Five mid-year players will be added soon to the Oklahoma State football family. Junior college NJCAA Defensive Player of the Year Patrick Macon, a talented linebacker out of Arizona Western Junior College, and Arlington Hambright, a big offensive tackle from NJCAA national champion Garden City Community College, are junior college transfers.
The other three are high school early enrollees in Forney star linebacker prospect Brendan Vaughn, Cedar Grove High School quarterback Jelani Woods out of Georgia, and Gilmer, Texas cornerback/wide receiver two-way player LaMarcus Morton.
Go Pokes spoke with both Woods and Morton as they near their departure for college next week.
Morton was just named to the Associated Press Sports Editors Class 4A Texas All-State team as he was selected second-team at wide receiver. Morton finished with 67 receptions for 1,368 yards and 15 touchdowns for the Buckeyes and on defense had 32 tackles with five pass break-ups.
"Yes sir, I've got a signing ceremony on Monday and it is supposed to start at 10 (a.m.)," Morton said of the event with friends and family since he will be in school on Feb. 1 when the National Signing Day takes place. "We're going to be taking a lot of pictures and things."
Morton can sign a Financial Aid Agreement for now which binds the school. His commitment is bound when he enrolls and attends class. He will still likely sign a Letter of Intent, and it could be signed and dated for Feb. 1 and even faxed in from Gilmer High School. It is always different with those early high school enrollees that often times are attending class on their college campus the morning of signing day.
As for looking forward to starting college, Morton sounds ready.
"It's exciting to start my new journey up there," Morton added. "It's great to get to play football at the next level, a lot of guys don't get the opportunity to do that. I have to thank my high school coaches because they gave me the opportunity and gave me the ball and Oklahoma State saw something in me and I went up there and remember the campus felt like home and my relationship with the coaches was great. My mom likes them and it feels like home."
Woods is fresh from that Georgia Class 3A state championship game win as Cedar Grove defeated Greater Atlanta Christian 30-19. Woods was 12-of-18 passing in that game for 144 yards with touchdown tosses of 32 and 17 yards. He did throw one interception. Woods was also named honorable mention Class 3A All-State by the Atlanta Journal Constitution and he was 5-AAA first-team All-Region quarterback.
"It was a lot of fun," Woods said of winning the state championship. "It will change your life after that."
Woods said now he is looking forward to getting to Stillwater as the 6-7, 230-pound quarterback is set to be on campus Wednesday, Jan. 18.
"I'm anxious to get up there, to get working, and start going to school," Woods said. "I'm just very excited and I will find out my classes for next semester when I get there."
Woods said he watched the Cowboys 38-8 Alamo Bowl win over 10th-ranked Colorado and liked what he saw.
"Yes sir, I was watching it on big screen and cheering them on," he said. "It was very powerful and unstoppable on offense and that is what I like. It is the same offense that we run."
Again, Woods and Morton will be joined by Vaughn, making for a pretty stout trio of high school graduates starting out their Cowboys careers this spring.