Oklahoma State has had some excellent luck with players from Denton Guyer High School. Former Cowboy quarterback J.W. Walsh, slot receiver Josh Stewart, and defensive end Jimmy Bean all were outstanding. Today, Guyer 2017 class safety prospect Thabo Mwaniki visited the Cowboys unofficially. He was in Stillwater with his mother and it made a strong impression on both of them.
"It went very well," said Mwaniki. "I liked everything and my mom liked everything. We went on a tour of campus. We saw the facilities and had a chance to meet a lot of the staff. We saw the academic center.
"Like I said, there wasn't anything that I didn't feel was great. My mom was really happy to see everything there. Coach Hammer (safeties coach Dan Hammerschimidt) showed us around and coach Groce (assistant recruiting coordinator Mike Groce) and a few others."
Mwaniki is a 5-11, 185-pound safety who Guyer often sneaks down in the box to play a hybrid safety/linebacker similar to the Cowboys "star" linebacker. Last season he also started dabbling at playing on offense at wide receiver. He has 120 career tackles with 64 last season. He also had 14 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks last season with one fumble recovery. He caught 18 passes for 293 yards and a touchdown.
"This season I will play some of both (offense and defense), actually I will play a lot of both," Mwaniki added.
Mwaniki has scholarship offers from Air Force, Army, Colorado, Colorado State, Connecticut, Fresno State, New Mexico, North Texas, Purdue, SMU, and UTSA. He is being recruited by Oklahoma State, Houston, Kansas, Oregon, and Tulsa.
"I think that Oklahoma State is going to offer," he said. "They were going to offer before and then today coach Gundy wasn't there, but they are going to get us connected on the phone on Monday."
Practice starts at Denton Guyer on Aug. 8 and Mwaniki sounded like he was ready. He certainly sounded excited following his visit to Oklahoma State.