Standout offensive lineman from Minnesota says he will sign with Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy is pleased that Matt Kegel has given his verbal commitment to the Cowboys.

Oklahoma State recruiting fans might remember a summer unofficial visitor named Matt Kegel from Chaska, Minn. It's unusual because Oklahoma State doesn't get many recruits from Minnesota.

I remember checking it a couple of times to make sure, but Kegel's mom was an Oklahoma State graduate, so there was a connection. Kegel went to earn several offers including Minnesota, Iowa State, and Pittsburgh before the 6-6, 295-pounder committed to the Golden Gophers, but that relationship ended on Tuesday night as Kegel de-committed in a very eloquent message on his Twitter account.

Then just a matter of hours later Kegel must have called Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy because early Wednesday morning Gundy sent out a "Pistols Firing" from Chaska, Minn., and offensive line coach Greg Adkins followed. On his Twitter account Kegel re-tweeted both the alerts from the OSU coaches after a message stating #gopokes MN(plane logo to)OK and #Stilly16. It's pretty clear he's committed to the Cowboys.

He is one of the top prospects in Minnesota. He had been committed to the Gophers for some time and his announcement on Twitter revealed some emotion.

"After much reflection, discussion with peers, and my parents, I have made the decision to de-commit from the University of Minnesota football program. Coach [Jerry] Kill's words come to mind in not wanting to cheat the university, the football program, my Empire brothers or another player's opportunity if I am not 100 percent committed to the direction of the program. I want to thank everyone I have been involved with for their support and the opportunity they have provided me. It has been a valuable experience working with the entire Gopher Football staff and The University of Minnesota. I wish the Team and especially the Empire Class of 2016 continued success as they build on the future of the program. Ski U Mah and Thank you for your understanding with my decision."

Kegel just made his official visit to Minnesota this past weekend. He was part of a 7-3 team that went 5-1 in conference play this past season. He is a talented prospect that is athletic for his size and is very physical at the point of attack. 

He is scheduled to make an official visit to Oklahoma State in January. The Cowboys were looking for at least one more offensive lineman to fill the position in the class on the offensive line following the de-commitment of Klein (Oak), Texas tackle prospect Ryan McCollum. Kegel will be a huge addition in both size and talent.

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