Statistics: Sr. Year, 80 total tackles, 10.0 tackles for loss, 3 interceptions, 6 fumbles forced, 1 fumble recovered; Jr. Year, 47.5 total tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss, 2.0 sack, 3 interceptions.
Football Honors: Sr. Year, NOLA (New Orleans Times-Picayune Class 4A All-State 1st-Team, Louisiana Sportswriters Association Class 5A All-State Team Honorable Mention, Scout #54 Safety Nationally, Scout #24 Safety South Region, Scout #2 Safety in Louisiana, NOLA (New Orleans Times-Picayune) Preseason Large School All-Area Team, All-District 5A-4 1st-Team; Jr. Year, Louisiana Coaches Association Class 5A All-State Team 1st-Team, All-District 5A-4 1st-Team.
Other Schools Recruited By: Grambling, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Monroe, LSU, Mississippi, Nicholls State, Southeastern Louisiana, Southern.
You Need to Know: Henry received his first letter in recruiting from Oklahoma State. He committed to LSU, but then when reconsidering he remembered which school noticed him and came after him first. This season he worked very hard to improve in several areas but one he took great pride in improving on was leadership and vocal motivation.
Immediate Analysis: He is a bright young man with lots of energy and that will bode well. He is the right size coming in to immediately fill a void on the depth chart at the “star” linebacker. A huge bonus for Glen Spencer is Henry’s maturity coming out of high school as he shows that and a good football IQ.
Kevin Henry: His Coach’s Take

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Marcus Keyes, OL
6-5, 265
Port Allen, La.

Athletic Information: 40 time 5.29, Bench 255, Squat 365, VJ 28.0”, Other Sports, Basketball.
Football Honors: Sr. Year, NOLA (New Orleans Times-Picayune Class 4A All-State 1st-Team, Louisiana Sportswriters Association Class 5A All-State Team Honorable Mention, Scout #54 Safety Nationally, Scout #24 Safety South Region, Scout #2 Safety in Louisiana, NOLA (New Orleans Times-Picayune) Preseason Large School All-Area Team, All-District 5A-4 1st-Team; Jr. Year, Louisiana Coaches Association Class 5A All-State Team 1st-Team, All-District 5A-4 1st-Team.
Other Schools Recruited By: Houston, Missouri, Louisiana-Lafayette (de-commit), Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Monroe, South Alabama, Southern Miss.
You Need to Know: Great bloodlines as his father, Tyrone Keyes, played collegiately at Mississippi State at defensive end and then in the NFL with the Chicago Bears (1983-85), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1986-87), and San Diego Chargers (1988). He was a shuffler in the background in the Bears Super Bowl Shuffle video.
Immediate Analysis: A two-way player in high school he will be able to develop as a candidate on the offensive line and will bring a little of that defensive attitude to the offense, always a good thing. He has ability and will benefit from time in the weight room as he matures and fills out his frame.

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John Kolar, QB
6-4, 188
Norman (Norman North), Okla.

Athletic Information: 40 time 4.75, Other Sports, Basketball and Baseball.
Statistics: Sr. Year, 127 of 244 passing (52 percent) for 2,292 yards with 24 touchdowns, 12 interceptions, 95 carries for 524 yards, 5.5-ypc avg., 5 touchdowns; Jr. Year, 109 of 168 passing (65 percent) for 1,675 yards with 15 touchdowns, 2 interceptions, 56 carries for 287 yards, 5.1-ypc avg., 3 touchdowns, 11 receptions for 136 yards, 12.1-ypr avg., touchdown.
Football Honors: Sr. Year, Semper Fidelis U.S. Marine Corps. All-American Game Selection and Participant, Elite 11 QB Regional Participant, Scout #47 QB Nationally, Scout #8 QB Midlands Region, Scout #1 QB in Oklahoma, Oklahoman All-State Team Honorable Mention, Oklahoman All-Big City Team Honorable Mention, Vype Oklahoma Mr. Football Semi-Finalist ; Jr. Year, Team Offensive MVP as he out performed U.S. Army All-American and highly regarded Alabama signee David Cornwell.
Other Schools Recruited By: Early commitment that accepted first scholarship offer from Oklahoma State.
You Need to Know: Kolar started his junior season playing wide receiver and backing up Alabama signee and prep All-American David Cornwell, but at mid-season Cornwell suffered a season ending injury and Kolar jumped in and led his team to the playoffs. He outplayed Cornwell significantly. Both parents are OU professors, his dad in Civil Engineering and mom in Law.
Immediate Analysis: Honestly, Kolar needs some more seasoning with only a season and a half of varsity action but he has all the tools. He came to the right place where after several seasons of having to press multiple quarterbacks into duty the Cowboys have multiple quarterbacks with significant experience and that will free up Kolar to redshirt and take his time learning and getting comfortable.

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Jalen McClesky, WR
5-10, 160
Covington (St. Paul’s School), La.

Athletic Information: 40 time 4.37, Bench 245, Squat 335, VJ 40.3”, Other Sports, Track.
Statistics: Sr. Year, 95 receptions for 1,446 yards, 15.2-ypr avg., 17 touchdowns; Jr. Year, 41 receptions for 657 yards, 16.0-ypr avg., 10 touchdowns.
Football Honors: Sr. Year, Scout #224 WR Nationally, Scout #96 WR South Region, Scout #16 WR in Louisiana All-District 6-5A 1st-Team; Jr. Year, All-District 6-5A Honorable Mention.
Other Schools Recruited By: Air Force, South Florida, Southeastern Louisiana, Southern Miss.
You Need to Know: His dad is J.J. McCleskey, who played defensive back for Tennessee in college and then with the New Orleans Saints and Arizona Cardinals in the NFL. He had four interceptions and a sack in his pro career. No doubt, father has coached up and passed down lots of tips for Jalen.
Immediate Analysis: McCleskey is set to either gray-shirt (sit out the fall) or blue-shirt (not play in the fall but practice and count on the 2016 class). He is a talented player but his biggest friend will be the strength and conditioning staff and program.
Jalen McCleskey: His Coach’s Take

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Kenneth McGruder, DB
6-1, 190
Alief (Taylor), Texas

Athletic Information: 40 time 4.5, Bench 305, Squat 385, VJ NA, Other Sports, Track.
Statistics: Sr. Year, 79 total tackles (36 unassisted), 1 sack, 1 interception, 2 fumbles forced; Jr. Year, 33 total tackles (18 unassisted), 3 interceptions.
Football Honors: Sr. Year, Scout #30 Safety Nationally, Scout #9 Safety Midlands Region, Scout #8 Safety in Texas, Texas Football Magazine Top 300 Recruits, Texas Football Magazine Best of the Rest Defensive Backs, All-District 23-6A 1st-Team; Jr. Year, All-District 18-5A 2nd-Team.
Other Schools Recruited By: Arkansas, Boise State, California, Colorado, Florida, LSU, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oregon State, Purdue, Texas Tech, Tulsa, SMU, Washington.
You Need to Know: McGruder is hands on and just needed to see Oklahoma State again after he opened up his recruiting in November, and then he came in to spend the weekend at the school in December following the season. He was really intent at eye-balling everything during practice and mainly the interaction between players and coaches.
Immediate Analysis: His greatest attribute is his physicality and his ability to tackle in the open field. It is because of that I feel he will play immediately as he should be a key component on special teams coverage units. When you start envisioning the young defensive backs and star candidates in this recruiting class it gets exciting in a hurry, and including McGruder the size in impressive.
Kenneth McGruder: His Coach’s Take

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Vaimoe Sekona, OL
6-3 ½, 285
Encino (Crespi), Calif.

Athletic Information: 40 time 5.33, Bench 400, Squat 520, VJ 23.9”, Other Sports, Track.
Statistics: Sr. Year, 22 total tackles (8 unassisted), 1 sack, 2 interceptions (1 returned for touchdown); Jr. Year, 14 total tackles (10 unassisted), 1 fumble forced; So. Year, 30 total tackles (3 unassisted), 1 fumble forced.
Football Honors: Sr. Year, Scout #36 OG Nationally, Scout #7 OG West Region, Scout #4 OG in California, CIF All-State 1st-Team (OL), Los Angeles Daily News All-Area 1st-Team (DL), CIF Southern Section PAC 5 Division 1st-Team (OL).
Other Schools Recruited By: Hawaii, Miami (Fla.), Oregon State, San Diego State, Texas Tech, UCLA, USC, Washington State.
You Need to Know: He has not had the smoothest life during high school but has done an excellent job of overcoming those obstacles and being solid on the field and off. He is a good kid and as a result has a lot of people around him that care about him and want to see him do well.
Immediate Analysis: I’ve been watching high school football and college recruiting prospects for over 30 years and Sekona is the most naturally strong player I have ever seen. He can stick one hand in a player’s chest and put him on the ground.
Vaimoe Sekona: His Coach’s Take

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Johnny Wilson, OL
6-3, 295
Midland (Midland Christian), Texas

Athletic Information: 40 time 5.01, Bench 370, Squat 425, VJ 28”, Other Sports, Track.
Statistics: Sr. Year, 9 total tackles, 5 unassisted, 1 pass deflection ; Jr. Year, 13 total tackles, 6 unassisted tackles, 2.0 sacks, 1 fumble recovery.
Football Honors: Sr. Year, TAPPS Division I All-State 1st-Team, Scout #15 Center Nationally, Scout #7 Center Midlands Region, Scout #5 Center in Texas, Texas Football Magazine Top 300 Recruits, Texas Football Magazine Top 30 Offensive Linemen, TAPPS Division I, All-District I 1st-Team ; Jr. Year, TAPPS Division II All-State 1st-Team, TAPPS Division II, All-District I 1st-Team; So. Year, TAPPS Division II All-State 1st-Team, TAPPS Division II, All-District I 1st-Team; Fr. Year, TAPPS Division II All-State 2nd-Team, TAPPS Division II, All-District I 1st-Team.
Other Schools Recruited By: Early commitment that accepted first scholarship offer from Oklahoma State.
You Need to Know: Recruiting didn’t last long for Wilson as he and his father came to Stillwater in the spring for a practice and you could tell that Oklahoma State fit him and he was going to commit. He is a very smart young man and that translates well on the football field.
Immediate Analysis: He has been a tackle through most of his high school career but he should make a smooth adjustment to guard or center. I really think because of his high football IQ that he would be a natural multi-year starter on the offensive line and maybe at center. He should redshirt this upcoming season.
Johnny Wilson: His Coach’s Take

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Junior College Signees
Jordan Burton, Saf./LB/Star
6-1, 210
Kilgore J.C./Stephen F. Austin Univ./Longview, Texas
Athletic Information: 40 time 4.55, Bench 340, Squat 460, VJ 34”.
Statistics: JC/So. Year-,108 total tackles, 52 unassisted tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss, 3 fumbles recovered, 1 fumble forced, four passes break-ups; FCS/Fr. Year, 74 total tackles, 36 unassisted, 3.5 tackles for loss, 1 interception, 1 fumble forced, 5 pass break-ups; FCS/RS-Fr. Year, 5 total tackles, 3 unassisted, 1 fumble forced; HS/Sr. Year, 106 total tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss, 4 pass break-ups 17 punt returns-12.0 avg. with 1 touchdown; HS/Jr. Year, 110 total tackles, 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered.
Football Honors: JC/So. Year, All Southwest Junior College Football Conference 1st-Team, Scout Junior College Football Top 100 (84th); HS/Sr. Year, Texas Football Magazine Top 300 Players, Texas Football Magazine Top 20 Linebackers, All-District 11-5A 1st-Team; HS/Jr. Year, All-District 11-5A 2nd-Team.
Other Schools Recruited By: Minnesota, Memphis, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette, Southern Miss, Troy.
You Need to Know: Several coaches in the SWJCFC were surprised when Burton did not receive All-American honors from the NJCAA and the numbers should have earned him that honor. Burton was mad he did not get it and I like that. This young man puts high expectations on himself.
Immediate Analysis: He is likely the best answer to jump into the star position as he comes in with the size and the experience having been at Stephen F. Austin prior to Kilgore. He is a very physical tackler and should fit well.

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Antwan Hadley, DB
6-3, 210
Lake Wales, Fla./Lake Wells/Butler C.C.

Athletic Information: 40 time 4.55, Bench 280, Squat 400, VJ 35.5”, Other Sports, Basketball (High School).
Statistics: JC/So. Year, 73 total tackles (34 unassisted), 1 interception; JC/Fr. Year, 34 total tackles (31 unassisted), 2 interceptions, 5 pass break-ups; HS/Sr. Year, 17 receptions-for-250-yards, 14.7-ypr avg., 1 touchdown, 14 total tackles (14 unassisted), 1 tackle for loss, 1 sack, 5 interceptions; HS/Jr. Year, 2 receptions-for-39-yards, 19.5-ypr avg., 4 total tackles (2 unassisted), 2 tackles for loss, 1 sack; HS/So. Year, 10 total tackles (6 unassisted), 2 tackles for loss, 1 sack.
Football Honors: JC/So. Year, All-Jayhawk Conference 2ndTeam; HS/Sr. Year, All-Distrcit 5A-10 1st-Team Defense.
Other Schools Recruited By: Western Kentucky (de-commit), Colorado State, Troy.
You Need to Know: Hadley redshirted his first season at Butler so he has two years to play two seasons when he arrives. He is really a good ball skills athlete as he was part of a 30-4 basketball team at Lake Wales in high school that won a Class 5A state championship. He came with Chris Carson on his official visit a week after he had committed to Western Kentucky and Oklahoma State came back after him on signing day.
Immediate Analysis: He is not a throw-in in order to get Chris Carson. In fact, Carson’s paper work was in before Hadley’s. He is a unique athlete that stood out as a wide receiver and a basketball player in high school and he has strong ball skills. He is likely to play safety and may even move down to the “star” linebacker position when he gets settled in. I see him first making an impression on special teams. Think also about the kick block units with his height and his ability to get up in the air. He could become an ace weapon in blocking kicks.

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Matt Kellerman, OT
6-6, 295
Butler County C.C./Centerville (Prairie View), Kansas

Athletic Information: 40 time NA, Bench 380, Squat 460, VJ 26”.
Statistics: HS/Sr. Year, (partial stats) 37 total tackles, 4 sacks, 1 fumble recovered, 1 blocked punt (safety).
Football Honors: JC/So. Year, All-Jayhawk Junior College Conference Honorable Mention, Scout Junior College Football Top 100 (59th); HS/Sr. Year, All-State Honorable Mention, All-Kansas by Class Honorable Mention 4A, All-Pioneer League 1st Team OL/DL, All-Tri-County 1st Team OL/DL; HS/Jr. Year, All-Pioneer League Honorable Mention OL/DL, All-Tri-County Honorable Mention OL/DL.
Other Schools Recruited By: Louisville, Iowa State, Illinois, Memphis, East Carolina, Colorado State, Nevada, North Texas, Louisiana-Lafayette, Southern Miss.
You Need to Know: His goal in high school was to play at Kansas State. He is a natural fit there and will be at Oklahoma State with his agriculture background growing up.
Immediate Analysis: You don’t bring in junior college players to sit around. Kellerman is a natural tackle with long arms and good feet. He should compete for playing time immediately and get on the field this fall.

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Motekiai Maile, DT
6-4, 307
Tyler J.C., Texas/Pittsburg Calif./ Euless (Trinity), Texas

Athletic Information: 40 time 4.9, Bench 400, Squat 500, VJ 26”.
Statistics: JC/So. Year, 54 total tackles, 50 unassisted, 10.0 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks, 2 pass break-ups; JC/Fr. Year, 30 total tackles, 29 unassisted, 5.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, 1 fumble forced.
Football Honors: JC/So. Year, All Southwest Junior College Football Conference 1st Team, Scout Junior College Football Top 100 (33rd); HS/Sr. Year, San Francisco Chronicle All-Metro Team Honorable Mention DL, All-Bay Valley Athletic League 1st Team TE, Holiday Classic Bay Area All-Star Team Selection and Participant, East Bay Area Top 25 Player; HS/Jr. Year, All-Bay Valley Athletic League 2nd-Team DL.
Other Schools Recruited By: TCU, USC, Oklahoma, Texas, Mississippi State, Miami (Fla.), Arizona State, SMU, North Texas.
You Need to Know: He spent his early high school days in the DFW area at Euless Trinity High School, an area with a large Polynesian community and culture. Maile’s culture is very meaningful to him and I expect him to be the kind of leader on defense in time that Ofa Hautau became for the Cowboys. Maile also arrived early and went through some of the bowl practices at home getting a head start. He practiced really well and was able to win matchups with offensive line starters.
Immediate Analysis: Maile plays now. He weighs 307 pounds and looks like he weighs around 260. He is very athletic and could become a player along with Vili Leveni that could play anywhere on the line from one defensive end to the other and both tackles in between.

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

Athletic Information: 40 time 4.45, Bench 300, Squat 410, VJ 34”.
Statistics: JC/So. Year, 15-of-16 passing-for-158-yards, 94 percent, 1 touchdown, no interceptions, 69 carries-for-400-yards, 5.8-ypc avg., 7 touchdowns, 17 receptions-for-200-yards, 11.8-ypr avg. 2 touchdowns; JC/Fr. Year, 31-of-47 passing-for-341-yards, 66 percent, 2 touchdowns, no interceptions, 111 carries-for-641-yards, 5.8-ypc avg., 15 touchdowns, 10 receptions-for-78-yards, 7.8-ypr avg.; FBS/RS-Fr. Year, red-shirted at Arkansas State; HS/Sr. Year, 169-of-277 passing-for-3,116-yards, 61 percent, 28 touchdowns, 7 interceptions, 205 carries-for-1,304-yards, 6.4-ypc avg., 18 touchdowns; HS/Jr. Year, 108-of-188 passing-for-1,750-yards, 57 percent, 18 touchdowns, 3 interceptions, 148 carries-for-552-yards, 3.7-ypc avg., 10 touchdowns; HS/So. Year, 64-of-137 passing-for-1,222-yards, 47 percent, 8 touchdowns, 7 interceptions, 108 carries-for-243-yards, 2.3-ypc avg., 3 touchdowns.
Football Honors: JC/So. Year, Scout Junior College Football Top 100 (60th); HS/Sr. Year, MHSAA All-State 1st-Team, Clarion-Ledger All-State 6-A 1st-Team, Super Prep All-Dixie 1st-Team, Super Prep #28 Player in South Region, Scout #119 RB Prospect Nationally, Scout #4 RB Prospect in Mississippi, Mississippi Class 6A State Championship MVP, All-Region 1 1st-Team and Offensive MVP, Memphis Commercial Appeal Best of Preps, Mississippi/Alabama All-Star Selection, Mississippi Mr. Football Finalist, All-Mississippi/Arkansas County 1st-Team; HS/Jr. Year, Clarion-Ledger All-State 6-A Honorable Mention, All-Region 1 1st-Team, All-Mississippi/Arkansas County 2nd Team.
Other Schools Recruited By: Mississippi State, Missouri, Memphis, Cincinnati, Kansas, Minnesota, Southern Miss, Troy.
You Need to Know: He thinks of himself as a quarterback and wants to play there but he is extremely unselfish and sees things through an attitude of caring what is best for the team. His offensive coordinator could not be higher on him or his ability to be a difference maker at running back.
Immediate Analysis: Along with Rennie Childs, he is my top pick to be the starting running back when the Cowboys open the season at Central Michigan. He has the ability to make you miss in a phone booth, can catch the ball, and has shown the strength with his size to run over tacklers. Include in his profile the ability to burn opposing teams with the halfback pass. In a line-up he truly looks like you want your starting running back to look.
Todd Mays: His Coach’s Take

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

Athletic Information: 40 time 4.93, Bench 340 , Squat 520, VJ, 28”.
Statistics: JC/So. Year, Missed entire season with a knee injury; FBS/Fr. Year, Played in four games at Georgia State; HS/Sr. Year, 30 pancake blocks.
Football Honors: JC/So. Year, Scout Junior College Football Top 100 (88th); HS/Sr. Year, All-District 14 1st-Team, Pinellas County All-Star Game Selection and Participant and named Most Valuable Offensive Lineman.
Other Schools Recruited By: Florida, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, East Carolina, Texas Tech, South Florida, Utah, Utah State.
You Need to Know: The knee injury he suffered in training camp before his season at Mesa was a straight ACL tear with no other structural or ligament damage. That was a huge relief to the Cowboys staff as it gives him a greater opportunity to bounce back quickly and effectively.
Immediate Analysis: He turned down Florida in his home state to come to OSU and that is impressive. Provided he has success finishing his rehab from the knee injury he suffered last August then he should be competing for a starting job this preseason. He truly has all the tools and looks just like you want a starting offensive tackle to look. Starting out I believe he is a little bit batter with his pass blocking that he is with the run blocking. However, he shows signs, in his past, of being a run masher.

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Major College Transfers
Michael Hunter, CB
6-1, 192
Indiana University/West Monroe, La./Richwood, La.
Athletic Information: 40 time 4.5.
Statistics: Major College/Jr. Year, Started 12 games at CB, 36 total tackles (29 unassisted), 3.5 tackles for loss, 1 interception, 5 pass break-ups; Major College/So. Year, Started all 12 games at CB, 42 total tackles (34 unassisted), 3.0 tackles for loss, 1 interception, 7 pass break-ups, 1 fumble forced; Major College/RS Year, 2012; Major College/Fr. Year, Played in all 12 games at CB, 13 total tackles (9 unassisted), 2 pass break-ups; HS/Sr. Year, 44 total tackles, 1 interception, 5 pass break-ups, 2 fumbles forced, 3 fumbles recovered, 1 blocked kick.
Football Honors: Sr. Year, Scout #119 CB Nationally, Scout #51 CB in South Region, Scout #5 CB in Louisiana, Louisiana Sportswriters Association All-State Team Honorable Mention, All-Northeast Louisiana 1st-Team, All-District 5A-1 1st-Team; Jr. Year, All Northeast Louisiana 1st-Team, All-District 3A-2 1st-Team.
Other Schools Recruited By: (to Indiana) Arkansas, Baylor, Duke, Louisiana-Monroe.
You Need to Know: A veteran of 24 starts and 36 games as a major college player in a power conference this certainly reminds you of Tyler Patmon.
Immediate Analysis: Hunter jumps right in and brings some veteran stability to the two-deep at cornerback as the Cowboys return both Kevin Peterson and the pup freshman starter from last season in Ramon Richards. Ashton Lampkin is also back after a redshirt injury season so now you can play every down and with the specialty package on defense with a solid two-deep of veteran corners.

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

Statistics: Major College, Started all 12 games as a sophomore at left tackle. Started 11 of 12 games at left tackle as a redshirt freshman; Sr. Year,11 pancake blocks; Jr. Year, 58 tackles, 26 unassisted tackles, 4 sacks, 3 fumbles forced, 2 fumbles recovered.
Football Honors: Major College, Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll, 2013 2nd-Team All Academic; Sr. Year, 2nd Team-All City OL, Team OL MVP; Jr. Year, Team DL MVP; So. Year, Team DL MVP.
Other Schools Recruited By: (from UAB) Louisville, Miami, Fla., OU, USC, Kentucky, among others; (from HS) No other Division I schools.
You Need to Know: Salako got a head start coming in during the bowl practices in Stillwater and practicing with the team. It was all legal and it also ended the recruitment by other schools that were trying to sway him away from the Cowboys. It also gave a preview of what he is capable of and he showed up well in all aspects from inside drill (run emphasis) and pass pro drills (pass emphasis). He has good feet, big upper body, but is slimmer in the lower legs.
Immediate Analysis: Here’s the no brainer of the year, Salako very likely finds himself starting at left tackle for the opener at Central Michigan. The only concern is getting him a little stronger lower body and Glass will be able to do that for sure.


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