Recruiting: Eric Preast

Eric Preast made a major discovery during his official visit to Oklahoma State this past weekend – the Cowboys are switching from the 4-2-5 defense they ran the last few seasons to a 4-3 defensive alignment.

Preast, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound linebacker out of Sulphur (Okla.) High School, reconfirmed his commitment to Oklahoma State after his official visit this past weekend. He was excited to meet the coaching staff that new head coach Mike Gundy has put together.

"It was a great visit," Preast said. "It was everything and more that I could have imagined. The new coaching staff is great. They are some really smart guys who have a lot of good ideas. They are real energetic. I was happy to hear they are going from the 4-2-5 to a 4-3 defense because that's what I played in high school."

Preast was impressed with Gundy and looking forward to meeting newly hired defensive coordinator Vance Bedford, who was not in Stillwater after accepting the job on Friday.

"I've known coach Gundy previously and got to talk with him some. He's a great guy," Preast said. "I was eager to get to know which coaches I was going to be working with, and they still don't have a linebackers coach but will be naming one soon."

Preast, who fought through shoulder problems this past high school season, said he expects to learn on Monday when he will have surgery.

"It was just nagging me throughout the season and they've told me it will keep nagging at you until you get it fixed. They're just going to go in and clean it out, and I'll be ready in a few months," he said.

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