Draper Becomes OSU's First Commit For 2017

When we spoke to linebacker Levi Draper of Collinsville, Okla., on Friday we had a feeling that the junior-to-be that looks to be one of the top linebacker prospects in the nation was going to make a decision on his recruiting sooner than later. Draper did on Monday. Accompanied by his parents, grandparents, and two sisters, he was on campus in Stillwater and cofirmed he was going to be a Cowboy.

Draper let the recruiting world know on Twitter and confirmed it by phone.

"Proud to say I have officially committed to Oklahoma State!" #beacowboy #gopokes"

The 6-2, 230-pound linebacker is extremely fast, very strong, and very athletic. Draper saw his recruiting shoot through the roof this spring and especially in the month of June. Draper has 4.6 speed in the forty and has been dominant on the field. He is also an outstanding student with a 3.8 GPA and is featured on the cover of the just released Oklahoma Pigskin Preview.

Oklahoma State was one of the first schools to offer Draper back in May, and he had already been on campus in Stillwater once. He also visited Oklahoma on the day of their spring game. Arizona State offered right on the heels of Oklahoma State on May 27, but in June California (6/1), Alabama (6/13), Florida State (6/15), Clemson (6/15), Auburn (6/20), OU (6/24), and Houston (6/28) all had offered.

The Cowboys also, as we had thought late last week, had another top linebacker prospect in on Monday in Anthony Hines from Plano East. He also responded on Twitter and seemed to get caught up with the spirit of the commitment from Draper.

"I had an awesome time at OSU today with @CoachGundy, @Glenn_Spencer, and my dude @LDraper_10. #gopokes."

Hines is a Texan that is not just good but the most highly regarded prospect in the country in the 2017 class.

The 6-2, 227-pound Hines has a tops 73 scholarship offers including Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State, Oregon, TCU, USC, Arkansas, Clemson, Florida, Michigan, Notre Dame, Nebraska, South Carolina, LSU, UCLA, Virginia Tech, Texas, Tennessee, and Texas A&M. Hines has been on unofficial visits to Texas and OU.

Hines, who had 60 tackles last season, has shown interest in Oklahoma State throughout the spring.

Draper becomes commitment number one in the class for 2017. Oklahoma State appears to be hoping Hines will be number two and that might polish off the linebacker recruiting in that class. Draper is a very momentous start to that class, for sure.

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