Cowboys Get First Commitment for 2006

Linebacker Deron Fontenot, a 5-foot-11, 205-pound junior from South Grand Prairie High School in Texas, is the first player to verbally commit to Oklahoma State for the 2006 recruiting class.

It was about this time a year ago that Oklahoma State got its first football commitment for the 2005 recruiting class in Garber, Okla., offensive lineman Brady Bond. Bond committed to the Cowboys at their annual Junior Day recruiting event, but the commitment was not made public until June.

This year Cowboy fans don't have to wait until June. Oklahoma State gained its first verbal commitment on Saturday at Junior Day from South Grand Prairie High School linebacker Deron Fontenot. The 5-11, 205-pound Fontenot has started for the Warriors since his sophomore season and as a junior finished with close to 90 tackles and earned first team All-District 6-5A honors. Fontenot has the speed (4.5 in the 40-yard dash) to play in the secondary but is more than physical enough to be successful at linebacker.

"I really like coach (Mike) Gundy and coach (Vance) Bedford," said Fontenot. "The whole atmosphere there was great. We saw practice and the facilities are great, and then the way the fans packed it for the basketball game. It was all good and I was ready to commit."

Fontenot says he intends to be back in Stillwater for the Oklahoma State camp this summer, and he is hoping that some of his South Grand Prairie teammates will join him in Stillwater. Attending the junior day with Fontenot from SGP were defensive end Brian Evans, cornerback Melvin Stephenson and safety Malcolm Williams. Evans and Williams were also all-district performers last season.

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