I had a chance to speak with the newest Oklahoma State verbal commitment for the 2017 football recruiting class when Pflugerville Hendrickson defensive end Nelson Mbanasor appeared on Sports Talk with Robert Allen and Friends on Triple Play Sports Radio. Mbanasor was offered last week, and he seemed to be waiting for an OSU offer and wasted little time in taking head coach Mike Gundy and company up on it.
"Oklahoma State is a great place and I can get a great education and play Big 12 football," Mbanasor said. "I want to try and win some championships. My relationship with the coaches is great. I went up there on junior day and spent time with coach Gundy. I felt welcomed there and it is a great family relationship."
Mbanasor is a multiple player at this stage as Hendrickson employs both a three-man and a four-man front on defense. In the three-man look he is one of the outside players, but still generally lines up head up or shaded inside to the tackle and with his hand on the ground. You can tell he likes the additional freedom of the edge and he seems to get much better depth in his effort to get into the backfield. He does well in the four-man front too where he plays as a tackle.
I love the strength he seems to get from his lower body and he does squat close to 500 pounds. Mbanasor wanted to brag more on his upper strength.
"Yeah, I always spend time in the weight room and I'm often in there two times a day. I feel like my upper body should be better than my lower body," said the 6-3, 245-pound defensive end. "Spring football was great and we had a lot of visitors and we got a lot better as a team. This summer I have strength and conditioning camp."
You can tell by all of that that he loves football and his enthusiasm for it is evident. He is also sounding enthusiastic about a situation that will be unique for he and his older brother P.J. Oklahoma State recruited P.J. as a corner a couple of years ago but he chose to go to OU. Yes, the Mbanasors will be a split family come Bedlam time.
"Yes sir, me going against my brother in college is going to be something to watch, for the fans and especially my family," Mbanasor said with gusto.
Nelson credits his brother with educating him some on the recruiting process.
"He told me a lot and that recruiting is politics and that you know some things work out and some things don't. You've got to take advantage of opportunities as they present themselves."
As for this summer, besides working out with his team at Hendrickson here's what Mbanasor said he would be doing.
"I hope to get up to Stillwater and maybe take some out of state visits. Maybe I'll make those or not, you never know," he said.
There's an alarm but honestly it's not uncommon. These prospects love being chased, enjoy the attention, and most do make some visits after making a commitment. However, it begged for the question, just how final is your commitment, Nelson Mbanasor?
"I think it's pretty final. You know I'm really strong on OSU. I really like them," Mbanasor finished up.
He added that he would check out the coaches when they came either to Belton or to San Antonio for the Mary Hardin-Baylor satellite camps in a little over a week. That would be before he could make it up to Stillwater, which he plans later this summer.