Sometimes in this business you just get a feel and if you thought we were sitting on ready with Thabo Mwaniki with our coverage of his unofficial visit this past week and the offer he received from Oklahoma State on Friday then you were right on your assumption.
Mwaniki sure seemed to be very close to a decision when we talked to him on the telephone, and on Saturday afternoon the 5-11, 185-pound safety from Denton Guyer made his decision known on his Twitter account as he pledged to the Cowboys.
"First, I would like to thank God for blessing me with my abilities & this opportunity to live out my dreams of playing at the next level," Mwaniki started on his Twitter (@thabomwaniki) with an attachment. "Next, I would like to thank all of my family, friends, coaches, and teammates for supporting me through this whole process. And last, I want to thank all the schools & coaches for believing in me & giving me the opportunity to play for their university.
"I am extremely blessed to be in the position that I'm in today, with that being said I have decided to verbally commit to Oklahoma State University!!" Mwaniki continued his comment with some orange and pistol emoji and #GoPokes, #PistolsFiring, and #Magnificient17
He is the 17th commitment in the 2017 class for Oklahoma State.
Mwaniki said by phone on Saturday evening that the biggest reason for his commitment was playing time.
"The biggest deciding factor was that there will be five safeties leaving before I get there and early playing time was the biggest factor in my decision," he said. "My mom was a very big factor and she was with me on the unofficial visit and she knew Oklahoma State had a good football program but she was blown away by the facilities and the campus."
Mwaniki, who if you watch him on tape shows that he is a physical player, may be a little undersized at safety but he had 64 tackles last season and he will hit you. He comes from Guyer and a long line of players that have come from the Denton school and been productive at OSU including the son of Guyer head coach John Walsh, J.W. Walsh.
Mwaniki said that factored in some too.
"Yes it did, you know I received some pretty good advice from a lot of people and from coach Walsh," Mwaniki said. "J.W. and other Guyer players had gone up there and been successful, won a lot of games, and went to BCS bowl games. I want to do a lot of both."
Mwaniki is the second safety as Kris McCune will play there as well. Last season, Mwaniki 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.
His plan academically is to major in chemical engineering as he has family members that are already in that field.