Recruiting: Ryan McBean

Hinds (Miss.) Junior College defensive lineman Ryan McBean did sign just as we reported early Wednesday evening. He was en route back home to Euless, Texas, from Hinds and signed when he got back home to Texas.

I don't know about the confusion from other outlets not having the story, but I'm always glad when and gets it first, and we will always strive to get it right, whether we are first or not.

Thursday morning we had a chance to to talk further with the 6-5, 275-pound defensive end or tackle prospect.

McBean is a 4.87 in the 40 which gives him the speed to play defensive end. He would really prefer to play there after playing tackle this season at Hinds. He finished with seven sacks and 59 total tackles. He was named first team All-Mississippi Junior College at defensive tackle. He was listed by the J.C. Gridwire as the #2 defensive line prospect in Mississippi junior college ranks and the #6 prospect at that position nationally.

In high school at Euless Trinity he was a two-time All-District selection, All-Metro, and his district's Defensive MVP. He was recruited by Kansas State, Notre Dame, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Iowa among others.

So why did he choose Oklahoma State coming out of junior college?

"For the most reason it is the coaches – coach Bailey, coach Miles and the entire staff," said McBean. "I want to play for them. They are cool people. My coach at Hinds was cool and we saw eye to eye on most things. I'm also going to play with some guys that I played against in high school like X (Xavier Lawson-Kennedy) and Daniel McLemore, who was a running back when I played against him in high school. That will be good coming back to play with some friends."

McBean has another reason, a good one, that he's heading to Oklahoma State.

"My mom hasn't seen me play college football," added McBean. "Hinds was 13 hours away and she never got to see me play. Now I will be three hours away and I want her to have the chance to see her son play football."

McBean is ready to report to Stillwater for the start of the second semester.

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