2017 ATH Thabo Mwaniki (Greg Powers / SCOUT)

Breaking Down Oklahoma State Signee Thabo Mwaniki

Scout and GoPokes.com take a closer look at Oklahoma State signee Thabo Mwaniki, the No. 13 athlete prospect in Texas ...

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Signing Day Spotlight

Thabo Mwaniki, Athlete, Denton (Texas) Guyer

Size: 5-10, 180

Recruiting: Mwaniki committed in late July to Oklahoma State. Schools such as TCU and UCLA made runs at Mwaniki late in the cycle, but he stuck with the Pokes. He also has offers from Colorado, Kansas, Purdue, and several others.

Rankings: Scout ranks Mwaniki as the No. 13 athlete in the state of Texas and the No. 73 athlete nationally for the 2017 class.

Stats

HIGH SCHOOL CAREER: In three varsity seasons, Mwaniki registered 181 tackles and 16 pass breakups, while catching 32 passes for 522 yards and two touchdowns playing for talent-laden Denton Guyer in Texas.

2016: Mwaniki was a key cog on both sides of the ball for Denton Guyer at the Texas Class 6A level. He made 64 tackles, one interception, and nine pass breakups playing safety, while accounting for 567 yards of offense. He caught 16 passes for 261 yards and one touchdown, while rushing for 243 yards and four TD's on 5.7 yards per carry. He also completed 9 of 15 passes for 63 yards.

2015: As a junior, Mwaniki recorded 61 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, two sacks, one fumble recovery, five QB hurries, and six pass breakups on defense. He also caught 16 passes for 261 yards and one TD.

2014: Mwaniki had a great debut as a sophomore, recording 56 tackles, five tackles for loss, one fumble recovery, and one pass breakup.

Game clips

Evaluation notes

Thabo Mwaniki is a versatile prospect and three-phase playmaker in TXHSFB who could play either side of the ball at the FBS level, but may project best to the secondary. Mwaniki closes well when crashing downhill, but also shows good awareness when dropping in coverage from his safety position. He's a consistent tackler who can pack a punch, despite lacking ideal safety size. - Gabe Brooks

Strengths
  • Closing speed
  • Instincts
  • Tackling ability

Area to Improve
  • Size


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