Recruiting Notebook: Ballard Deciding Tonight

Oklahoma State signs a pair of junior college standouts and the Cowboys are now waiting on safety Corrion Ballard of Blinn College to announce his college choice.

It is Junior College National Signing Day and Oklahoma State as of midday on Wednesday has two signings of junior college players that will be mid-year transfers – Garden City Community College offensive lineman Arlington Hambright and Arizona Western C.C. linebacker Patrick Macon.

The Oklahoma State coaching staff is also waiting along with Nebraska, Utah, and Texas Tech on Blinn College safety Corrion Ballard, who has put off his decision until Wednesday night, and his Twitter site certainly reflects that a decent number of fans have their interest tuned to Ballard's decision.

Transfer DT Can Play in 2017

In other developments, Oklahoma State got a four-year transfer defensive tackle in Enoch Smith Jr. out of Michigan State. The 6-3, 295-pound native of Chicago and Mt. Carmel High School left the Spartans program back in August and will come in and immediately be eligible for the 2017 season and have two years to play. He only played in three games in his Michigan State career, but he helped Mt. Carmel to back-to-back Class 7A state championships and was highly regarded coming out of high school.

Ballard Shows Off OSU Threads as a Teaser

Ballard, who is deciding tonight, is a potential difference maker with 41 tackles this past season for the Buccaneers along with three interceptions. He did post some re-tweets on his site last night, including a picture of himself in an Oklahoma State uniform while he was in Stillwater last weekend on his visit, but so far everything has been a teaser.  

Kerstetter Activity Swirling

Oklahoma State commitment and U.S. Army All-American offensive lineman Derek Kerstetter out of San Antonio Reagan High School can be forgiven if his head is swimming. Kerstetter welcomed in Cowboys head coach Mike Gundy and offensive line coach Greg Adkins last Thursday when Gundy was down in San Antonio to attend an Alamo Bowl press conference. 

Kerstetter has been loyal with his pledge to the Cowboys but that is likely to be tested as his high school coach and the president of the Texas High School Football Coaches Association David Wetzel has been hired on staff at Baylor by new Bears head coach Matt Ruhle. Wetzel is a Baylor alum and a standout coach. So far, he has not come back and recruited Kerstetter and he may not see that as ethical. It will be interesting. 

The 6-5, 290-pound Kerstetter has at least 12 offers besides Oklahoma State and that now includes Texas and new coach Tom Herman, who offered Kerstetter when he was head coach at Houston. Kansas, Illinois, Texas Tech, and Minnesota are others. This will be a recruiting battle for Oklahoma State after losing Dan Moore to Texas A&M just before the start of the dead period. 

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