Cowboys Sign Three JUCO Players

Oklahoma State came up with three new additions to the football squad on the first day of the National Signing Day for junior college midterm transfers.

The Cowboys added a pair of players to the defensive line in Josh Pinaire of Hutchinson (Kans.) Community College and highly regarded Ryan McBean of Hinds (Miss.) Community College. They also signed Tevin Williams of NEO A&M Junior College who first signed with OSU out of high school in February of 2002.

On the defensive line both Pinaire and McBean will add size. Pinaire, who earned first team All-Jayhawk Conference and NJCAA All-Region honors, is 6-5, 290 pounds with 4.9 speed. Pinaire finished his sophomore season at Hutchinson with 58 total tackles, 31 unassisted tackles, 14 tackles for 24 yards in losses, three sacks, an interception, a fumble caused, and a fumble recovered.

"I feel good, glad to be a part of the OSU program," said Pinaire after signing his letter of intent. "I saw an opportunity at Oklahoma State to come in and have a good opportunity to play right away."

Pinaire committed to the Cowboys early along with Willie Williams, a defensive line teammate at Hutchinson. Williams (6-3, 300), who is scheduled to graduate in May, is expected to sign with OSU on National Signing Day on February 2.

McBean is 6-5, 275 pounds with 4.87 speed. The former all-metro and all-district player at Euless Trinity High School in Texas was a Texas Top 100 recruit as a prep senior and this season earned all-conference honors at Hinds. McBean was also recruited by Ole Miss, Arkansas, Mississippi State and Alabama.

Tevin Williams was a starter at NEO A&M, and was one of the top wide receivers in Oklahoma as a high school senior. He built his reputation during his freshman, sophomore and junior years catching passes from former OSU quarterback Josh Fields. Williams was an all-district and all-state selection coming out of high school. This past season at NEO he had 15 receptions for 224 yards and two touchdowns. Williams is 6-3, 205 pounds with 4.5 speed.

"I'm real happy," said Williams. "OSU is where I wanted to be in the first place, but I didn't get my scores. I do think the two years in junior college helped me. I want to work hard and try to prove to the coaches that I deserve to be out on the field."

There is one other possible addition to the junior college midterm class as Butler County (Kans.) Community College cornerback Jonathan Wilhite (5-10, 185, 4.4) is wrapping up his final exams. He has a chance to qualify as a midterm transfer and if he does he says he will make a decision between Oklahoma State and Auburn, and sign as early as Thursday or Friday.

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