Cowboys Latest Commitment Talks About OSU

Trust in DeForest. Oklahoma State fans have come to do that in recent years and must do so again with the commitment of Fort Bend Austin linebacker/defensive end prospect Shane Jarka. Jarka is a little under the radar screen as he didn't make Texas Top 100 lists, but he is easily a Texas Top 200 player and he made the top linebacker list in Texas Football magazine. DeForest has made a habit out of mining players like Jarka out of Houston and they end up being major contributors at OSU.

We spoke with Jarka and found him very honest about himself and his commitment to Oklahoma State.

"I was being recruited by Texas Tech and TCU mainly," said Jarka of the other schools involved. "Oklahoma State was the only school that offered, and when I went on the visit (Thursday) I made the decision to commit. I really like the coaches and then seeing the facilities assured me. I also just had a gut feeling that this was the school I needed to go to."

His parents accompanied him on the trip to Stillwater and they were sold as well. "They loved it, really loved it," said Jarka.

Another commitment from the Houston area sparks the question of did the wave of commitments and the televised commitments of Michael Goodson, Donnell Williams and Patrick Lavine weigh into his decision at all?

"It kind of did," said Jarka. "I could tell there was a lot going on with Oklahoma State and that's good. I still had to see it and make sure it was right for me. So it did a little."

Jarka was an honorable mention all-district player last season at linebacker with 87 tackles, three sacks, two fumble recoveries, and an interception. He is listed at 6-3 and 230 pounds, but told us that he is up to 235 pounds. His 40 time has been listed anywhere from 4.75 to 4.89. The truth, as it often does, lies in the middle. He told us that he runs a 4.8.

"I've really known that I was going to end up being a defensive end in college, and that's fine with me," Jarka added on switching from linebacker where he has played and will play this season for Austin High School in Fort Bend, Texas.

There were reports of him favoring Texas Tech recently, but he dismissed that as a result of not having seen Oklahoma State and the facilities there. He is also a strong student.

"I'm going to major in something in science," said Jarka, who added that he is a 4.0 student and scored 1020 on the SAT exam.

He is an OSU fan now. But whodid he root for growing up?

"My dad is from Indiana, so we were kind of Notre Dame fans, I always liked Notre Dame," said Jarka. "That changes now."

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