Dec. 9 Is Big Weekend For Mid-Year Enrollees

Oklahoma State is expecting a number of junior college and high school players to visit on Dec. 9, and many will be making decisions on where to enroll in January as mid-year transfers.

First, there will be no further story on new offensive tackle commitment Arlington Hambright out of Garden City C.C. until after this weekend. His head coach at Garden City, Jeff Simms, advised him to focus on his studies in order to get his degree at mid-year and on the game coming up this weekend for the NJCAA National Championship against 11-0 Arizona Western. I told Hambright that I had no problem with that and would talk to him after this weekend and that big game in Arizona.

Hambright will be making his official visit to Oklahoma State on Dec. 9, and he did confirm for me that he has three years to play two seasons at Oklahoma State as he is completing his second year of competition for the 10-0 Broncs. He also confirmed that he played his high school football at Bellville High School in Ypsilanti, Mich. 

In that NJCAA National Championship game, Hambright could wind up blocking a linebacker that he will likely see in Stillwater as Patrick Macon (pictured above), who Oklahoma State offered back in the summer, is the leading tackler for the unbeaten Matadors out of Yuma. Macon, who is 6-3, 225 pounds, has 117 tackles, 57 unassisted, 9 sacks, 27.5 tackles for loss, 9 fumbles caused, 2 fumbles recovered and an interception. Macon is scheduled to visit Dec. 9.

The complete list of visitors or likely visitors includes Corrion Ballard, a 6-3, 200-pound safety out of Blinn C.C. in Texas; Michael Clemons, defensive end out of Cisco C.C. in Texas; Alton Robinson, defensive end out of NEO A&M J.C. in Oklahoma, and a couple of high school commitments in Forney, Texas star linebacker Brendan Vaughn and Gilmer, Texas cornerback LaMarcus Morton.

Vaughn and Morton are both expected to enroll at mid-year. But Morton could miss his opportunity to visit for a good reason and that would be Gilmer moving on in the playoffs this weekend and still playing on the weekend of Dec. 9. 

Jelani Woods is still playing with his school in the Georgia high school playoffs and he already visited on the first weekend of the season, but he is also a mid-year enrollee. 

The Cowboys are still waiting on tight end Ravian Pierce, who visited the weekend of the Texas Tech game and has also visited Syracuse. He is finishing up junior college and should sign in December. Pierce had 50 receptions for 426 yards and two touchdowns at Southwest Mississippi C.C. He is originally out of Plantation High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Ballard is a big safety and had 41 tackles this season with five sacks and three interceptions at Blinn. Robinson, a former Texas A&M signee, had 67 tackles at NEO and a very impressive 14 sacks to lead the Southwest Junior College Football Conference. Clemons had 30 tackles at Cisco with 8.5 tackles for loss. 

Dec. 9 will be an important weekend for the Cowboys recruiting. 


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