Oklahoma State has been pretty intent on finding a Cowboy back, one that is more like graduating blocker and former offensive guard Zac Veatch. They have several that can fit the pass receiving mode, but head coach Mike Gundy kind of put out a "help wanted" alert during his news conference last Thursday and the Cowboys have been checking the junior college ranks and looked at a candidate at NEO A&M. They then offered a jumbo back at College of San Mateo in California and on Wednesday that candidate, Sione Finefeuiaki, committed to the Cowboys.
"I committed earlier today," Finefeuiaki said over the phone. His name is pronounced Si-onay Feenay-say-we-aki.
"I spoke to coach (Mike) Gundy and coach (Jason) McEndoo. It was very exciting to be offered by Oklahoma State. Oklahoma State kind of speaks for itself and to get an offer from them in junior college is very humbling."
Finefeuaki is a freshman and will be a May/June transfer. He will finish up at College of San Mateo in May and be in Stillwater in June. He is 6-0, 245 pounds and played fullback and some h-back at College of San Mateo, which finished as Bay 6 Conference champs this season in the California Junior College Association. They were unbeaten in conference before losing in the first round of the playoffs. Finefeuaki is a product of Wilcox High School in Santa Clara, Calf.
This past season he carried the ball 17 times for 120 yards with a 7.1-yards per carry average and a touchdown. He was very impressive catching the ball with 34 receptions for 495 yards and seven touchdowns. He is also a powerful blocker, which had to be the top prerequisite for what Oklahoma State was looking for.
"Yes, that is what they were looking for," Finefeuiaki said. "That is what I did for San Mateo and I'm looking forward to doing it for Oklahoma State."
The Polynesian culture that is in the Oklahoma State program was attractive to him and he was recruited some by Oklahoma State coordinator of player development Beni Tonga.
Finefeuaki said he is making his official visit to Oklahoma State either the third or fourth weekend in January. His only other offer he said at this time was Rhode Island, but again, I think this is a case of Oklahoma State searching for a player that fit a certain role that they have a high need for and they must feel they found that player in Finefeuaki.