Draper: Coach Spencer Made Decision Easy

We received a return call Monday from Levi Draper of Collinsville, Okla., the Oklahoma State Cowboys' newest commitment and the 2017 standout linebacker and perhaps top Oklahoma prospect in the junior class.

"This is a huge commitment because Draper steps on the field this fall as the No. 1-rated Oklahoma based prospect in the 2017 class," Scout National Recruiting Analyst Greg Powers said. "To put that in perspective, OSU has never signed the No. 1-rated in-state recruit in the Mike Gundy era.

"Draper is an athletic linebacker who has the speed and agility to track down the best of running backs and cover space in the open field."

I would compare him to former Oklahoma State linebacker Caleb Lavey, who was a highly regarded prospect out of Celina, Texas. Lavey was a huge playmaker who had tremendous football instincts and IQ. Draper is working toward that but with his 4.6 speed and his power gained in the weight room he is stronger and more athletic than Lavey coming out of high school and he has two seasons left to play.

Draper had his relatives in Stillwater on Monday and said he knew Oklahoma State was going to be his destination despite all the offers and attention from the likes of Florida State, Clemson, Alabama, USC, and others, including a heavy recruiting push from OU.

"Yes sir, absolutely, I knew two or three weeks ago that this was what I was going to do," Draper answered. "I had talked to my coaches about the decision and then I told Coach (Glenn) Spencer that I needed to find a day to come back with my family and check it all out again. We (parents, sisters, and grandparents) were there today and they saw it and loved it."

Draper actually said Oklahoma State rose to the top of his recruiting thoughts early in the process.

"It was was really from the very first time there," the only junior on the cover of Vype's Oklahoma Pigskin Preview said. "It was the school that felt most like family. It felt the best and I was really comfortable there. Coach Spencer was a huge part of it from day one. He was one of my favorite guys that recruited me and I really love him and I love Coach Gundy."

Now with Draper preparing for his junior season this fall and then having another full year the question begs whether he is ready for the process off being recruited to be over?

"Absolutely, I'm fine with it," Draper said. "Now anybody that comes in I will take it in and hear them out, but I am 100 percent committed to Oklahoma State."

Cowboy fans can celebrate and like all very early commitments hope that it absolutely holds.

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