Recruiting: Preston Brown Becomes 17th Commit

It doesn't happen very often that a graduate assistant pulls in a recruit and when it does it is a big feather in their cap. We'll put that feather in the cap of offensive graduate assistant Jeremy Offutt because Antioch, Tenn., running back Preston Brown called up Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy Thursday and told him he was committing to the Cowboys.

"I called him today," Brown said of his conversation with Gundy. "I was at home when I called him and I just told him that I liked the school too much and I wanted to go ahead and commit. It is a laid back environment and that is what I was looking for. I'll be abel to focus on my football and my studies. They have told me that I will be tried at running back. They want to throw the ball to the backs on offense. They may also try me on defense and I can play that too."

Brown had said after getting home from his official visit to Stillwater this past weekend that he was going to wait awhile but gave every indication that he was going to commit to Oklahoma State. We even asked if he wanted that said and he asked us to hold off on some of his stronger language about making a commitment to OSU. He had said he planned to do it when Gundy made his home visit.

Brown is also scheduled to make a visit to Kentucky, so will he cancel that trip? "Probably, most likely," Brown said in kind of keeping with the tone of this recruiting season where most commitments still take visits. We'll keep in touch to see if he makes that scheduled visit on Dec. 16.

Brown missed three games this season, but the 5-10, 175-pound speedster (4.4) still rushed for 1,450 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also saw duty on defense and had two interceptions. Brown gave us this review of his visit on Sunday night after he got home from Stillwater.

"It was very good," Brown said of the visit speaking just 30 minutes after getting home. "I liked it a lot. Everything was good. The people are cool and are down to earth. Everybody knows everybody or at least they act like they do. My host was Tevin Williams and being from Stillwater I think he did know everybody. We did go to a basketball game and that was tight. I really like that Cowboy mascot, he's tight too."

Now Pistol Pete will be his mascot too.

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