Cowboys Add Sixth Commitment, The Seventh Close

As I reported on the radio midweek in Oklahoma City, the Cowboys have added a sixth commitment from DeSoto, Texas linebacker Bradley Barree. They are also close to adding a punter/kicker in Matt Fodge out of Garland.

Bradley Barree is 6-0, 225 pounds and ran a 4.6 forty in the O-State camp last weekend. He also made a strong impression when he knocked a fellow camper out cold with a clean hit in the full contact drills.

"The coaches offered me a scholarship at the end of camp, and I accepted, but I also had to talk to my family before I made it official," said Barree. "I love it at Oklahoma State, the coaches, the campus, the facilities. I really feel at home and will fit in there."

Barree has played tight end, but will be a fulltime linebacker for the Eagles this fall. He has great instincts for the position and is a big hitter as evidenced in camp. He is also just one of five or six DeSoto players that Oklahoma State is interested in with one of those being cornerback T.J. Bell, the younger brother of former Cowboy tailback Tatum Bell, who is now with the Denver Broncos.

Fodge was also in Stillwater last weekend with his father at the Sunday minicamp. The 6-0, 180 pounder is a combo kicker that is excellent at punting and kicking. It sounds strange that Oklahoma State would add a kicker after Jason Ricks of Round Rock Westwood in the recent class, but Fodge is too good to pass up.

Fodge was brilliant kicking for OSU special teams coordinator Joe DeForest last Sunday. I witnessed him kicking in the SMU kicking camp this past week and he was a perfect nine for nine in a ladder field goal drill that started with an extra point and ended with 50-yard field goals from each hashmark. He is also a 44-yard average punter for Garland High School in Texas.

"I would say Matt is unofficially committed," said his father. "He was very good last Sunday and we were very impressed with Oklahoma State. He and I both liked it a lot. The offer came to us on Monday, and really he just wants to go back up there with his mother so that she can see the campus and meet the coaches. I'm sure she will like it like we did, and then he will make it official."

The Fodge family is planning to make that trip this next week, and his commitment would put Oklahoma State at seven verbal pledges.

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