Two of the areas where Oklahoma State football was either young, very young or a little depth challenged were shored up in the past 24 hours as both Clemson cornerback Adrian Baker and California offensive tackle Aaron Cochran pledged to be at Oklahoma State as fifth-year graduate transfers. In order to get that done, a player has to have a year or more eligibility left, graduate from their current school, and enroll in the new school and start a graduate degree plan that is not offered at their former school. Baker is looking for a graduate degree in Communications, while it is uncertain what degree plan Cochran is pursuing.
"He is a big old boy and a really goofy guy, everybody here is going to love him and love his family," current Oklahoma State senior linebacker Chad Whitener said as he was a teammate with Cochran at Cal.
Whitener said he is smart and that Cochran really kind of invented his own major and that he could have graduated a semester ago. You can read his Twitter and see he is opinionated and is politically active in his posts and ideas. Whitener said he is a good football player. Cochran's Twitter account said he plays football sometimes.
He declared his commitment to Oklahoma State on Twitter Wednesday morning.
"Glad to say that I'll be continuing my collegiate football career at Oklahoma State University! #GoPokes."
Cochran chose OSU over Auburn and Texas Tech, but it may not have been as close as some may have thought. His signed Financial Aid Agreement, which locks in Oklahoma State to a scholarship, was sent in several days ago.
He will bring a two-year starting left tackle to the program that lost two-year starter Victor Salako to graduation after last season and the options this spring where rushing red-shirt freshman Dylan Galloway, who will be a good player in time into starting or moving right tackle and three-year starter Zach Crabtree over to the left side and have Shane Richards play the right tackle. Richards is a junior college product from Canada that has not started at this level. Cochran has two years starting in a similar style offense and look at the video. He is big at 6-8, 351 pounds, but has good feet and is strong.
Baker joins senior Darius Curry and the three young corners in A.J. Green, Madre Harper, and Rodarius Williams that have all progressed a lot this spring. In the Big 12 with all the crazy spread passing attacks, you need a lot of corners. Curry picked Oklahoma State over Houston and Central Florida. He was going to announce in May but sped up because he was ready.
"I spent time with Tre Flowers and he showed me around and told me what it was like, everybody like family," Baker said. "I also saw a team that has been winning 9 and 10 games and they need to beat Oklahoma. I was on teams that beat Oklahoma twice. I can help in big games. I see a team that has a chance to play and win a national championship and that is part of the reason I am coming to Oklahoma State."
"That's the way they brought us here," Flowers said. "They say it's a family atmosphere and I wouldn't want to build anything off lies. It's a fortunate situation, so why wouldn't you jump on it."
Head coach Mike Gundy said it is drastically different recruiting the fifth-year transfers. They are much more educated.
"They've done their research. These guys that come in here as fifth-year transfers know everything," Gundy said. "It is a completely different world recruiting them than a high school player because they know exactly what they are looking for."
Oklahoma State is fortunate that Cochran and Baker have found what they were looking for with the Cowboys. Those two players will help a lot for the upcoming season.